Jimmy Martin's MartinRelease Date: 01/01/99
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 6 - January 1999
"King of Bluegrass" Jimmy Martin's music career has spanned five decades, and he's owned and played a lot of Martin guitars. Here he is with his rare pre-war Brazilian D-45. Jimmy recorded 46 songs with Bill Monroe, then teamed up with the Osbourne Brothers until 1955 when he formed his own band, the Sunny Mountain Boys. He was a key member of the Louisiana Hayride and the Wheeling Jamboree. In 1972, Jimmy was awarded a Gold Album for his part in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" along with many other great artists like Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Maybelle Carter. He is credited, along with other pioneers, with formulating the rhythmical pattern and sound that we have all come to call "bluegrass music."
Sting & Martin Collaborate on Unique<br>Certified Wood Signature EditionsRelease Date: 01/01/99
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 6 - January 1999
Perhaps no other musician has the unique reputation and extraordinary following of Sting. From his early work with The Police, which he disbanded at the peak of their popularity in 1984 in order to pursue his own solo career, to his unparalleled forays into jazz and progressive rock, Sting has redefined the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporates elements of jazz, classical and world music into his recordings, writing songs with lyrics that are both literate and meaningful.
In recognition of Sting's unique talents, his illustrious career, and his long-standing commitment to the preservation of the rainforests, the Martin Guitar Company is proud to announce two Limited Edition Certified Wood Sting Signature models: the SWC nylon string guitar and the SWB acoustic bass guitar. More than 70% of the wood utilized in the construction of each of these models is harvested from forests independently certified by the Rainforest Alliance's "SmartWood" program and Scientific Certification Systems, both of which operate in accordance with the rules of the industry's governing body, The Forest Stewardship Council.
Last year, C. F. Martin & Co. introduced the SWD Certified Wood Dreadnought acoustic guitar, the Company's first certified wood model. The extremely favorable response to this project has inspired the Limited Edition Sting SWC Classical or nylon string guitar model, which represents an exciting collaboration among singer/songwriter, bassist and guitar player Sting, renowned classical guitarmaker Thomas S. Humphrey, and the Martin Guitar Company.
The Limited Edition SWC is a 12-fret nylon string guitar which features the patented Thomas S. Humphrey elevated fingerboard design and original classical body shape. A solid sitka spruce soundboard is supported with Humphrey's unusual lattice bracing pattern. A wide banded tortoise color rosette is backed with silver foil and bordered with black and ivoroid inner and outer edging. The back and sides are constructed of solid certified Machiche, a visually attractive wood with tonal properties between rosewood and mahogany. The entire body, including the back inlay strip, is tastefully understated with tortoise colored trim.
The SWC neck, slimmed to a sleek 1 7/8" player's width at the nut, is cut from solid certified domestic cherry. The fingerboard and bridge are crafted from certified katalox (pronounced "kat-ah-losh"), a relatively obscure but durable Mexican hardwood. Katalox has a dark cocoa brown color, is relatively devoid of grain lines, and has a very fine texture similar to ebony.
The Sting Limited Edition SWB Acoustic Bass blends features from Martin's affordable B-1 Series acoustic bass with appointments from the SWD certified wood model.
The SWB utilizes Martin's jumbo body size and a full 34" bass scale length. The soundboard is bookmatched from solid Sitka spruce, and the back, sides and neck are of solid certified cherry. Like its nylon stringed counterpart, the fingerboard and bridge are katalox.
Both instruments are finished with golden "vintage toner" on the soundboard, a polished gloss lacquer body, a polished headplate, and a satin neck. Sting's artistic signature is inlaid in pearl just above the final fret, and each instrument will be equipped with a state-of-the-art Martin/Fishman Gold Plus active pickup system, making these special guitars instantly adaptable to stage and studio applications.
Each Sting Signature Edition instrument will bear an interior label personally signed by Sting and Martin CEO and Chairman C. F. Martin IV. The labels will be numbered in sequence without total and will include FSC Endorsed/SmartWood certification. A second interior label will indicate that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the guitar will be donated to the Rainforest Foundation International. The RFI was founded to support indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the rainforest in their efforts to protect both their environment and rights.
