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HD Dierks Bentley Custom Signature Artist Edition

*CUSTOM MODEL TO BE UNVEILED ON CMT’S ‘UNPLUGGED’ SERIES MAY 29*

NAZARETH, PA - C. F. Martin & Co. is thrilled to introduce a very special Custom Signature Artist Edition, the HD Dierks Bentley, designed in collaboration with multi-platinum selling, 10-time Grammy-nominated and CMA Award winning country singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley. The HD Dierks Bentley will feature the classic Martin Dreadnought shape, a fitting choice as Bentley has been a Martin D-28 player for years. Bentley, who is on tour promoting his latest #1 hit album HOME, will unveil the custom model when he performs with it on CMT’s UNPLUGGED, which will air on the CMT Network on May 29. Bentley is the first country artist to perform on the famed series, which is MTV, is helping revive this spring, and Martin Guitar is excited to have its HD custom model share the spotlight.

The HD Dierks Bentley is crafted with solid East Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a premium Adirondack spruce top, it will surely appeal to a wide range of pickers and strummers from Country to Bluegrass to Rock. Unique to Dierks’ model is the patriotic bold red, white, and blue Herringbone inlay that adorns the top perimeter, rosette, and back purfling. The vintage profile neck shape has comfortably narrow string spacing, Waverly tuners, and bone nut, saddle and bridge pins for exceptional playability and tone. The black Ebony fingerboard bears a mother of pearl Phoenix bird inlayed at the 12th fret, a symbol of great significance to Dierks that pays homage to his Phoenix, AZ upbringing. Each HD Dierks Bentley Custom Signature Artist Edition will bear an internal label, personally signed by Dierks Bentley and numbered in sequence without total. The retail price for the HD Dierks Bentley will be $4999 and the MAP price will be $3999.

“I bought my D-28 years ago because so many of my heroes played Martins, and I would never have thought that I’d be working with Martin one day to design my own signature model,” said Bentley. “Their guitars have been played by the best musicians of all time and cross all music genres, so it’s still pretty unreal that they asked me to collaborate on a custom model…definitely something I can check off my bucket list!”

“Dierks Bentley is leading a new generation of great young American country artists making an impact with their craft. He is an outstanding ambassador for Martin and has bridged generations of country music fans,” said Fred Greene, vice president and general manager of guitars, C.F. Martin & Co. “It is a pleasure to work with such a gifted artist and to see this partnership reach a new level with the HD Dierks Bentley model.”

About Dierks Bentley:

CMA award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley recently released his sixth Capitol Nashville studio album HOME. The new album debuted at No. one and has already scored two chart-topping hits, “Am I The Only One” and the anthemia “Home.” Bentley has forged his own brand of country music combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock & roll. His five previous studio albums have earned 10 GRAMMY nominations, sold over five million albums and scored nine No. one hits. Bentley is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is currently headlining his Country & Cold Cans Tour which has already made stops this year in the US, Canada and Australia.

About Martin Guitar

C.F Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size.

One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.

The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line - the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line - which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better.

Martin guitars and Martin Strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies; on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.

Media Contacts:
Aliza Rabinoff
DKC for Martin Guitar
212-981-5157
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Amani Duncan
Director, Promotional Marketing
C. F. Martin & Co.
610-759-2837
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