Kenneth "BABYFACE" Edmonds Honored<br>with 000 Cutaway Signature Edition
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 8 - February 2000
000C-16RB (Baby Face)
In honor of the exceptional multi-talented musical genius of award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, C.F. Martin & Co. is proud to introduce the 000C-16RB "Babyface" Signature Model guitar. Babyface has made an indelible imprint on the evolution of rhythm and blues and pop music throughout the world. He is the winner of ten Grammy awards, including "Producer of the Year" for three consecutive years (a Grammy first). His 119 top-ten R&B and pop hits, his 47 number one R&B hits, his 51 top ten pop hits, including 16 number ones, have produced sales of over 30 million singles and 80 million albums.
Babyface’s "I’ll Make Love To You," and "End of the World," performed by Boyz II Men, made pop music history for the length of stay on the charts. His "Take a Bow," recorded by Madonna, became her 11th number one pop single and established her as the all-time female record holder for the most number one pop singles.
In addition to Boyz II Men and Madonna, Babyface has written and produced hit songs for many of contemporary music’s most popular superstars, including: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blidge, Faith Evans, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Williams, TLC, Brandy and Eric Clapton.
"Babyface" was first exposed to Martin guitars during his friendship and collaboration with Eric Clapton. In fact, the 000C-16RB model draws its inspiration from the extremely popular Eric Clapton signature models which both "Babyface" and Eric Clapton played on the award-winning recording of "Change The World". Martin’s small bodied 000 size is especially popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists who prefer a clear and balanced sound together with the string flexibility that the shorter 24.9" scale length allows.
The 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition is a rounded Venetian, full access cutaway model crafted with solid woods throughout. The sides and back are constructed with genuine East Indian Rosewood for tonal warmth. The soundboard is bookmatched from rare Alpine spruce, which when combined with Martin’s scalloped X-brace pattern, yields a distinct tonal clarity and balance.
The soundhole rosette is inlaid with highly colorful abalone pearl, and the perimeter of the top is inlaid with Martin’s fine pattern herringbone wood marquetry and bordered with grained ivoroid. Prior to the application of multiple coats of polished gloss lacquer, the top is tinted with a golden "vintage toner" to further enhance this instrument’s pre-war styling.
As an additional enhancement to fingerstyle technique, the genuine mahogany neck is carved to a comfortable modified V-shape with an "OM" (Orchestra Model) neck width of 1 3/4". A fingerboard of genuine ebony features Martin’s historic long pattern abalone diamond and square inlay pattern, and Kenny Edmonds’ "Babyface" signature is inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. Martin/Gotoh vintage style tuning machines are open geared with chrome plated butterbean knobs.
The 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition is offered without a pickguard, though a polished and beveled tortoise colored pickguard is optional if specified at the point of ordering. A deluxe Geib Style™ hardshell case is included with each instrument.
Babyface is a left-handed player who, like many lefties, learned to play using right-handed instruments turned upside down. To accommodate his unusual playing style, Babyface’s personal edition instrument is a left-handed cutaway, strung "righty." With respect for left-handed players, the edition will be offered in left-handed or right-handed versions at the same price.
Each 000C-16RB will bear an interior label individually numbered in sequence with the edition total (i.e. 1 of 100, 2 of 100, etc.), and each label will be personally signed by Kenny Edmonds and Martin Chairman and CEO, C. F. Martin IV. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition will be donated to The United Negro College Fund.
The 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition guitars will begin to appear in stores in the summer of 2000.The United Negro College Fund
United Negro College Fund
8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
The UNCF is the nation’s oldest and most successful African American higher education assistance organ-ization. It is a consortium of 39 private, accredited 4-year historically black colleges and universities with a mission of enhancing the quality of education for America’s brightest young minds.