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Kenneth "BABYFACE" Edmonds Honored<br>with 000 Cutaway Signature Edition

Release Date: 02/07/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 8 - February 2000
000C-16RB (Baby Face)

In honor of the exceptional multi-talented musical genius of award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, C.F. Martin & Co. is proud to introduce the 000C-16RB "Babyface" Signature Model guitar. Babyface has made an indelible imprint on the evolution of rhythm and blues and pop music throughout the world. He is the winner of ten Grammy awards, including "Producer of the Year" for three consecutive years (a Grammy first). His 119 top-ten R&B and pop hits, his 47 number one R&B hits, his 51 top ten pop hits, including 16 number ones, have produced sales of over 30 million singles and 80 million albums.

Babyface’s "I’ll Make Love To You," and "End of the World," performed by Boyz II Men, made pop music history for the length of stay on the charts. His "Take a Bow," recorded by Madonna, became her 11th number one pop single and established her as the all-time female record holder for the most number one pop singles.

In addition to Boyz II Men and Madonna, Babyface has written and produced hit songs for many of contemporary music’s most popular superstars, including: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blidge, Faith Evans, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Williams, TLC, Brandy and Eric Clapton.

"Babyface" was first exposed to Martin guitars during his friendship and collaboration with Eric Clapton. In fact, the 000C-16RB model draws its inspiration from the extremely popular Eric Clapton signature models which both "Babyface" and Eric Clapton played on the award-winning recording of "Change The World". 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.

The 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition is a rounded Venetian, full access cutaway model crafted with solid woods throughout. The sides and back are constructed with genuine East Indian Rosewood for tonal warmth. The soundboard is bookmatched from rare Alpine spruce, which when combined with Martin’s scalloped X-brace pattern, yields a distinct tonal clarity and balance.

The soundhole rosette is inlaid with highly colorful abalone pearl, and the perimeter of the top is inlaid with Martin’s fine pattern herringbone wood marquetry and bordered with grained ivoroid. Prior to the application of multiple coats of polished gloss lacquer, the top is tinted with a golden "vintage toner" to further enhance this instrument’s pre-war styling.

As an additional enhancement to fingerstyle technique, the genuine mahogany neck is carved to a comfortable modified V-shape with an "OM" (Orchestra Model) neck width of 1 3/4". A fingerboard of genuine ebony features Martin’s historic long pattern abalone diamond and square inlay pattern, and Kenny Edmonds’ "Babyface" signature is inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. Martin/Gotoh vintage style tuning machines are open geared with chrome plated butterbean knobs.

The 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition is offered without a pickguard, though a polished and beveled tortoise colored pickguard is optional if specified at the point of ordering. A deluxe Geib Style™ hardshell case is included with each instrument.

Babyface is a left-handed player who, like many lefties, learned to play using right-handed instruments turned upside down. To accommodate his unusual playing style, Babyface’s personal edition instrument is a left-handed cutaway, strung "righty." With respect for left-handed players, the edition will be offered in left-handed or right-handed versions at the same price.

Each 000C-16RB will bear an interior label individually numbered in sequence with the edition total (i.e. 1 of 100, 2 of 100, etc.), and each label will be personally signed by Kenny Edmonds and Martin Chairman and CEO, C. F. Martin IV. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition will be donated to The United Negro College Fund.

The 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition guitars will begin to appear in stores in the summer of 2000.

The United Negro College Fund
United Negro College Fund
8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
(800) 331-2244

The UNCF is the nation’s oldest and most successful African American higher education assistance organ-ization. It is a consortium of 39 private, accredited 4-year historically black colleges and universities with a mission of enhancing the quality of education for America’s brightest young minds.

C.F. Martin & Co. Honors Jonny Lang<br>with Limited Edition Signature Guitar

Release Date: 02/07/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 8 - February 2000
JLJCR (Jonny Lang)

Nineteen year old Jonny Lang is an extraordinary talent. His first A&M CD, "Lie To Me," released in 1997, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart. He was listed in Newsweek’s Century Club of the 100 Americans expected to be influential in the next millennium. He swept the category for Best New Guitarist in Guitar Magazine’s readers poll and made a cameo appearance in the film "Blues Brothers 2000," performing with Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd. He also appeared at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Jeff Beck. And, after B.B. King invited Lang to perform with him at the White House, B.B. said, "He’s got youth and talent. [He is] starting at the height that I’ve reached. Think what [he] might do over time." Lang’s second A&M CD, "Wander This World," has already sold over a million copies worldwide.

