Martin Unveils Joan Baez 0-45JB<br>Limited Edition Signature ModelRelease Date: 06/19/98
Source: Press Release
Acknowledged as one of the most accomplished interpretive folksingers of the century, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career that has lasted nearly four decades. Her distinctive soprano was first heard at the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and she has had continuous success with her folk, folk-rock, country, and pop/rock albums. For virtually her entire career, Joan Baez has recorded and performed with her favorite guitar, a C. F. Martin vintage 0-45.
In honor of Joan Baez' unparalleled influence on popular music and to pay tribute to her stellar career, C. F. Martin is proud to announce the Joan Baez Limited Edition 0-45JB Signature Model. There will be just 59 signed and numbered instruments in this limited edition, in honor of the year (1959) in which Baez launched her career. Joan Baez is the first woman ever honored with a Martin limited edition guitar. The edition is also the first Artist Signature Model to be offered by Martin's highly successful and influential "Women in Music" Project. The guitar will be available only from authorized Martin dealers throughout the world.
A replica of Baez' priceless, pre-war, vintage 0-45, the Joan Baez Limited Edition will be hand crafted entirely of solid woods. The 0-45JB is a rare small-bodied 12-fret instrument with delicately scalloped top bracing reminiscent of the 1920s. The guitar is handcrafted with Martin's highest grade selection of tonewood: a Sitka spruce sound board and East Indian rosewood back and sides. The two piece back has the Martin Style 45 multi-colored mosaic inlay strip. The carved neck incorporates a modified V-shape with old style elongated diamond and pointed neck heel. The genuine ebony fingerboard is inlaid with the vintage Martin Style 45 abalone snowflake inlay pattern. Highly colorful abalone pearl is inlaid around the rosette, as well as the perimeter of the top, sides, and back. Grained ivoroid binding compliments the abalone pearl inlay at all appropriate seams in the vintage 45 style.
Joan Baez' signature will be delicately inlaid between the 18th and 19th frets. Each guitar will be personally signed by Joan Baez and by C. F. Martin, IV, Martin's chairman and CEO, with each instrument numbered in sequence (#1 of 59, #2 of 59, etc.). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Joan Baez 0-45JB Limited Edition Guitars will be donated to "Bread & Roses," a charity established by Joan's sister, Mimi Farina. "Bread & Roses" is a non-profit organization that brings free live entertainment into hospitals, convalescent homes, prisons, and other places that are less likely to experience entertainment opportunities.
Martin Guitar dealers worldwide will begin to take orders for the 0-45JB Joan Baez Signature Models immediately, although the guitars will not be available until the late summer of 1998. The construction of all Martin guitars is a process that takes both time and expertise. The Martin Guitar Company dates back to the 1830s when Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., moved to the United States from Europe. The guitar shop he set up over 160 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.
New Eric Clapton 000-28EC<br>Signature Model Martin Guitar<br>Unveiled at Nashville NAMMRelease Date: 08/01/96
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 1 - August 1996
Perhaps no other musician has so profoundly influenced rock and acoustic blues players than legendary British guitarist Eric Clapton. From his early work in the Yardbirds, Cream, Derek & the Dominos, through his more recent Grammy award-winning MTV Unplugged project, Eric has continually redefined the art of guitar. In recognition of this major talent, the Martin Guitar Company is proud to announce an exciting collaboration with Eric Clapton. As part of the company's new vintage inspired line of stock models, Martin will be handcrafting a numbered series of special 000-28EC Eric Clapton signature model acoustic guitars.
The smaller "000" body size with a short 24.9" scale length is particularly popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists who prefer a delicate and balanced tone. The 000-28EC model draws its inspiration from the extremely popular 1995 Limited Edition 000-42EC Eric Clapton signature model. 461 of those special 000-42ECs were offered and they sold out immediately. Guitarists that missed out on the 000-42EC due to limited numbers or budget considerations should love the 000-28EC. The 000-28EC is similar to the 000-42EC in body size, shape and choice of tonewoods, but the appointments are quite different.
Crafted with solid woods throughout, the sides and back are constructed from premium grade solid East Indian rosewood and the top is bookmatched from select quartersawn Sitka spruce. The rosette as well as the perimeter of the soundboard are inlaid with finely patterned herringbone wood marquetry, and the body is bound with grained ivoroid.
A genuine ebony fingerboard features the pre-war Style 28 snowflake pattern in abalone pearl. Eric Clapton's signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. Each 000-28EC will bear an interior label individually numbered.
The 000-28EC is tastefully appointed with a hand beveled and polished tortoise colored pickguard.. Vintage style nickel-plated open-geared tuning machines are equipped with unique vintage "butterbean" knobs. The squared headstock bears Martin's tasteful but elegant old style decal logo.
A Deluxe Vintage Series Geib Style Hardshell Case is included with the purchase of each 000-28EC instrument. These beautiful cases feature vintage shape, deep textured black exterior, 5-ply laminated wood shell, vintage green crushed velvet interior, antique white stitching, brass plated hardware, and a keyed lock.
After the first prototype was submitted to Eric Clapton for his evaluation, his reaction was:
"Don't get me wrong. I love my 000-42EC Martins. The craftsmanship and detail are superb. But this new 000-28EC model is the best sounding acoustic guitar I've EVER played."
In short, this is a very special guitar. Just like the man who inspired it.
