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Martin Unveils OM-42PS Paul Simon<br>Limited Edition Signature Model for 1997

Release Date: 01/16/97
Source: Press Release
OM-42PS (Paul Simon)

Anaheim, CA - C. F. Martin & Co. is proud to announce a major collaboration with Paul Simon, one of the most significant recording artists of our time. The OM-42PS Paul Simon Limited Edition Guitar will be available only from Martin dealers throughout the world. The edition will be limited to just 500 guitars, each numbered in sequence and personally signed by Paul Simon and C. F. Martin, IV, Martin's chairman and CEO.

Following an initial meeting to discuss limited edition possibilities with Martin's Artist Relations Manager Dick Boak, Paul and his son Harper (also a great guitarist) traveled to Martin's headquarters in Nazareth, PA, to try out a variety of Martin guitar sizes, shapes and styles. After several hours, Paul zeroed in on two, the 0000 (Grand Auditorium) and OM (Orchestra Model). Martin built four prototypes for Paul to try, two in each size. He paid particular attention to the neck, opting for a custom variation of the wider OM neck width. In respect to appointments, Paul felt that as a limited edition or collectable, the model should be ornate but tasteful, easy to amplify, and suitable for use on stage and in the studio. The edition size (five hundred) was taken from "Suite 500," Simon's office in the classic Brill Building in Manhattan.

The OM-42PS limited edition Martin guitar was designed to meet Paul Simon's exacting requirements for tone, size, and action. The smaller OM body size, combined with the long (25.4") scale length, is particularly applicable to fingerstyle guitarists who are seeking a strong yet balanced tone. Paul Simon and C. F. Martin & Co. generally steer clear of product endorsements. As a result, both wished to develop a special guitar that would help fund a charity. Paul Simon is co-founder of The Children's Health Fund, the nation's largest organization offering health care to homeless children, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to this charity.

Paul Simon's most recent project is writing the score for the Broadway musical "The Capeman," scheduled to open in New York in the fall of 1997. Advance word is that the music is so exceptional, it will set a new standard by which musicals will be judged. The two acoustic guitars being used in the show are two of the initial prototypes of the limited edition built by The Martin Guitar Company.

The OM-42PS is tastefully appointed with tortoise colored bindings throughout. Handcrafted entirely with solid woods, the sides and back are constructed from select grade East Indian rosewood, and the top is bookmatched from quartersawn Sitka spruce. The perimeter of the pearl rosetted soundboard has been painstakingly inlaid with highly colored Style 42 abalone pearl top inlay. At Simon's specific request, the adjustable neck is sleek and low with a comfortable 1 11/16" neck width at the nut, but with the slightly wider OM neck width as you move up toward the twelfth fret. A Style 45 pearl inlaid C. F. Martin headstock is bound in tortoise and fitted with the highest quality vintage style Waverly nickel-plated open-geared tuning machines with ivoroid buttons. A genuine ebony tortoise bound fingerboard features the original Style 42 snowflake pattern in abalone pearl, with Paul Simon's signature delicately inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. A deluxe five-ply vintage series Geib style hardshell case has been designed to house this special guitar.

Paul Simon is widely known for his legendary partnership with Art Garfunkel but after their breakup in the early 1970s, it was Paul's talent that emerged in album after album of award-winning material. From his first solo release in 1972 (titled simply "Paul Simon") to his 1990 "Rhythm of the Saints," Simon's work bridges the gaps between music, poetry and art. One of his most successful works was the Grammy-award winning "Graceland," a project that influenced and inspired the "world music" movement.

Martin Guitar dealers will begin to take orders for the five hundred OM-42PS immediately. As with all Martin guitars, the construction process takes both time and expertise. The Martin Guitar Company dates back to the 1830s when Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., moved to the United States from Europe. The guitar shop he set up over 160 years ago has been continuously family owned and operated. Current Chairman and CEO, Chris Martin, IV, is the sixth generation Martin to head this venerable company.

Martin Introduces<br>1995 Eric Clapton 000-42EC Signature Edition

Release Date: 01/01/95
Source: Press Release

The Martin Guitar Company is proud to announce a significant collaboration with world renowned guitarist, Eric Clapton. As part of an ongoing annual limited edition guitar program, Martin will be handcrafting a series of special 000-42EC Eric Clapton signature model acoustic guitars.

The 000-42EC model was designed in conjunction with Eric Clapton’s wish to blend two specific vintage Martin 000 small bodied acoustic guitars that Clapton regularly performs with on stage and in the studio. The two guitars, which were made highly visible on Clapton’s MTV Unplugged Concert and subsequent Grammy award-winning compact disc release, are a vintage 1939 000-42 and a vintage 000-28. His 000-28 was modified with style 45 fingerboard, headstock and top pearl by Martin historian and inlay artist, Mike Longworth. Eric’s favorite features from the two instuments have been combined and optimized to create the 1995 Limited Edition 000-42EC.

