C.F. Martin Honors Graham Nash With Quilted Mahogany Signature Edition
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Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 14 - Jan. 2003
000-40Q2GN (Graham Nash)
Musician, Activist, Artist: Graham Nash has filled his 60 years with remarkable accomplishments. From his early career as a member of the charttopping Hollies and his 30 year membership in both Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to his solo work, songwriting, photography and social involvement, he has been - and remains - one of rock’s most eloquent and respected ambassadors. To honor Graham Nash and his many achievements, Martin is proud to introduce the 000- 40Q2GN Graham Nash Signature Edition guitar.
Nash’s passion for art and music is clearly reflected in the 000-40Q2GN’s distinctive good looks and unique tone. The top, back and sides of this traditional 14-fret 000 feature solid quilted mahogany, among the rarest and most beautiful woods in the world. With scalloped 5/16" X-bracing, traditional 24.9" scale and the dovetail neck-tobody attachment, the body and wood combination yield clear, balanced tone and plenty of sustain.
This spectacular tonewood provides the "canvas" for artisan appointments. The Style 45 rosette shines with a center ring of brilliant blue paua shell. Bold herringbone purfling around the top is bound with tortoise colored binding, as is black/white line purfling on the back and sides. The tortoise colored end piece is likewise highlighted with black/white inlay. A polished and beveled tortoise-colored pickguard protects the lower top. The genuine mahogany low profile neck, 1 11/16" at the nut, features a solid, squared and tapered headstock with diamond volute. Tortoise-colored binding with mitered black/white interior inlay surround the polished black ebony headstock overlay, which is inlaid with Martin’s script logo in mother of pearl and a brilliant red heart with mother of pearl wings, Graham Nash’s personal insignia. Gold tuners with butterbean knobs contribute additional flash. The black ebony fingerboard and bridge also are beautifully embellished. Tortoise-colored fingerboard binding with mitered black/white inlay frame Style 42 snowflake pattern position markers, inlaid in select green abalone. Graham Nash’s signature is inlaid in gold mother of pearl between the 17th and 20th frets. The black ebony belly bridge features abalone snowflakes on the bridge wings and matching black Style 42 abalone-topped bridge pins. A bone nut and compensated bone saddle assure powerful timbre and accurate intonation up the neck.
Polished gloss finish on the top, body and neck highlights the beauty of the 000-40Q2GN’s wood and appointments. Left-handed instruments may be ordered with no additional charge. Martin sound reinforcement options are available at additional cost. A fitted vintage Geib™ style hardshell case is included with each guitar. With this Signature Edition, Graham Nash joins bandmates Stephen Stills (D-45SS) and David Crosby (D- 18DC) in the select group of musicians honored with Martin Signature Edition models. However, in the view of many, Martin is still one guitar short of a full set. (Neil Young, will you please take a telephone call from Nazareth, Pennsylvania?)
A native of Manchester, England, Graham Nash was among a generation of British youth drawn to the skiffle music popularized by the late Lonnie Donegan in the 1950s. With friend Allen Clarke, he played in several duos and groups in the 1950s and early 1960s - evolving from folk to pop/rock - before founding the Hollies in 1963. After initially hitting the charts by covering songs by American groups, the Hollies found their own pop style. Nash’s singing and songwriting contributions produced a series of original hits, including "Stop, Stop, Stop," "Pay You Back with Interest," and "Carrie Anne."
Intrigued by the emerging sounds of the psychedelic era and unable to evolve with the Hollies, Nash left the group to team up with two Californiabased musicians: Stephen Stills and David Crosby. The group’s 1969 debut album, "Crosby, Stills & Nash," stayed on the charts for more than two years, and Nash’s harmony singing and writing - he penned their first hit, "Marrakesh Express" - finally received welldeserved recognition.
After "Déjà Vu," the album that yielded Nash’s hugely popular "Teach 24 The top, back and sides of the 000-40Q2GN Graham Nash Your Children," Crosby, Stills & Nash were joined by folkrocker Neil Young to create Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. For more than 30 years of recording and touring, in whichever aggregation, Nash has contributed with his songwriting, singing and genial personality, the latter a main reason for the partnership’s longevity.
In addition to his role in CS&N and CSN&Y, Nash has recorded and toured with David Crosby and made a few solo albums, including "Songs for Beginners" and the recent "Songs for Survivors." Over the years he has played hundreds of benefit concerts for a variety of progressive causes. A fan of fine art photography, in recent years he also has built an international reputation for his own powerful black and white photographs and his integration of digital technology into photograph print production.
Each 000-40Q2GN Graham Nash Signature Edition bears an interior label with the guitar’s number within the production, the total number made, and the personal signatures of Graham Nash and Martin Chairman and CEO C.F. Martin IV. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Graham Nash Signature Edition guitar will be donated in support of The Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, committed to improving the health of children through primary and specialized medical care. Martin dealers will accept orders for the Graham Nash 000-40Q2GN Signature Edition up until April 16, 2003, after which the size of the edition and the names of participating Martin dealers will be posted on the Martin Web site at: http://www.martinguitar.com.