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renbournNazareth, PA - C.F. Martin & Co. ( is proud to announce the introduction of the new OMM John Renbourn Custom Artist Edition guitar. The guitar celebrates the long career of the fingerstyle guitar legend.

For more than 40 years, Renbourn has remained a prominent fingerstyle guitarist, as a member of Pentangle in the late-1960s and early-1970s, as a solo artist in the 1970s and 1980s, and most recently as a collaborator with various artists. The Renbourn Artist Edition is inspired by Renbourn's preference for orchestra model guitars and the original orchestra model guitar made by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1929.

The new instrument features a classic Martin Orchestra Model design made of solid premium tonewoods. The top is made of Italian alpine spruce, rare Madagascar rosewood on the back and sides, with a neck carved from genuine mahogany. An ebony headplate features a detailed unicorn inlay in abalone pearl, gold and white mother of pearl and Micarta, while the ebony fingerboard features a unique mother of pearl pentangle (five-pointed star) design.

The model is finished with a polished gloss lacquer finish with aging toner on the top to enhance its vintage style and is protected in a Geib-style hardshell case. Each of the limited edition custom guitars bears an interior label personally signed by John Renbourn and is numbered in sequence. Additionally, each guitar is equipped with Martin SP Lifespan phosphor bronze strings.

The guitar will be one of several new models featured at 2011 Summer NAMM in Nashville from July 21-23 (BOOTH # 1200). For a list of authorized C. F. Martin & Co. dealers accepting orders for the OMM John Renbourn Custom Artist Edition, visit

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C.F Martin & Co. ( has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder. Founded in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, the privately held company has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations. Christian Frederick ("Chris") Martin IV took the helm of the company in 1986 and is its current chairman and CEO. Under his guidance, the company has introduced a number of new and innovative models that appeal to musicians, including the popular acoustic/electric Performing Artist Series, and several custom and signature Artist Editions.

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