C. F. Martin Introduces Eric Clapton 000-42ECBRelease Date: 02/07/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 8 - February 2000
000-42ECB (Eric Clapton)
New Brazilian Rosewood Model Follows Sold Out 000-42EC 1995 Limited Edition
Perhaps no other musician has so profoundly influenced rock and acoustic blues than British guitarist Eric Clapton. From his early work with John Mayall & the Bluesbrakers, the Yardbirds, Cream, and Derek & the Dominos, through his stellar solo career including the current "Clapton Chronicles" and "Eric Clapton: Blues" CDs, Eric has continually redefined the art of the guitar. His highly influential MTV Unplugged performance and subsequent CD release helped to revitalize acoustic guitar music worldwide.
In recognition of this major talent, the Martin Guitar Company is proud to announce an exciting second limited edition collaboration with Eric Clapton. This is the first time that Martin has honored an artist with two signature limited editions. The first limited edition in honor of Eric Clapton was the 000-42EC. Introduced in 1995, the edition of 461 guitars sold out within days. The new guitar, the 000-42ECB Eric Clapton Limited Edition Signature Model, is crafted with.....
rare Brazilian rosewood back and sides and includes extraordinary design features that set it apart from the previous edition. No more than 200 of these special instruments will be offered.
The new 000-42ECB Eric Clapton Limited Edition guitar is identical to the 000-42EC in body size and shape. Martin’s small bodied 000 size is especially popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists who prefer a clear and balanced sound together with the string flexibility that the shorter 24.9" scale length allows. Crafted with solid woods throughout, the sides and back are bookmatched from Martin’s limited supply of pre-C.I.T.E.S. Certified solid Brazilian rosewood. The soundboard is bookmatched from premium grade Engelmann spruce for optimum tonal response.
The circumference of the rosette, the perimeter of the top, and the area surrounding the extension of the fingerboard are inlaid with Style 42 highly colorful "heart" abalone pearl and trimmed with wood fiber inlay.
An ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard features the Style 45 abalone snowflake inlay pattern. These extremely delicate inlays are cut from "heart" abalone, then painstakingly "re-inlaid" or "bordered" with mother of pearl, creating exceptional contrast with the African black ebony fingerboard. Eric Clapton’s signature is inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.
The Brazilian rosewood headplate is inlaid with Martin’s "alternate" torch inlay pattern. This beautiful design was prototyped in 1902 on one of four very ornate 00-45 instruments, but the pattern was nearly abandoned (in favor of Martin’s simpler torch pattern) until its revival for this special Eric Clapton edition. The back of the vintage styled square tapered headstock bears the "C.F. Martin & Co." antique stamping.
Each 000-42ECB guitar is tastefully appointed with a tortoise colored, polished and beveled pickguard which closely replicates the color and patterning of 1940s vintage Martin pickguards. The highest quality Waverly gold-plated tuning machines with "butterbean" knobs adorn the headstock in the pre-war Martin style. A special deluxe hardshell case is included with the purchase of each 000-42ECB instrument.
Each 000-42ECB will bear an interior label, numbered in sequence with the edition total (i.e. 1 of 200, 2 of 200 etc.) and personally signed by Eric Clapton and Martin Chairman and CEO, C. F. Martin IV. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each 000-42ECB guitar will support the Crossroads Centre At Antigua, Eric Clapton’s drug rehabilitation facility.
Martin dealers will begin taking orders for the 000-42ECB models immediately, though the guitars will not begin to appear in stores until the summer of 2000.
In 1996, Martin introduced a numbered series of 000-28EC Eric Clapton signature model acoustic guitars. The stock model 000-28EC guitars continue to be in demand, with nearly 4000 instruments shipped to date.
