Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 17 - Jul. 2004
HD-40LSH Tom Paxton
His songs are timeless classics, his generosity to both audiences and fellow musicians is renowned, and his passion for justice and the ties that bind people together is unwavering: for all this and more, Tom Paxton ranks as one of the most revered musicians of his generation. Martin is proud to introduced the HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Edition in his honor.
After forty years of making great music, Paxton just gets better; he received a Grammy nomination for "Best Musical Album for Children" of 2002 and another for "Best Contemporary Folk Album" of 2003. He writes and records so often he has begun posting "short shelf-life songs" (those too brief or too topical to wait for the next album) on his website, www.tompaxton.com.
Based on the Martin dreadnoughts Paxton has played for much of his career, the HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Edition features a unique combination of tonewoods, design and appointments that distinguish it as a guitar built to a professional's exacting requirements.
The top is bearclaw-figured Sitka spruce, renowned for both beauty and rarity. An oversized soundhole combines with scalloped top braces for impressive power and balanced timbre. The mahogany "modified-V" neck is topped with a polished African black ebony headplate, on which the C.F. Martin script logo and a stylized portrait of Tom Paxton, complete with his ubiquitous soft cap, is inlaid in mother of pearl.
The guitar is crafted with premium quality East Indian rosewood back and sides, while the fingerboard, belly bridge, bridge pins and endpins are of African black ebony. Polished gloss lacquer finish on the body and headplate of the HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Edition bring out the beauty of the tonewoods, while the neck's satin finish provides playing comfort. Each instrument comes packed in a heavy duty Geib™ style hardshell case.
At last count, Paxton has released more than 40 albums and has written several critically acclaimed children's books. His songs have become folk music staples and several of them went on to become standards, covered by everyone from Willie Nelson and Tony Rice to Placido Domingo and Dion. Little wonder he is beloved by fans and fellow artists of every generation.
Each HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Tom Paxton and Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV, and numbered in sequence with the edition total. Left-handed instruments can be ordered at no additional charge: factory-installed electronics are available at extra cost. Orders for the HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Edition will be accepted for a limited time, after which the total number of guitars and the names of participating Martin dealers will appear on the Martin website: www.martinguitar.com.