Travis Tritt Honored With Immaculate HDC-40 Edition<br>Form And Function Merge To Create This Ideal Stage Guitar
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 23 - July 2007
HDC-40 Travis Tritt
How can it be that C. F. Martin & Co. has never made a Travis Tritt Signature Edition – until now? Quite frankly, all of us here at Martin are baffled as well. Travis is a major music star with 12 “No. 1” hits, 20 “Top 10” hits, 14 albums – many of which have reached platinum or multi-platinum status with over 25 million sold. With two Grammy awards to his credit, he has loyally loved and played Martin guitars for most of his career and even ordered a truly spectacular Martin custom D-45 when he and fellow country artist Marty Stuart were traveling together on their 1996 Double Trouble tour, yet somehow a namesake Martin Limited Edition didn’t materialize at that time.
Fortunately, Travis is a patient man and patience has its rewards. To celebrate Travis Tritt’s 25th anniversary in the music business, Martin is pleased to announce the HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition guitar.
The HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition blends a unique body configuration and rare tonewoods for superb playability and sound. The classic Dreadnought shape receives a rounded cutaway with the thinner “000” depth for outstanding access to the upper frets, uncommon playing comfort both standing and sitting, and crisp, articulate tone. The exceptional premium tonewoods include an Adirondack (red) spruce top matched to 5/16” Adirondack forward-shifted and scalloped braces for impressive volume and back and sides of rare Madagascar rosewood for beauty and resonance that is analogous with the nowendangered Brazilian rosewood. The special modified low oval 1 11/16” (at the nut) neck with diamond volute is carved from genuine mahogany.
Many of the appointments on the HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition are drawn directly from Travis’s personal custom D-45. The Style 45 rosette, like the original, has a center ring of beautiful pearl herringbone. The polished and beveled black pickguard features a floral inlay in abalone pearl. The genuine ebony belly bridge highlights delicate island scroll inlay, again in abalone pearl. Most spectacular of all is the genuine ebony fingerboard, featuring a colorful version of the Vine of Harmonics (created by Martin Artist Relations Manager Dick Boak) inlay in abalone pearl, mother of pearl and composite, culminating in Travis Tritt ’s signature in mother of pearl between the 18th and 19th frets.
The instrument’s other appointments are similarly eye-catching. Bold herringbone around the top, fine black/white inlay around the back and sides, and black/white mitered inlays on the fingerboard and headstock are all protected by grained ivoroid binding. The matching grained ivoroid endpiece and heelcap also showcase black/white inlays. A richly colored Indian rosewood headplate provides the backdrop for C. F. Martin in Style 45 Golden Era® block letters, while gold enclosed tuners with large gold “M” embossed buttons add a touch of opulence. Aging toner on the top and Martin’s immaculate polished gloss finish throughout lets the HDC-40 Travis Tritt Custom Signature Edition’s beauty shine.
Travis Tritt’s taste for a little stage “flash” on his guitar comes naturally; he personifies the tradition of outstanding vocalists and musicians who are captivating live entertainers, not simply recording artists. Born and raised in Georgia, he taught himself guitar at age eight and played in bluegrass, rock and country bands as a teenager. After high school, he tried to settle into a regular work life, but the pull of music proved too strong. He quit his day job as a heating and air conditioning repairman in 1982 to pursue his dream of “making it” in the music business, playing clubs, bars, and honky-tonks across the South for several years as he struggled to pay the bills.
In 1987, the hard work began to show signs of paying off when he was signed to his first major label recording contract. In 1990, his debut album, “Country Club,” yielded four “Top 10” country singles, including the “No. 1” hits “Help Me Hold On,” “I'm Gonna Be Somebody” and “Drift Off To Dream.” He received the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, the first of his four CMA Awards, in 1991 and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry the following year. His second album, “It’s About to Change,” was even more successful with four “No. 1” country smashes, “Anymore,” “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “Nothing Short Of Dying” and “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin” (with Marty Stuart) which also netted him his first Grammy Award.
During the remainder of the 1990s and into the new millennium, Travis showed his unique style – a mix of honkytonk country, blues, soul and Southern rock – on a steady stream of chart-topping albums and singles, including “No. 1” hits “Can I Trust You With My Heart” in 1993, “Foolish Pride” in 1994, “Tell Me I Was Dreaming” in 1995, “More Than You’ll Ever Know” in 1996 and “Best of Intentions” in 2000. He also toured extensively, delighting millions of concert goers around the globe with his hugely successful, high energy live performances. In 2004, he took a short break from recording and touring after the release of the album “My Honky Tonk History” to devote time to his family. Recently he assembled tracks for “The Very Best of Travis Tritt,” released early in 2007. “You Never Take Me Dancing” is the current and debut single from Travis’s upcoming album called “The Storm,” which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2007. Travis co-produced this project with former record executive, renowned bass player and American Idol judge Randy Jackson.
Equipped with a genuine bone nut, compensated bone saddle and white abalone-inlaid bridge (and end) pins for bright, full sound, the HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition comes studio and stage ready with factory-installed Martin Gold Plus® Natural 1 active electronics. Each instrument is delivered in a fitted Martin hardshell case.
Every HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Travis Tritt and numbered in sequence with the edition total. Authorized Martin dealers will begin accepting orders until the cutoff date of September 24, 2007, after which the edition quantity and the names of participating dealers will be posted on the Martin website.