Authorized Martin Guitar dealers are taking orders for both Sting Signature models immediately, though the models will not begin to appear in stores until the summer of 1999.
C. F. Martin Honors Roger McGuinn<br>with Limited Edition 12-string D12-42RMRelease Date: 03/15/99
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.
Stephen Stills Honored with D-45SS<br>Signature Edition Martin GuitarRelease Date: 12/16/98
Source: Press Release
D-45SS (Stephen Stills)
In honor of his stellar career and his passion for Martin guitars, C. F. Martin & Company is pleased to announce the D-45SS Stephen Stills Signature Edition. As one of rock music's pre-eminent singer/songwriter/guitar players, Stephen Stills has been one of the most loyal fans of Martin guitars throughout his extraordinary career. In 1997, Stills became the only artist ever inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the same day (once with Buffalo Springfield and again as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash). Whether performing with Buffalo Springfield ("For What It's Worth"), with Crosby and Nash ("Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"), or as a solo artist ("Love the One You're With"), Stills played his Martins. Just 91 of the D-45SS Signature Edition Martin guitars will be offered for sale.
Stills, who owns a dozen vintage Martins, bought his first Martin, a vintage herringbone D-28, with money he earned as a coffee house performer. The guitar, used on most of the Buffalo Springfield and early CS&N recordings, was joined by a 1939 D-45, purchased as soon as CS&N signed their first record deal. The Limited Edition D-45SS Stephen Stills Signature Model Martin Guitar is a replica of Stills' now priceless D-45.
"They're works of art," stated Stills about his Martins. "They're the Stradivarius of American musical instruments. The best Martins that I've heard - with dense Brazilian rosewood and cross grain ripple to the top, lightly braced - sound better than anything else ever made. There's an artisanship in them that just can't be replaced. . .The craftsmanship, and the handmade-ness of things, you can tell the love and care the guys put into those things. . .You can really feel someone's spirit in them."
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A 14-fret Dreadnought, the top of the D-45SS Signature Model is bookmatched from European Alpine spruce. Selected strips of highly colored abalone pearl adorn the perimeter of the top, the soundhole rosette, the tongue of the fingerboard, back, sides, end piece and neck joint. Stephen Stills' artistic signature is inlaid in the last frets of the fingerboard. The sides and back are crafted from rare pre-CITES Brazilian rosewood. The top bracing pattern is 5/16" forward shifted scalloped X-bracing and the sides are reinforced with antique linen cloth strips, one of the many features derived from vintage Martin instruments of the pre-World War II era.
One striking aspect of this guitar is the pickguard, which is shaped from tortoise colored material and inlaid in abalone with the six stars of the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross is a constellation well known by sailors of the south Pacific, and it is also the title of one of Crosby, Stills & Nash's more recent hit songs.
An interior label inside each of the instruments in the edition will be personally signed by Stephen Stills and C. F. Martin IV, and individually numbered in sequence with total (#1 of 91, #2 of 91, etc.). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of the D-45SS Signature models will be donated to the Stephen Stills Project of The Tides Center Foundation, a San Francisco based charity that focuses on environmental and social justice issues.
Martin Guitar dealers will take orders for the D-45SS Stephen Stills Signature Model immediately. Due to heavy demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not appear in stores until the early months of 1999. As with all Martin guitars, the construction process 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.
Limited Edition Willie Nelson "Trigger" Guitar Unveiled by C. F. MartinRelease Date: 12/16/98
Source: Press Release
N-20WN (Willie Nelson)
The Martin Guitar Company is honored to announce the N-20WN Limited Edition Signature Model guitar, a collaboration with Willie Nelson, one of the world's most renowned performers and songwriters. The N-20WN is a replica of Willie Nelson's beloved guitar, one of the most famous and recognizable instruments in existence. Available from authorized Martin dealers and distributors worldwide, C. F. Martin & Co. will make up to but not exceeding 100 Willie Nelson N-20WN Limited Edition Signature Models. No More than 30 of these 100 instruments will be offered with Brazilian rosewood back and sides.
