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Martin Unveils Dave Matthews Limited Edition Signature Model

Release Date: 07/23/99
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 7 - July 1999

Dave Matthews has built a stellar career in the United States doing what he enjoys most: playing his songs on acoustic guitar for his fans. The South African-born Matthews settled in Charlottesville, Virginia and it was in the southeastern United States that he and band members LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, Stefan Lessard and Carter Beauford first started performing. The Dave Matthews Band is a phenomenon this decade because their large and enthusiastic following was created without the support of a traditional record label. The Dave Matthews Band simply built upon their grass roots following, playing small venues, allowing fans to tape concerts and selling their first CD, "Remember Two Things," from their office. The band has received multiple Grammy nominations and has been honored with one Grammy Award.

Dave Matthews has been a dedicated fan of Martin guitars for years. His more recent acoustic tour with guitarist Tim Reynolds incorporated the use of several Martin instruments, in particular Dave’s Vintage Series Martin Dreadnought and Tim’s special effects enhanced D-35.

In honor of Dave Matthews’s significant contribution to acoustic music, the Martin Guitar Company is proud to introduce the DM3MD Dave Matthews Limited Edition Signature Model.

Designed in collaboration with Dave Matthews’s, the DM3MD (Dave Matthews 3-Piece-Back Martin Dreadnought) blends Dave’s favorite aspects of several Martin models. The most immediate and striking visual aspect of this guitar is the use of dyed red wood fiber in the inlay lines of the binding and rosette. In addition, the selection of the naturally crimson colored African padauk for the center wedge of the 3-piece back provides a bold contrast to solid East Indian rosewood, which is selected for the bookmatched sides and the "wings" of the back. Two Style 45 multi-colored mosaic inlay strips demarcate the seams of the 3 piece back.

The Engelmann spruce top, prized for its powerfully projective and open tone, is supported with carefully scalloped braces for maximum vibration of the soundboard. The rosette is inlaid with highly colorful abalone pearl, though selected black inlay lines have been replaced with red.

Around the perimeter of the soundboard, an antique half-herringbone "rope" wood marquetry is bordered in red and edge-bound with grained ivoroid. The top is appropriately tinted with Martin "vintage toner" which lends a golden aged look to the otherwise pure white soundboard. The body is lacquered and polished to a high gloss finish.

The satin lacquered neck combines Martin’s sleek low profile with a slight V-shape, yielding a fast and comfortable playability. The genuine ebony fingerboard bears vintage style abalone inlaid diamond and square fret position markers, and Dave Matthews’s signature is tastefully inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. The polished headstock is solid, squared, and tapered in the vintage style, but the more modern gold foil logo has been chosen for its boldness. The unusual 3 piece headplate is inspired by the prior 1995 D-35 Limited Edition 30th Anniversary model, except that this version has a center wedge of African padauk to perfectly complement the contrasting design of the 3-piece back.

Tonally, this guitar is ideal for the type of aggressive acoustic rhythm guitar style that Dave Matthews has come to exemplify. A special molded hardshell case with customized black hardware is included with each Dave Matthews Signature Edition guitar. A Martin/Fishman pickup system, or a 1935 Sunburst top finish are optional at an additional cost.

The interior label of each DM3MD will be personally signed by Dave Matthews and Martin Chairman and CEO C.F. Martin, IV. No more than 234 instruments will be offered in this limited edition. Each instrument will be numbered in sequence with the edition total (i.e. 1 of 234, 2 of 234, etc.). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Dave Matthews Signature Edition guitar will be donated to The Jerome Horton Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission it is to raise awareness of the need for community responses to prevent youth suicide.

Martin dealers will take orders for the DM3MD immediately although the guitar will not begin to appear in stores until the early months of 2000.

Diane Ponzio: A Guitar with a Mission

Release Date: 07/23/99
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 7 - July 1999

As a member of The Women and Music (WAM) Group at Martin Guitar, I’ve been a part of the excitement and inspiration that has sparked world-wide interest and discussions about women and guitar playing. The American popular music scene, often emulated by foreign markets, reflects the dominance of women singer-songwriters who are guitarists.

