The Avett Brothers
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 5 - July 1998
During his 1996 visit to the Martin factory with fellow "Double Trouble" touring partner Marty Stuart, country music legend Travis Tritt stopped in to take a tour and discuss the specifications for a very special Martin Custom guitar. His one-of-a-kind D-45 Deluxe guitar, which was finally completed in the Fall of 1997, is constructed with Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a red spruce soundboard.
The inspiration for the unique inlay came from Marty Stuart's unique signature model HD-40MS, which was the first guitar to utilize a herringbone pearl rosette. Travis' custom has herringbone pearl around the entire perimeter of the body, plus Dick Boak's unusual "Vine of Harmonics" fingerboard design inlaid in various shades of pearl, coral, azurite, and turquoise.
After receiving the special guitar, Travis called us to say how thrilled he was with every aspect of the instrument: beauty, tone, playability, and plugability. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art Martin Gold Plus pickup, internal condenser microphone, and Fishman Pocket Blender system so it is certainly stage ready. In spite of the fact that this is one of the most precious guitars ever produced by Martin's Custom Shop, Travis isn't keeping it under the bed. We're glad to see that he's been out on the road (and appearing on TV at the Grand Ole Opry) with his Martin. Keep up the good work Travis!