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Dolly Parton

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

Dolly Parton hugs a 12-fret 00-18 Martin on the cover of her latest Sugar Hill CD release, "The Grass Is Blue." She has enlisted the talents of bluegrass icons Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush with special appearances by Allison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. As always, Dolly is supercharged and genuine, a first class production from a very first class lady.

Don Reno

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

Don Reno, perhaps better known for his banjo playing, was also one of the pioneers of flatpicking guitar style. This classic 1972 instrumental King Records release features Don playing his double pickguarded D-28 with Bill Harrell on rhythm guitar and Buck Ryan on fiddle. The licks are lightning fast and articulate, a must for lovers of single note soloing.

Martin Honors George Jones with Signature Edition D-41GJ

Release Date: 08/01/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 9 - July 2000
D-41GJ (George Jones)

For five decades, George Jones has captivated country music lovers with his pure, emotional, heart-on-his-sleeve voice. After more than 140 country hits, George Jones’ unique talent as a singer has made him a living legend and an inspiration to two generations of country performers. His life has had more triumphs and travails than a hundred jukebox songs; but from behind a Martin guitar, he continues to do what he does best: create great country music.

Affectionately nicknamed "The Possum," George Jones had his first country hit in 1955 with "Why Baby Why." Dozens of top ten singles and albums as a solo artist followed, including such classics as "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Race is On," and "He Stopped Lovin' Her Today." He also recorded several hit duets, with partners as diverse as wife Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles and Randy Travis.

Jones is among the most honored performers in all of country music. He was named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year in 1962, 1963, 1980, and 1981, and also received the organization’s Vocal Event of the Year award in 1993 and 1998. He won Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1980 and 1999. Inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1968, Jones was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. George Jones’ hard, fast life simply adds to his legend. Four marriages, a decade of drug and alcohol abuse in the 1970s and 1980s, and triple-bypass heart surgery in 1994 are detailed in his best selling book, I Lived To Tell It All. A near-fatal automobile accident in 1998 could have ended his career, but Jones came back stronger than ever, recording a fine album, "Cold Hard Truth," hosting The George Jones Show on cable television, and heading out on tour. Through thick and thin, George Jones has been loyal to Martin guitars. A Martin Dreadnought has been George’s instrument of choice for most of his career, and he rarely steps on stage without one.

In recognition of George Jones’, extraordinary contributions to country music, the Martin Guitar Company is pleased to introduce the D-41GJ George Jones Limited Edition Signature model guitar. Inspired by the pearl-inlaid Martin Dreadnoughts Jones plays on stage and in the studio, this unique model will be limited to just 100 guitars.

The D-41GJ is crafted entirely from select quality solid tonewoods. A soundboard of premium Engelmann spruce was chosen for its rich, "open" tone. Traditionally carved scalloped X-braces advanced to 1 inch from the soundhole enhance the full, powerful voice. Both back and sides are made from bookmatched, straight-grained East Indian rosewood.

Reflecting George Jones’ personal preference, colorful "heart" abalone pearl inlays grace the top perimeter and soundhole rosette, a vibrant accent to the aging toner-tinted top. The two-piece back is complemented by a Style 45 mosaic inlay center strip, and both top and back are bound in grained ivoroid. The guitar body is finished with multiple coats of nitrocellulose lacquer, polished to a high gloss.

The genuine mahogany, low profile neck reflects vintage styling in its squared and tapered solid headstock, and a diamond volute. "C.F. Martin" inlaid in abalone pearl block letters on East Indian rosewood, and gold-plated Waverly tuners with butterbean knobs, highlight the ivoroid-bound headstock. The black African ebony fingerboard, also bound in grained ivoroid, displays distinctive "scalloped hexagon" position markers and culminates in George Jones’ signature, inlaid in pearl, between the 18th and 20th frets. Selected to match the fingerboard, the black ebony bridge is fitted with white bridge pins inlaid with abalone pearl dots. Both the compensated saddle and nut are genuine bone. The top is protected by a polished and beveled vintage-style tortoise colored pickguard.

Each D-41GJ will bear an interior label personally signed by George Jones and Martin Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin IV. A deluxe Geib style® case is included with each instrument. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each George Jones D-41GJ Signature Edition guitar will be donated to support the work of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, which cared for George Jones after his near-fatal car accident in 1998, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive pediatric care for acute and chronic illnesses. The only facility of its kind in the mid-south, the hospital treats nearly 100,000 young patients each year.