The first WAM guitar, premiered at the 1997 January NAMM Show, was the highly acclaimed 00-16DB, which was a major retail and media success. Subsequent guitars designed by the group featured a rosewood version (00-16DBR) and most recently, a mahogany cutaway (00C-16DB) . These instruments are elegant, yet simple, and shine in Martin’s hallmark featuresound! A small bodied profile (00) coupled with a Dreadnought depth (DB), slotted headstock, and a distinctive rosette and backstrip, now make these models instantly recognizable.

Today’s women, however, are faced with more serious problems than finding the right guitar. According to statistics from national organizations, 1 out of 8 American women will get breast cancer, and even more sobering is the fact that a woman in America dies of breast cancer every 11 minutes. Breast cancer ranks #2 as the major killer of women in America. And that is why Martin Guitar’s Women and Music Group felt it imperative to use our newest model, to not only raise awareness, but to raise money. The new WAM model, called the 00-16DBM, is an affordable powerhouse. It is all solid mahogany, 00 bodied with a Dreadnought depth, complete with WAM’s distinctive rosette, and slotted headstock. This is the first all mahogany instrument offered in its natural wood color (no stain) and with Martin’s famous and beautiful gloss lacquer finish. But the best part besides its good looks, playability, ergonomic comfort, great sound and affordability, is this a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these instruments will be donated to charities that are specifically committed to the elimination of breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. In my sincere opinion, you can do no better for yourself, your sister, your daughter, your mother, or your friend, than to buy this angelic guitar with a mission.

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Paul Simon Collaborates with Martin<br>in Development of OM-42<br>Limited Edition Signature Model

Release Date: 01/01/97
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 2 - January 1997

C. F. Martin & Co. is proud to announce a major collaboration with one of the most significant recording artists and songwriters of our time, Paul Simon. The OM-42 Paul Simon Limited Edition Guitar will be introduced at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, and will begin to appear in stores in mid-1997.

The OM-42PS guitar was designed to meet Paul Simon's exacting requirements for tone, size, and action. Paul personally participated in the development of the prototypes which led to the final OM-42PS specifications. He preferred the smaller "OM" body size combined with the long (25.4") scale length which proved to be particularly applicable to his fingerstyle technique and his desire for a strong yet balanced tone.

The OM-42PS is tastefully appointed with tortoise colored bindings throughout. Hand-crafted entirely with solid woods, the sides and back are constructed from select grade East Indian rosewood, and the top is bookmatched from quartersawn Sitka spruce.

The perimeter of the pearl rosetted soundboard has been painstakingly inlaid with highly colored Style 42 abalone pearl top inlay. At Paul Simon's specific request, the adjustable neck is sleek and low with a comfortable 1 11/16" neck width at the nut, but with the slightly wider "OM" neck width as you move up toward the 12th fret. A Style 45 pearl inlaid C. F. Martin headstock is bound in tortoise and fitted with the highest quality vintage style ivoroid button Waverly nickel-plated open-geared tuning machines. A genuine ebony tortoise bound fingerboard features the original Style 42 snowflake pattern in abalone pearl, with Paul Simon's signature delicately inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. A deluxe five-ply vintage series "Geib Style" hardshell case has been designed to house this special guitar.

The edition will be limited to 500 guitars for sale worldwide. The edition size of "500" was taken from "Suite 500" which is Simon's office address within the classic "Brill" building on Broadway in Manhattan. The interior label of each instrument will be numbered in sequence (i.e. 1 of 500, 2 of 500, etc.) and will be personally signed by Paul Simon and C. F. Martin IV, Martin's Chairman and CEO.

In general, both Paul Simon and C. F. Martin & Co. steer clear of product endorsements. As a result, both wished to develop a special guitar that would help fund a charity of particular interest to Paul Simon. Paul is the co-founder of The Children's Health Fund, the nation's largest health care program for homeless children, so choosing a charity was easy.

