Source: Press Release
D12-42RM (Roger McGuinn)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honoree James Joseph "Roger" McGuinn, III is acknowledged to be one fo the most influential 12-string guitarists in the world. Founder of The Byrds, one of the most important folk/rock groups of the '60s, McGuinn and his 12-string electric Rickenbacker are legends in music history. The Byrds' lineup through the years always included McGuinn, and during the group's long history, other members of the group included such stellar performers as Gene Clark, David Crosby, Gram Parsons, Gene Parsons and of course, the legendary Clarence White.
When McGuinn is not "plugged in," he has long favored one of his many 12-string Martin guitars. In honor of McGuinn's dedication to Martin and his expertise on the 12-string guitar, Martin is proud to introduce the Limited Edition D12-42RM Roger McGuinn 12-string guitar.
The D12-42RM is a 14-fret Dreadnought. The soundboard is bookmatched from select Sitka spruce and lightly supported with Martin's 5/16" height x-bracing. Abalone pearl, selected for excellent color, is carefully inlaid around the perimeter of the rosette, the tongue of the fingerboard, and the circumference of the top.
The sides and back are bookmatched from solid East Indian rosewood and a Style 45 multi-colored mosaic inlay strip demarcates the two piece back.
The neck of the Roger McGuinn limited edition guitar is shaped from solid genuine mahogany and the fingerboard, inlaid with Style 45 abalone hexagons, is crafted from solid genuine ebony. The body, fingerboard and headstock are bound with vintage style grained ivoroid. Roger McGuinn's signature is tastefully inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.
The soundboard is tinted with golden "vintage toner." The body and headplate are finished with nitro-cellulose lacquer and polished to a high gloss, while the neck, finished with satin lacquer, remains smooth to the player's touch.
In keeping with the wishes of Roger McGuinn, the deluxe 5-ply Geib style vintage case is custom covered in black denim, with a special royal blue velvet interior.
The interior label for each instrument will be individually numbered and personally signed by Roger McGuinn and Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin, IV. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each D12-42RM will be donated to "The Flying Hospital," a charity which airlifts essential medical supplies and physicians to locations desparately lacking such services.
Martin dealers will take orders for the D12-42RM immediately, though due to demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not begin to appear in stores until the summer of 1999.
C. F. Martin & Co., the oldest surviving guitar maker in the world and the largest maker of acoustic guitars in the United States, dates back to the 1830s when Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., emigrated to the United States from Germany. The guitar shop he set up over 165 years ago has been continuously family owned and operated. Current Chairman and CEO Chris Martin, IV, is the sixth generation Martin to head this venerable company.