Martin Honors Johnny Cash<br>with Limited Edition D-42JC Signature Model GuitarRelease Date: 07/01/97
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 3 - July 1997
D-42JC (Johnny Cash)
Johnny Cash, one of country music's most distinctive figures, and The Martin Guitar Company are proud to introduce the D-42JC Johnny Cash Limited Edition Signature Model, a collaboration between the respected "Man in Black" and Martin. The Johnny Cash Limited Edition guitar will be available from Martin dealers throughout the world. The edition will be limited to a maximum of 200 guitars, each numbered in sequence and personally signed by Johnny Cash and C. F. Martin, IV, Martin's Chairman and CEO.
Johnny Cash, the youngest performer ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, is also in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Although he starts every concert with the words, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash," this is one artist who needs little introduction. Cash is one of the most recognizable and respected figures in country music and is acknowledged to be one of the biggest stars the industry has ever produced. Throughout his long career, Johnny Cash has shown tremendous loyalty to Martin guitars. His favorites include the first black Martin guitar ever made, Cash' custom D-35 made in 1989. He also plays a Martin Bicentennial Limited Edition (#375), and a custom D-45 made in 1982 and signed by both C. F. Martin, III, and C. F. Martin, IV.
The Johnny Cash D-42JC Signature Model is the first all black limited edition guitar ever offered by Martin. Hand-crafted entirely of solid woods, this D-42JC is a 14-fret Dreadnought with high performance, forward-shifted scalloped X-bracing. The three piece back is made of East Indian Rosewood with Martin style 45 multi-colored back inlay strips. The neck shape was inspired by the Hank Williams/Johnny Cash D-45. The fingerboard is genuine ebony and is inlaid with abalone stars, delicately bordered with mother of pearl. The rosette and the perimeter of the body are bordered with highly colorful style 42 abalone pearl inlay. Johnny Cash's signature will be inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Johnny Cash Limited Edition guitars will be donated to The Carter Family Memorial Music Center.
A native of Kingsland, Arkansas, Johnny Cash began playing the guitar and writing songs in the 1950s while serving in the Air Force. His hits include such favorites as "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "A Boy Named Sue." Widely known for his prison performances and songs, Cash has won three Grammy Awards. He is married to singing partner June Carter.
Martin Guitar dealers will begin to take orders for the Johnny Cash Limited Edition guitars immediately, though due to heavy demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not appear in stores until early 1998.
Joan Baez 0-45 Guitar Is First "Women & Music"<br>Artist's Signature EditionRelease Date: 01/01/98
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 4 - January 1998
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 virtually 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 small-bodied 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 & Co. 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 the first Artist Signature Model to be offered by Martin's highly successful and influential "Women and Music" Project. The guitar will be available only from authorized Martin dealers throughout the world.
A replica of Baez's priceless, pre-war, 1929 vintage 0-45, the Joan Baez Limited Edition 0-45JB is a rarer small-bodied 12-fret instrument with delicately scalloped top bracing. The guitar is handcrafted with Martin's highest "premium" 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's graceful signature will be delicately inlaid in pearl 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 (i.e. #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 nonprofit 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 will take orders for the Joan Baez Signature Models immediately, although the guitars will not begin to be available until the late summer of 1998.
C. F. Martin & Co. Honors Multi-Talented<br>Jimmy Buffett with Signature EditionRelease Date: 01/01/98
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 4 - January 1998
C. F. Martin & Co., in collaboration with renowned Gulf Coast singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, is proud to announce the HD-18JB Limited Edition Signature Model guitar. In honor of Buffett's classic hit "Margaritaville," and the subsequently famous Margaritaville Store & Cafe located at 424 Fleming Street in Key West, Florida, just 424 of these guitars will be made. Guitar enthusiasts (as well as Parrotheads) can purchase a HD-18JB from authorized Martin dealers throughout the world.