Paul Simon is acknowledged to be on of this century's finest singer/songwriters and performers. While other musicians crank out quantity, Paul Simon has labored with the highest standard of perfection in the details of his writings and recordings, which stretch from the late 1950's to the present. And it shows. His lyrics are nothing short of poetic, and his compositions are meticulously layered without the feeling of being over-produced. Of course, he is widely known for the legendary partnership of Simon & Garfunkel, but after their breakup in the early 1970's, it was Paul's talent that emerged in album after album of award winning and memorable material. From his first solo release in 1972 titled simply "Paul Simon" to his 1990 release of "Rhythm of the Saints," Simon's work has bridged the gaps between poetry, music, and art. Perhaps Paul's most interesting endeavor was his controversial Grammy award winning release "Graceland," a project that influenced and inspired the "World Music" movement, and set the stage for dozens of new musical genres.

After an initial New York meeting to discuss limited edition possibilities with Martin's artist relations manager Dick Boak, Paul Simon traveled to Nazareth with his son Harper (also a great guitarist) to try out the complete array of Martin guitar sizes, shapes, and styles. After several hours of playing, Paul zeroed in on two sizes: the "0000" (Grand Auditorium) and "OM" (Orchestra Model). Martin built four initial prototypes for Paul to try: two "OM" models and two "0000" models. For his particular playing style and touch, Paul loved the clarity and balance of the "OM" size. He paid particular attention to the feel of the neck, opting for a custom variation of the typically wider "OM" neck width. In respect to appointments, Paul felt that as a limited edition or collectable, the model should be ornate but tasteful, easy to amplify, and perfect for use on stage and in the studio. Two final OM-42PS prototypes were built for Paul's approval prior to unveiling at the NAMM show.

Paul has been writing the score for the Broadway musical entitled "The Capeman," due to open in New York in the fall of 1997. As with all of his projects, he has focused an intense creative energy on the score. The word around Broadway is that the music is extraordinary, setting a new standard by which musicals will be judged. It is interesting to note that the two acoustic guitars being used in the show are the initial prototypes from the limited edition.

Roy Clark Visits Martin

Release Date: 07/23/99
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 7 - July 1999

Early in 1999, guitarist and country star Roy Clark visited Nazareth with his band to check out new Martin models, get some advice about his various Martin guitars, and take a special tour of the factory. He was performing locally that evening at Easton’s State Theater.

Throughout his illustrious career, Roy has performed around the world. He hosted the popular TV show, HEE HAW, for 25 years. Like Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Roy was a regular guest on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and he was the first country music artist to guest host Johnny Carson’s "Tonight Show." A longtime lover of Martin guitars, Roy recorded many hit songs, but he is perhaps best associated with his stirring rendition of "Yesterday When I Was Young" and his 12-string instrumental version of "Malaguena."

C. F. Martin Honors the Kingston Trio<br>with 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Instruments

Release Date: 01/01/97
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 2 - January 1997

1997 marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of The Kingston Trio, one of America's most beloved and enduring musical groups. To commemorate The Kingston Trio's lasting contribution to folk and acoustic music, and in gratitude for their unswerving loyalty to Martin instruments throughout the years, C. F. Martin & Co. is proud to offer a special Kingston Trio Limited Edition consisting of 40 sets of three instruments each.

Each set includes a special Kingston Trio D-28 guitar, a custom 0-18T Tenor guitar, and a Vega long neck banjo - the instrumentation used by the Trio. In addition, an extended edition of the Kingston Trio D-28s will be offered after all 40 Limited Edition sets are ordered by our dealers.

Each instrument in the Kingston Trio Limited Edition Set features special mother-of-pearl inlays of "The Kingston Trio" located between the 11th and 14th frets, plus the anniversary years "1957-1997" inlaid above the last fret. The letter style of these inlays is reminiscent of 1950's "pop art."

The Kingston Trio D-28 Dreadnought guitar features a solid square tapered headstock with a Brazilian rosewood headplate and Martin's "old style" scroll decal logo. The back and sides of the body are constructed of select, bookmatched East Indian rosewood. Grained ivoroid is utilized for the bindings and trim. The solid spruce soundboard utilizes 5/16" height scalloped X-bracing, shifted forward to a position approximately 1" from the soundhole. Both the bridge and the fingerboard are hand-crafted from genuine ebony. Fingerboard position markers are 1950's-era Style 28 mother-of-pearl dots. The bridge is fitted with a long (or "through") saddle fashioned from genuine bone, as is the hand-cut nut. Tuning machines are Martin's vintage style open-geared variety, finished in gold, with gold "butterbean" knobs. Bridge and endpins are white, inlaid with tortoise colored "redeye" dots. A hand-beveled and polished tortoise colored pickguard is used to simulate the old, under-the-finish application.

