Martin Introduces Limited Edition<br>6-String and 12-String Arlo Guthrie "Alice's Restaurant" Guitars
Source: Press Release
"Alice's Restaurant Massacree," the classic anti-Establishment folk song that helped define the Woodstock era, has reached the age of 30. In honor of the anniversary of this folk anthem about Guthrie's escapades with the police and the draft board, The Martin Guitar Company is proud to announce a collaboration with songwriter Arlo Guthrie to create two limited edition guitars, a six-string 0000-28H AG and a 12-string 0000-28H AG. The Martin Guitar Company will craft up to 30 of each of these commemorative "Alice's Restaurant" limited edition guitars. Each instrument will be numbered in sequence (i.e. #1 of 30, #2 of 30, etc.) and signed by Arlo Guthrie and C. F. Martin, IV, CEO and Chairman of the Martin Guitar Company.
Arlo Guthrie, son of noted folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie, learned to play guitar by the age of six. Although his father was hospitalized for many of his early years, Arlo grew up with such folk heroes as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Leadbelly and Cisco Houston. by the time he was in his teens, Arlo was performing in coffee houses. It was his "Alice's Restaurant" album, released in 1967 and certified gold by the RIAA, that launched him to the forefront of the anti-war movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Arlo Guthrie Limited Edition commemorative guitars will be donated to Guthrie's Interfaith Church Foundation, which is housed in the same church where he wrote "Alice's Restaurant" and where the movie of the same name was filmed in 1969.
Special features of the 6-string Arlo Guthrie guitar include a headplate that combines the classic Martin raised gold foil logo with a pearl inlaid and engraved representation of Alice's Restaurant, the notorious church building in Stockbridge, Massachusetts where the infamous "Massacree" occurred. The unbound genuine ebony fingerboard features inlaid "circles and arrows," and of course, a "paragraph" written by Arlo on the inside of each guitar. The words "Alice's Restaurant 30th" are inlaid at the 12th, 13th and 14th frets. Arlo Guthrie's name is inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets. The top of the guitar is Sitka Spruce with a highly colorful three piece abalone pearl rosette. The sides are selected East Indian rosewood, and the two piece East Indian rosewood back has a Martin style 45 back inlay strip. The guitar is housed in a unique blue jean covered hardshell case.
The 12-string limited edition "Alice's Restaurant" Commemorative utilizes fingerboard and headstock inlays which are identical to the six-string model. Standard 12-string modifications have been made to the neck width and shape, the interior top bracing pattern, the bridge configuration, and the tuning machines.
Arlo Guthrie selected the 0000 stage/studio model, formerly referred to as the "M" size Martin body, because this has been his favorite guitar size for several decades. The "H" stands for herringbone, specifying Martin's legendary herringbone 28 specifications.
Martin Guitar dealers worldwide will begin to take orders for the 0000-28H AG and 000012-28H AG Arlo Guthrie Signature Models immediately, although the guitars will not be available until early 1998.