Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 16 - Jan. 2004
Bearing the first 50 sequential serial numbers following the millionth Martin guitar (1,000,001 to 1,000,050) the D-100 Deluxe – also a Dreadnought – draws inspiration from Larry Robinson’s unprecedented inlay work on the Martin 1,000,000th guitar. This guitar features many of that instrument’s Victorian and Baroque embellishments lavishly inlaid in select pearl on its back, pickguard, headplate, fingerboard and bridge. Herringbone pearl inlay encircles the top, and the rosette features the same herringbone pearl inlay, flanked by two pearl rings in select abalone. Even the neck and headstock feature borders inlaid in select pearl.
The D-100 Deluxe is crafted with Adirondack spruce and C.I.T.E.S. certified Brazilian rosewood, hand-selected specifically for this edition. Golden Era® appointments like scalloped 5/16" Adirondack spruce top braces, a 1 3/4" modified V neck with square, tapered headstock and diamond volute share the spotlight with unique touches like Waverly gold hand-engraved tuners with butterbean knobs, gold color frets and fossilized ivory bridge and end pins topped with green tourmaline dots in 14-karat gold settings. The nut and saddle are fashioned from fossilized ivory.
Each D-100 Deluxe guitar in the edition of 50 bears a custom printed interior label personally signed by Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV and is numbered in sequence. In keeping with the instrument’s exalted place as the fanciest Martin model ever, the D-100 Deluxe will be presented in a special black five-ply case covered in genuine leather and fitted with a black crushed velour interior.
C.F. Martin will take orders for the D-45 Celtic Knot and the D-100 Deluxe Commemorative Editions at the 2004 NAMM show in Anaheim until each edition is fully subscribed. Participating C.F. Martin dealers then will be announced on the Martin web site.