Martin dealers are now taking orders for the D-41GJ. The George Jones Limited Edition Signature model should begin arriving in stores in early 2001.

Richard Starkey & Mark Cosgrove

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

Martin clinician Richard Starkey and 1995 National Flatpicking Champion Mark Cosgrove duel it out on "Delaware Crossing," a primarily instrumental recording that features the unique Clarence White inspired Parsons Green Acoustic B-bender on several cuts. This is a fine collection of well crafted guitar work that raises the bar for contemporary flatpickers.

Gordon Lightfoot D-18GL Limited Edition Pays Tribute to Edmund Fitzgerald

Release Date: 08/01/00
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 9 - July 2000
D-18GL (Gordon Lightfoot)

For nearly 40 years, Gordon Lightfoot has been the musician’s musician. Few can match his success as a songwriter, recording artist and performer. The gentle grace and power of his music has influenced the likes of Dan Fogelberg, Sarah McLachlan, Tony Rice and Jimmy Buffett, yet Lightfoot remains a true original.

A professional singer in his native Canada while still in his teens, Lightfoot first gained fame in the early 1960s as a songwriter. By 1966, he had penned hit songs for Peter, Paul and Mary, Ian and Sylvia and Marty Robbins.

Beginning with his first album in 1966, he quickly developed into a major artist, writing and recording several hit singles, among them "Early Morning Rain," "Beautiful," "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," "Rainy Day People," and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

Over the years, Lightfoot has garnered three Platinum and nine Gold records, five Grammy nominations and seventeen Juno (Canada’s Grammy) awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 1997 received the Governor General’s Arts Award, Canada’s highest creative arts honor. Lightfoot continues to be a major musical force and concert draw. Last year he released Songbook, a four-CD set of greatest hits and rarities and this year taped a live concert special which is scheduled to air on PBS.

Throughout his long career, Martin guitars have been among Lightfoot’s favorite instruments. Martins grace several of his album covers, and he often plays a D-18 in concert.

In recognition of his musical achievements and his enduring appreciation for Martin guitars, the Martin Guitar Company is pleased to announce the D-18GL Gordon Lightfoot Limited Edition Signature model. Up to but not exceeding 61 of the D-18GL will be made. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these instruments will fund The Gordon Lightfoot Scholarship Fund at Great Lakes Maritime Academy (part of Northwestern Michigan College), home to the only officer training program for fresh water maritime ships in the United States. Lightfoot established the fund in 1976 to help prevent shipping disasters like the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which inspired one of his most memorable songs.

The D-18GL features spectacular premium tonewoods throughout. The top is made from solid, bookmatched Engelmann spruce, renowned for rich, vintage tone. Hand-scalloped X-braces, forward shifted to 1 inch from the soundhole, enhance the instrument’s deep, full sound. The two-piece back and sides are solid genuine quilted mahogany. Among the world’s rarest and most beautiful woods, quilted mahogany provides uncommon string-to-string balance and definition.

Traditional Style 18 tortoise-colored bindings protect the body’s top and back edges. The top showcases 5-ply black/white Style 18 purfling and a beautiful "heart" abalone pearl rosette. Vintage toner on the top, a polished, high gloss lacquer finish, and a polished and beveled tortoise-colored pickguard enhance the instrument’s vintage look.

Vintage elements also complement the D-18GL’s low-profile genuine mahogany neck. The East Indian rosewood overlay on the solid squared and tapered headstock is topped by Martin’s "old style" gold decal logo and Gotoh "Kluson-style" chrome tuners. The unbound black African ebony fingerboard features abalone dot position inlays. A profile silhouette of the Edmund Fitzgerald graces the 12th fret. Gordon Lightfoot’s signature is inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets.

The bridge is crafted from black African ebony, matched by abalone-inlaid ebony bridge pins and an ebony endpin. Both the nut and compensated saddle are genuine bone.

The D-18GL bears an interior label, numbered in sequence with the edition total (i.e., 1 of 61, 2 of 61, etc.), personally signed by Gordon Lightfoot and Martin Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin IV. Each instrument comes with a deluxe Geib style® hardshell case. A left-hand version of the D-18GL may be ordered at no additional cost; the model also may be ordered with a vintage dark sunburst top and/or electronic sound reinforcement for an additional charge.

Martin dealers will begin taking orders for the D-18GL Gordon Lightfoot Limited Edition Signature model immediately. The D-18GL should begin arriving in stores in early 2001.

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