Farewell to the Singing CowboyRelease Date: 01/01/99
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 6 - January 1999
In Memory of Gene Autry 1907-1998
Gene Autry, America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, passed away at his home in Studio City, California, on October 2, 1998. He was 91 years old. His career spanned some 60 years in the entertainment industry, encompassing radio, recordings, motion pictures, television, rodeo and live performances. He also became a broadcast executive and major league baseball owner. He is the only entertainer to have five stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, one each for radio, records, film, television and live theatrical performance (including rodeo).
Many of Gene's recordings (and movies) were made using his Martin guitars. He certainly owned and played many special ones, among them the very first and most famous D-45 with his name inlaid in the fingerboard. Gene had a long friendship with the Martin Guitar Company, and his correspondences, always warm and cordial, spanned four generations of the Martin family. It was Martin's great privilede and pleasure to issue the Limited Edition Gene Autry D-45S Signature Model in 1994. This project served as a template for most all of the Martin Limited Edition Artist Signature Models that followed. Royalties from the Autry Edition supported the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, an incredible project which was one of Gene's greatest passions.
Gene appeared in 93 feature films and made 635 recordings. His beloved Christmas and children's records Here Comes Santa Claus (1947) and Peter Cottontail (1950) sold more than two million copies, while Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949) remains the second best selling single of all time. Gene Autry's legacy will live on at the museum he founded and in the hearts of his fans. At Martin, we will surely miss him.
Marty Stuart Teams Up with C. F. Martin<br>in Design of HD-40MS Country Bluegrass Flatpicker's Limited EditionRelease Date: 08/01/96
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 1 - August 1996
HD-40MS (Marty Stuart)
C. F. Martin & Co. is proud to announce an exciting design collaboration with country music legend Marty Stuart. Prototypes of the Marty Stuart HD-40MS signature model were unveiled at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) summer trade show in Nashville, Tennessee. Marty's goal in working with Martin on this project was to create an instrument that would capture the essence of what a country bluegrass flatpicker's guitar should be.
Among the many Martin guitars that Marty Stuart owns are the original Dreadnought models owned by Lester Flatt and Hank Williams, Sr. In designing his own specific signature model, Marty wished to combine the tonal and playability aspects of these famous and priceless vintage instruments with his own unique ornamentation ideas. The neck shape is borrowed from Marty's "Hank Williams Sr." D-45. This unique neck incorporates an extremely fast and sleek extra low profile at the 1st fret, blended with a more traditional rounded shape as you approach the 12th fret.
Fingerboard inlays were derived from an original drawing by Marty Stuart which incorporates five country logotypes that he has personalized through the years: steer horns, horseshoes, dice, hearts, and flowers. These inlays are beautifully executed with 103 individual pieces of mother of pearl, gold pearl, black pearl, abalone shell, and recomposite stone. Marty Stuart's distinctive signature is inlaid at the final fret in abalone pearl.
One of the most interesting design elements of the HD-40MS is the "herringbone pearl" rosette. Marty Stuart challenged Martin to create this unique rosette in abalone to compliment the fine pattern of Martin's pre-war herringbone wood marquetry which trims the perimeter of the top on this model.
A solid Sitka spruce top is lightly braced with Martin's pre-war forward shifted scalloped X-brace pattern. East Indian rosewood is selected for the sides and the two piece back, which is demarcated with a fine patterned herringbone back inlay strip. The fingerboard, headstock and body are bound in grained ivoroid with matching end piece and heel cap. A tasteful "C. F. Martin & Co." gold foil logo is lacquered under a highly polished headplate. Tuning machines are gold plated vintage style with open gears and "butterbean" knobs.
Each Marty Stuart HD-40MS is offered with a Geib Style Deluxe Vintage Hardshell Case. In addition, one of Marty Stuart's favorite thin black leather guitar straps has been replicated faithfully, complete with a tastefully tooled three piece sterling silver buckle set.
The HD-40MS will be limited in number to a total of 250 instruments, each individually numbered with its sequence in the edition. An interior label bears the authentic signature of Marty Stuart and C. F. Martin IV, Martin's Chairman and CEO, who represents the sixth generation of Martin family members to manage the instrument making firm.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Marty Stuart HD-40MS Limited Edition guitar will benefit one of the charities close to Marty's heart, specifically the Oglala Lakota College District Learning Center Fund.
The Jimi Hendrix D-45Release Date: 01/01/99
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 6 - January 1999
In their November '98 issue, Vintage Guitar Magazine reported that rock legend Jimi Hendrix used his Martin 1968 D-45 (Serial #239387) acoustic guitar to compose most of his legendary songs. "Experience" drummer Mitch Mitchell acquired the D-45 while mixing the "Cry of Love" LP after Jimi's death. Apparently Devon Wilson, one of Jimi's girlfriends, visited Mitch at the studio, and she presented Mitch with the guitar.A photograph of the guitar appeared in Guitarist, September 1990. This guitar went unsold during an auction at Sotheby's in September of 1994, presumably because of the high price. David Brewis of London, England, eventually purchased the guitar from Mitch Mitchell and then re-sold it in 1997. It is now owned by the "Experience Music Project," an interactive music museum opening in Seattle sometime in 2000.Singer songwriter Janis Ian adds that "Jimi Hendrix played a Martin D-18" as well, and she says so in the lyrics of her song "Welcome to Acousticville" on the CD of the same name. In concert she says: "It always gets a big round of applause!"