The smaller "000" body size with a short 24.9" scale length is particularly popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists who prefer a delicate and balanced tone. The 000-42EC is tastefully appointed with a tortoise colored pickguard, a Style 45 pearl inlaid C. F. Martin headplate, and ivoroid bindings. The perimeter of the soundboard has been painstakingly inlaid with highly colored Style 42 abalone pearl top inlay. Crafted with solid woods throughout, the sides and back are constructed from premium grade solid East Indian rosewood and the top is bookmatched from select quartersawn Sitka spruce. Vintage style Martin gold-plated open-geared tuning machines are equipped with unique "butterbean" knobs. A genuine ebony fingerboard features the original Style 45 snowflake pattern in abalone pearl, and Eric Clapton’s signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

A deluxe soft padded burgundy velour-lined five-ply hardshell case has been designed to house this special guitar. Appropriately, the case features top-of-the-line hardware, a three-digit combination lock, and an engraved brass limited edition plate.

The edition is limited to 461 instruments, each individually numbered and personally signed by Eric Clapton and C. F. Martin IV. The number "461" was taken from his 1974 comeback album entitled "461 Ocean Boulevard," the address of the house in Florida that Clapton rented during the album's recording sessions.

A significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of these guitars will be donated to The Eric Clapton Children’s Trust, a fund that will be dispersed to children’s charities worldwide at the specific discretion of Eric Clapton, who as a result of the loss of his own child, has a significant interest in the concerns of children.

Elvis' 1st Performance Guitar Brings<br>$180,000 at Atlanta Auction

Release Date: 10/10/95
Source: Press Release

D-18 Martin Guitar Serial no. 80221

The guitar Elvis Presley used to record his first hits was auctioned in Atlanta, Georgia on October 5th for the sum of $180,000. The instrument was purchased by an antiques dealer and collector from London.

Elvis played his 1942 Martin D-18 (Serial #80221) acoustic guitar exclusively between 1954 and 1956, and used it for his "Sun Sessions" recordings produced by Sam Phillips and his first major concerts.

Until recently, the guitar and a photograph showing Elvis playing on stage, were hung in the north wing of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which considered the instrument "one of the most significant items" that they had on exhibit.

According to Jim Jaworowitz, memorabilia consultant to Graceland and Christie's, the Martin is the only guitar that Elvis' played that is not currently owned by Graceland. "I believe that it is one of the most valuable guitars that has been placed on the market," said Jaworowitz.

Many photographs show Elvis with the guitar. Originally, stick-on block letters spelled "E-L-V-I-S" along the bottom left bout of the Martin, but the "S" has since been lost leaving "E-L-V-I".

Elvis recorded most of his early hits on the Martin, including "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky". The guitar was sold in 1956 to a neighbor and fan of Elvis's who owned it for the past 35 years. At that point the guitar was purchased by Bob Brown, owner of the Red Baron's auction house in Atlanta, Georgia.

Red Baron's Antiques displayed the instrument in Turner Broadcasting's CNN Center together with an array of Martin artifacts, old photographs, and some of the old forms and tools that no doubt were a part of the guitars handwork nearly fifty years ago. Red Baron's also organized and conducted the guitar auction.


The D-18 "C. F. MARTIN" guitar, Serial No. 80221, has been reported to be Elvis Presley's first guitar. This particular instrument was handcrafted in the Martin guitar factory, which was at that time located at 10 West North Street in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. January 15, 1942 is considered to be the birthday of this guitar, the date the serial number was stamped into the neck block. It was made under the Martin shop order No. 592 of that year. Martin made approximately 326 style D-18 guitars during that year. Production was quite low due to the war time restrictions.

Gene Autry D-45

Release Date: 01/01/94
Source: Press Release

"Singing Cowboy" Gene Autry's 60-plus years of contribution to American culture have been acknowledged in many ways over the years from hall of fame inductions to his five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His latest honor comes from the prestigious Martin Guitar Company located in Nazareth, Pa. The guitar manufacturer, known world-wide for the exceptional craftsmanship and superb quality of its fretted instruments, is producing a limited edition "Gene Autry D-45" guitar which replicates the first D-45 ever produced, an extraordinary guitar which was custom-made in 1933 by Martin Guitar for none other than Gene Autry.

