The Cowboy Martin Rides Again
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 21 - Jul. 2006
C. F. Martin is pleased to introduce the Cowboy V Limited Edition guitar, the fifth issue in this unique and fun collection. Begun in 1999, the Cowboy Limited Edition series showcases original western art by illustrator Robert Armstrong on sturdy HPL (high pressure laminate) Martin guitars that sound as good as they look.
The Cowboy V Limited Edition’s colorful top features C. F. Martin Chairman Chris Martin, wife Diane Repyneck and young daughter Claire Francis Martin on horseback in a western landscape near sunset, with Chris serenading his wife and daughter on guitar while their trusty dog “Buddy” trots alongside. Although Chris Martin appears on previous Cowboy Limited Editions (he is the man with the branding iron on Cowboy IV), this is the first time the entire family has been portrayed.
A modified 0 size 14-fret with a short, easy-to-play 23" scale, the Cowboy V makes a great student, travel or living room guitar. The top is matched to back and sides of subtly patterned, matte finished Crosswalk Pattern HPL and a modified low oval neck of natural Stratabond for durability and impressive Martin tone. The headstock features a black textured HPL headplate with matching Gotoh black tuners and the familiar C. F. Martin decal logo in silkscreened gold. The end and strap pins also are black, as are the Micarta fingerboard and bridge, the Corian nut, and the TUSQ saddle. Only 500 Martin Cowboy V Limited Edition guitars will be produced. Each will be delivered in a padded gig bag and each will bear a special interior Cowboy V Limited Edition label that will be numbered in sequence with the edition total. Authorized C. F. Martin dealers will take orders for the Cowboy V until the edition is fully subscribed and the names of participating Martin dealers will be posted on the Martin website.