In honor of this exceptional, up and coming blues guitarist, Martin’s Contemporary Artist Task Team coordinated the JLJCR Jonny Lang Limited Edition Signature model guitar. The edition will be limited to a maximum of 111 instruments.

Jonny Lang is the youngest guitarist to be selected by Martin with a limited edition, and he offered his direct input into the design of his affordable yet professional signature model.

The JLJCR is a Jumbo 14-fret full access Venetian cutaway equipped with a state-of-the-art Fishman® Prefix Onboard Blender system. This system enables the combination of an under saddle pickup to be blended with an internal condenser microphone, making it perfect for on-stage or studio use.

The most striking aspect of this instrument is its color. Martin’s "Vintage" toner is applied to the top to give the face of the guitar an aged amber hue. The bold black/white rosette and inlay lines around the perimeter of the top are unscraped after the application of the toner, yielding the same deep amber color, and pearlescent amber hollow hexagons mark the playing positions with stark contrast to the genuine black ebony fingerboard. Jonny Lang’s unique freeform signature is inlaid between the 17th and 20th frets. The bridge, also of genuine ebony, is fitted with a genuine bone saddle to match the nut.

The soundboard of the JLJCR is bookmatched from solid Sitka spruce and lightly braced with Martin’s hybrid scalloped "X" pattern to achieve optimum tone. The back and sides are constructed from laminated East Indian rosewood for a projective yet warm tonal response.

A solid genuine mahogany neck is shaped to Martin’s comfortable low profile and fitted with chrome enclosed tuners with ebony buttons. For the first time ever, a silver version of Martin’s gold foil logo graces the headstock. In keeping with Jonny Lang’s wishes, the instrument is offered without a pickguard.

Each JLJCR will bear an interior label that is personally signed by Jonny Lang and Martin Chairman and CEO, C. F. Martin IV. Each instrument will be individually numbered in sequence with the edition total.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each JLJCR Jonny Lang Limited Edition Signature model guitar will be donated in support of Camp Heartland, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Martin dealers will begin to take orders of the JLJCR Signature Edition guitars immediately, though the edition will not begin to appear in stores until the summer of 2000.

Camp Heart Land
Attn: Neil Willenson
3326 East Layton Ave., Suite #W1
Cudahy, WI 53110
(888) 724-HOPE

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Jonny Lang JLJCR Signature Edition guitar will be donated to Camp Heartland, a national non-profit organization that enhances the lives of children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS through year-round support, advocacy, recreational programs and community AIDS aware-ness efforts.


Release Date: 02/07/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 8 - February 2000

The Washington, DC, area has been supporting an active acoustic music scene for the last five decades. One of the most active and popular members of the current music community, Roger Henderson, can be heard several times a week in the area, performing on any one of his three Martin guitars, a D-45, D-28 or D12-28, and wearing his matching Martin baseball cap.

If you visit Washington soon, look for his schedule in the local papers. Look for him on the road too; his license plate is "Virginia D-45"! (Courtesy of Len Jaffe)


Release Date: 02/07/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 8 - February 2000

No one is more thrilled to finally have a Martin D-41 to perform and record with than acoustic guitar player, singer and songwriter David Mallett. After playing a number of other guitars over the last thirty years, including a well-worn D-18 that he refuses to take on the road, Mallett now utilizes his new D-41 with a confidence and presence that was previously unapparent.

David’s career began in the early 1960s, when he and older brother Neil performed as an Everly Brothers-style country duo in their native rural Maine. Best known for his tune "Garden Song," Mallett’s songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Hal Ketchum, and the late John Denver, among others. Of his guitar, David says "It’s the finest I’ve ever played. I’ve waited a long time for it." (Courtesy of Len Jaffe)

Hanson Guitarist RAVI Finds his own Path

Release Date: 02/07/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 8 - February 2000

Throughout 1997, Ravi played guitar for that year's top-selling band in the world, Hanson. They performed the platinum, #1 hit single, "Mmmbop," and other cuts from their multi-platinum albums including "Middle Of Nowhere," which sold more than fifteen million CDs worldwide. Hanson performed in the world's most prestigious venues with crowds often exceeding 30,000 screaming fans.

In 1998, Ravi released his first solo CD entitled simply "Ravi." In 1999, "Dancin' with Hanson," Ravi’s best selling autobiographical account about his year on the road with Hanson, was released concurrently with his second critically acclaimed solo CD, "Beyond The Blur." Having returned from a worldwide book signing tour, Ravi is extremely active with an impressive lineup of recording studio collaborations and with his ongoing performances, writings, and teaching projects. Check out his website at:

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