Willie Nelson, a country music hero and an American legend whose career spans nearly half a century, is one of the most distinctive and popular musicians in the world. Nelson bought his first Martin sight unseen in 1969. He remembers the unusual circumstances:
"The Baldwin company gave me a Baldwin amp and classical electric guitar with a special three-cord stereo pickup. I busted that guitar up pretty badly so I sent it up to Shot Jackson in Nashville to get it fixed. He called back and said, 'I can't fix it. It's broke too bad.' I said, 'Well what else have you got around?' He said he had a Martin up on the shelf for $750. I asked if he could put that same Baldwin pickup in the Martin. And that's how I got it, right off the shelf, unseen from a thousand miles away. When I got it I knew that I had picked up something special. I like to just sit around in a room and play it. I like to write on it. I just like the sound of it."
Photographs taken throughout Willie Nelson's career show the gradual evolution of his famous guitar (nicknamed Trigger) from its pristine new condition to its current weathered look. Much like Willie, this famous guitar has come a long way. Trigger has been played so much, there is a rather sizeable hole worn right through the top, one that Willie considers so sentimental, he won't have it repaired. In addition, Nelson estimates that he has 100 signatures on his Martin including Jennings, lawyers, football coaches, and other friends and associates. When asked why his guitar is named Trigger, Wille explains: "Roy Rodgers had a horse named Trigger. I figured: ' This is my horse!'" And what's so special about this guitar? Willie says: "It has great tone!" Most recently on his widely acclaimed album "Spirit" and on several soon to be released new songs, he has been recording with Trigger and nothing but a single microphone. The guitar simply embodies that Willie Nelson trademark sound.
During his well publicized perils with the Internal Revenue Service, Willie was so worried that they might try to take Trigger away from him that he hid his guitar at his manager's house for safe keeping.
1999 is the 30th anniversary of the original Trigger guitar. Martin will offer the edition in two configurations. No more than 30 instruments in the edition of 100 will be offered in rare Brazilian Rosewood, the wood used to construct the original Trigger guitar. The remainder of the edition will be offered in East Indian rosewood.
Martin N-20 models have gone through many incarnations. The scale of this unusual model is 25.4", a length which was replaced with the longer 26.44" scale within a year of its introduction. Willlie's specific guitar bears Martin's square non-tapered headstock shape with rounded slots which preceded the more traditional classic headstock shape. The neck is fitted with the highest quality Waverly Sloane sidemount classical tuning machines.
The soundboard is bookmatched from solid Sitka spruce, tinted with the original "mellow yellow" toner, and polished to a high gloss. The rosette is the traditional N-style wooden classical mosaic in black, white, red and green.
The fingerboard is crafted of solid genuine ebony with Willie Nelson's signature inlaid between the 17th and 18th fret. The fifth fret bears a Mother of Pearl inlay depicting the silhouette of the state of Texas with a single "lone star" in the middle. The name "TRIGGER" is inlaid at the 12th fret in western style poster lettering.
Each guitar will be offered with a state-of-the-art pickup system custom fabricated by Fishman Transducers, Inc., to closely replicate the tonal nuances of the original Baldwin pickup, which is no longer available.
In addition, every instrument will include a customized Deluxe Geib Style 5-ply Hardshell Vintage Case with special "hemp" covered exterior.
Each guitar in this special edition will bear an interior label individually numbered in sequence and personally signed by Willie Nelson and C. F. Martin, IV, Martin's Chairman and CEO. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Willie Nelson Limited Edition N-20WN will be donated to Farm Aid, Nelson's charity fromed in 1985 to draw attention to the plight of America's farmers.
Martin Guitar dealers will begin to take orders for the Willie Nelson Limited Edition Signature Model immediately, though due to heavy demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not begin to appear in stores until the early months of 1999. As with all Martin Guitars, the construction process 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.