Throughout his career, "The Singing Cowboy" could be seen playing his custom-made C.F. Martin D-45 guitar. The unique guitar was ornamented with his name in beautifully inlaid pearl script across the guitar's fingerboard which made the cowboy star instantly recognizable. Many musicians over the decades have attempted to copy the look and presence of this guitar going so far as having their own names inlaid into the fingerboards of similar guitars. But only the Martin Guitar Company itself can truly reproduce the spirit of the original vintage instrument.

The limited edition "Gene Autry D-45" captures most of the details of the original guitar. It is a 12-fret model hand-crafted in the old-world Martin tradition. Specially selected rare Brazilian rosewood has been used for the back and sides, and the finest ebony has been used for the fingerboard and bridge. A tortoise shell pickguard protects the sitka spruce top, and hundreds of exquisite, highly-colored pearl inlays ornament the instrument's top, sides, back and rosette. The guitar is available in its original style with Autry's name inlaid in pearl script across the guitar's fingerboard or with a small pearl script signature inlaid between the 18th and 19th frets. Each of the Gene Autry Commemorative D-45's carries a sequentially numbered label signed by Gene Autry and C. F. Martin, IV. 50 guitars will be produced for sale in the United States and 16 will be made for export.

C. F. Martin Commemorates 75th Anniversary<br>of the Birthday of Hank Williams Sr.<br>with Limited Edition Replica of Williams' D-28 Martin Guitar

Release Date: 04/01/98
Source: Press Release
D-28HW (Hank Williams Sr)

C. F. Martin is honored to introduce the D-28HW Hank Williams, Sr., Limited Edition Guitar. This historic instrument commemorates the 75th anniversary of the birth of Hank Williams, Sr., one of the most popular and influential figures in the history of American music. C. F. Martin will offer a total of 150 of these special guitars for sale worldwide.

Although Hank Williams, Sr., died before reaching the age of 30, he created a body of work that has made him a legend and earned him a lasting international reputation. Hank Williams, Sr., played Martin guitars extensively throughout his career.

The original Hank Williams, Sr., D-28 Martin is one of the most valuable (if not priceless) guitars ever made. Its worth is certainly affected by the fact that it was Hank Williams' favorite personal guitar. He made nearly all his popular recordings with his Martin. The guitar is now on display in the Hank Williams, Jr., Family Tradition Museum in Nashville.

The D-28HW Limited Edition Hank Williams, Sr., Commemorative model is crafted with appointments to match the original pre-war herringbone D-28 (serial #87422) built in 1944. The 14-fret Dreadnought is crafted with Martin's "Golden Era" features. The term "Golden Era" refers to vintage Martin instruments made prior to Worl War II. During the pre-war ear, Martin's unique, almost magical blend of well chosen material, optimized deesign, and hand-crafted construction created what many collectors and guitar experts believe to be the finest acoustic stringed instruments ever made. The return of the vintage attributes to production has been well received by the guitar playing community, prompting references to the 1990s as Martin's "Second Golden Era."

A solid spruce bookmatched soundboard is braced with the original pre-war Martin scalloped X-brace pattern, forward shifted to a position approximately 1" from the soundhole. The two piece back, fashioned from solid Brazilian Rosewood, features the traditional zig-zag back inlay strip. The rosette is the traditional style 28 comprised of black and white wood inlay lines. Grained ivoroid binding with fine pattern herringbone wood purfling is inlaid around the perimeter of the top.

The solid genuine mahogany neck features a modified V-shape with an adjustable rod, an elongated carved diamond on the back of the neck, an old style pointed heel, and a grained ivoroid heel cap. The original genuine ebony fingerboard has been faithfully recreated with Martin's vintage diamond and square inlay pattern (diamond at fifth fret, two squares at seventh fret, diamond at ninth fret, two squares at 12th fret, diamond at 15th fret). The signature of Hank Williams, Sr., is delicately inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets.

Each instrument will be numbered in sequence (#1 of 150, #2 of 150, etc.) and signed by C. F. Martin, IV, Martin's chairman and CEO who represents the sixth generation of Martin family members to manage the esteemed guitar making firm.

The son of a railroad engineer, Williams was born in Alabama on September 17, 1923. Unable to read or write music, he first learned to play with the help of an Alabama street singer named Rufe Payne. Williams launched his career as leader of a small group, the Drifting Cowboys, who performed on local radio shows in Shreveport, Lousiana and Montgomery, Alabama. By 1949, he had become a nationally acclaimed star of the Grand Ole Opry. A superb songwriter, Williams is remembered for his unique ability to reach people's souls with honest and simple lyrics and music. Among his best-known songs are the classics "Take These Chains from My Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "You Win Again," and "I Can't Help It." Williams died January 1, 1953. He has been inducted into both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

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