The custom 0-18T Tenor features back and sides of genuine mahogany, select Sitka spruce soundboard with Style 18 rosette, tortoise bindings, beveled pickguard, gold vintage tuners with "butterbean" knobs, and mother-of-pearl Kingston Trio anniversary inlays. One interesting custom touch is that genuine ebony is utilized for the fingerboard and bridge.

The Vega® Long-Neck Folk Model banjo is specially made and warranted for this commemorative issue by the Deering Banjo Company of Lemon Grove, CA. The extra long 25-fret neck, which facilitates easy key changes to suit the vocalist, was originally suggested to Vega by Pete Seeger. It was later popularized by Dave Guard and John Stewart of The Kingston Trio and soon became the "workhorse banjo" of virtually every major folk group.

Specifications for the Kingston Trio Limited Edition Vega Long Neck Banjo are similar to the original Fairbanks No. 2 Tu-Ba-Phone XL models made by Vega of Boston. Metal parts are nickel plated. The fingerboard is ebony, bound in white, and inlaid with mother-of-pearl dots. The Vega "star" is inlaid at the 5th fret and scaled down "The Kingston Trio" and "1957-1997" inlays are utilized to match the D-28 and the 0-18T models of the commemorative set.

(It is interesting to note that C. F. Martin & Co. once owned the Vega Banjo Company in the 1970's and produced Vega banjos here in our Nazareth facility along side our guitar production. Martin sold the brand in the early 1980's, and it was subsequently acquired by Deering, the current owner.)

Each instrument in the Kingston Trio Limited Edition Set is individually numbered in sequence (i.e. #1 of 40, #2 of 40, etc.) and each set instrument's label will be personally signed by Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and George Grove, as well as former member John Stewart. C. F. Martin IV, Martin's Chairman and CEO, will also sign each label. The Dreadnought and Tenor guitars are offered with a Geib Style deluxe vintage hardshell case. The Vega Long Neck Banjo comes with Deering's high quality hardshell case.

D-28KT Extended Offering

When all 40 Kingston Trio Limited Edition Sets have been ordered by dealers, an extended edition of Kingston Trio D-28 guitars will be made. These guitars will be limited to orders taken prior to October 30, 1997. Specifications for these guitars will be identical to the Kingston Trio D-28 model offered as part of the set except that the interior labels will be individually numbered without total (i.e. #1, #2, #3, etc.) and each instrument will be personally signed by Kingston Trio founder Bob Shane and C. F. Martin IV.

The Kingston Trio: Biography Synopsis

The original Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 by Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and Dave Guard while the three were attending college in the San Francisco area. Using only acoustic guitars and banjos, they literally revolutionized popular music reawakening America to its own rich heritage, paving the way for a broader acceptance of bluegrass, blues, country and other indigenous American music.

But the trio did more than that. They were the catalyst to an entire social and cultural phenomenon that affected our musical tastes, our social conscience, even how we dressed and talked. The Trio's release of "Tom Dooley" in October of 1958, marked the beginning of the "folk music revival" and set the stage for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary (to mention of a few) and the entire protest music movement of the 60s.

In 1961, after two Grammys and numerous gold records, Dave Guard left the group and John Stewart was introduced, maintaining the Trios enormous success until 1967 when the Trio disbanded. In 1972, Bob Shane reformed The Kingston Trio with George Grove and Roger Gambill, and for the next decade the Trio again traveled the world playing to capacity crowds. The untimely death of Roger Gambill in 1985 brought Bob Haworth briefly into the group, followed by the return of original member Nick Reynolds who was again replaced by Haworth in 1999.

Today, The Kingston Trio is composed of Bill Zorn, Rick Dougherty, and George Grove. Their trademark three-part harmony and crisp, melodic sound keeps them touring 35 weeks a year, including concerts with more than 20 major symphony orchestras. And they still do it all on Martin guitars!

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