The HD-18JB Jimmy Buffett Limited Edition Signature Model derives its inspiration from Martin's legendary HD-28 "Herringbone" Dreadnought guitar. The back and sides of the HD-18JB are crafted from solid genuine mahogany instead of East Indian rosewood that normally appears on herringbone models. The result is an instrument with power, brilliance, clarity and punch. These tonal characteristics, personally specified by Buffett, a long time Martin collector and player, and make this model perfectly suited for both stage and performance and studio recording. Inspired by his fondness for the Florida Keys, Buffett chose a graceful windswept palm tree for the headstock of his signature model. The palm leaves are delicately cut with Paua shell. Green rippled abalone pearl is used for the trunk, and the cluster of five coconuts is cut from brown lip mother of pearl. The assembled palm tree inlay is tastefully nested below the Martin gold foil logo.
The soundboard, bookmatched from select solid spruce, features delicately scalloped bracing in the forward shifted pre-war style. The binding is grained ivoroid with fine pattern herringbone top trim and back inlay strip. An abalone pearl rosette, selected for exceptional color, adorns the soundhole, and a tortoise colored pickguard, carefully beveled and polished, protects the playing area of the top.
The ebony fingerboard is adorned with the Martin 42 Style snowflake inlay pattern with Jimmy Buffett's signature inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. Each instrument will bear an internal edition label individually numbered in sequence (i.e. #1 of 424, #2 of 424, etc.) and personally signed by Jimmy Buffett and C. F. Martin IV, Martin's chairman and CEO.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Jimmy Buffett Signature Model will be donated to one of Jimmy Buffett's favorite charities - The W. O. Smith Nashville Community Music School. The school provides music instruction to low income children from the Nashville area for a mere 50 cents per lesson. The staff of 90 is comprised entirely of volunteer teachers from within the community. The school also provides all of the instruments and learning materials at no additional cost to the students.
Jimmy Buffett started his recording career in Nashville in the late 1960s. One album, "Down to Earth," was released before Buffett moved to Key West, Florida, signed to ABC-Dunhill Records and began to achieve notoriety for his unusual tropical folk/rock albums, "White Sport Coat & a Pink Crustacean" (1973) and "Living & Dying in 3/4 Time" (1974). Although he gradually built a solid base of fans (Parrotheads), it wasn't until 1977, when the LP "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" with the top ten hit "Margaritaville" was released, that Buffett became a major star with millions of fans wildly enthusiastic about his beach bum character and tropical style. Buffett's "Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads" is one of the best-selling box sets ever.
Buffett later launched a Margaritaville line of clothing and opened the first of his Margaritaville clubs in Key West. Buffett has signed with Walt Disney's Touchstone Pictures for a movie version of his best-selling novel, "Where is Joe Merchant?" In addition, the musical adaptation of the Herman Wouk novel, "Don't Stop the Carnival," which Buffett and Wouk have been working on for the past four years, is finished and slated for a debut this winter in South Florida.
Martin Guitar dealers will take orders for the Jimmy Buffett HD-18JB Limited Edition Guitars immediately, though due to demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not be available in music stores until the late summer of 1998.
The Sound of Music Is Still Resounding<br>for Elizabeth Von TrappRelease Date: 01/01/98
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 4 - January 1998
Elizabeth Von Trapp is the granddaughter of the legendary Baroness Maria Von Trapp. Her father, Werner Van Trapp, was depicted as "Kurt" in the 1965 movie "The Sound of Music" about the family's courageous flight from occupied Austria during the rise of the Third Reich. Elizabeth's family grew up on a back road dairy farm in Vermont. Their story, popularized by the Broadway play starring Marty Martin and the subsequent movie featuring Julie Andrews, had a tremendous impact on the entire family. Elizabeth grew up with music surrounding her and she was naturally gifted with a beautiful voice. Early on, she learned to accompany herself on guitar. She performs a broad range of music (from Edelweiss to Kinks) in an equally broad range of locations (from Grand Central Station to Fenway Park). Elizabeth loves her J-40. When she went to purchase an acoustic guitar, she took a blindfold and had her husband hand her different instruments. She listened to dozens of guitars, but she picked her Martin J-40 out of the pack as the one with the most spectacular resonance and clarity. Look for her two CD's: Wishful Thinking and One Heart, One Mind. She has certainly drawn inspiration from the "old" music in evolving her unique and contemporary folk music style.