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GUEST SPEAKER - RICHARD STARKEY

Release Date: 01/30/01
Source: Biography

Guitarist and vocalist Richard Starkey has long been considered one of the best lead and flatpicking guitar players in the Northeast. He has entertained audiences with his versatility and musicianship for more than 25 years. A winner of several awards for his picking and vocals, Richard plays solo, duo, and with a number of respected and popular Country and Bluegrass groups.

His musical career includes concert performances with Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, The Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, David Grier, Kenny Smith and Roland White. He has also performed and recorded with Rounder recording artist Skip Gorman and "Rabbit in a Log." Richard has picked for the Nashville recording group "Teresa and the Rangers," who were voted by the New England Country Musician Association as New England’s best country band. Starkey has opened concerts for such luminaries as Johnny Cash, John Hartford, Doc Watson and Norman Blake and will be a featured performer at many bluegrass events throughout 2001. Richard has recently completed a flatpicking duet CD entitled Delaware Crossing with 1995 National Flatpicking Champ Mark Cosgrove, available on the "Noisy Neighbor Label."

Richard, who is based in Franklin, Tennessee, is an authorized Martin Guitar Repair Technician who takes care of the guitars of many of Nashville’s celebrity recording artists that play Martin guitars. He was recently profiled in Flatpicking Guitar magazine.

Richard has been actively involved with stringed instrument making and repair for more than 25 years. His clinic includes a historical overview of the Martin Guitar Company throughout its 166-year history, a video tour of the Martin plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and plenty of acoustic guitar picking and singing in the wide range of styles that he has mastered. A relaxed and informal entertainer, Starkey is capable of answering just about any question posed on the history, construction and sound of the "C.F. Martin" guitar. Clinic attendees are welcome to bring a favorite Martin guitar for a free check up (time permitting), and admission is free.

Mark Knopfler

Release Date: 07/20/01
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 11 - Jul. 2001
HD-40MK (Mark Knopfler)

Known for his fluid, twisting electric leads with Dire Straits, his work as a solo artist, and his delicate acoustic precision on several movie soundtracks, Mark Knopfler has consistently dazzled as a guitarist. Now, after more than 25 years of inspired playing, Knopfler’s personal preferences regarding the ideal acoustic guitar have helped create an extraordinary instrument: the Martin HD-40MK Mark Knopfler Signature Edition model.

The HD-40MK Mark Knopfler Signature Edition reflects Knopfler’s individual taste in tonewoods, construction and appointments. This Dreadnought’s solid East Indian rosewood back and sides are matched to a top of rare bookmatched Italian alpine spruce (the same species used by Antonio Stradivari), cherished by luthiers and players alike for impressive dynamics and string-to-string definition. Scalloped 5/16" top X-braces, advanced to one inch from the soundhole in the pre-war style, give the instrument’s rich tone added depth and clarity. Jumbo frets on the black African ebony fingerboard provide plenty of height for runs, hammer-ons, pull-offs and string bending. The soundhole features an eye-catching ring of "pearl diamond" inlays, inspired by a unique rosette style originated by C. F. Martin in the 1840s. The drama of the rosette is matched by the bound and polished East Indian rosewood headstock overlay, inlaid with the "C. F. Martin & Co." script logo in brilliant mother of pearl.

Mark Knopfler’s strong convictions regarding how the Martin model that bears his name should look and sound come naturally—acoustic guitars have been one of his abiding pleasures. A member of countless bands during his teens in the northeast of England, he gravitated to acoustic playing while working as a journalist in Leeds in the late 1960s. During the next six years, he integrated a variety of influences into his playing but found the source for his acoustic and electric voice in the blues.

He graduated from Leeds University in 1973 and headed straight to London to break into the rock scene, but his big break came four years, a couple of bands and a detour through Essex later, when he and three other musicians formed Dire Straits. A five-song demo highlighting Knopfler’s fine playing and songwriting soon netted the band airplay on the BBC, a manager and a recording contract. Released early in 1978, the group’s first single, "Sultans of Swing," became a worldwide hit, and Knopfler never looked back.

Powered by Knopfler’s distinctive guitar, voice and songs, Dire Straits released eight albums in 16 years and scored several hit singles, including "Skateaway," "Walk of Life" and "Money for Nothing." The group also became a huge live act, selling out concert halls and stadiums around the world. As side projects during this period, Knopfler scored the music to five movies, produced Tina Turner’s comeback album and an album by Bob Dylan, returned to his folk roots as a member of The Notting Hillbillies and recorded a duet guitar album with the legendary Chet Atkins.

In the mid-1990s, Knopfler became a solo artist with release of the "Golden Heart" album. His second solo effort, "Sailing to Philadelphia," provided a fresh set of beautifully crafted songs for the tour of the same name that crossed the United States last April and May. To date, Knopfler has sold more than 105 million albums. In addition, paleontologist fans early this year named a new species of dinosaur discovered in Madagascar after him: Masiakasaurus Knopfleri.

The HD-40MK Mark Knopfler Signature Edition may have some traditional touches, but it’s no dinosaur. Vintage toner, fine patterned herringbone purfling, ivoroid binding, a black African ebony belly bridge with white inlaid black bridge pins, and an old style beveled and polished tortoise-colored pickguard on the top enhance the instrument’s classic look.

Peter Rowan

Release Date: 07/20/01
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 11 - Jul. 2001
000-40SPR (Peter Rowan)

From bluegrass and folk to acoustic fusion and Tex-Mex, Peter Rowan personifies American roots music. With his distinctive voice, fine rhythm guitar work and deft songwriting, he has helped fuel the traditional – and non-traditional – acoustic music revival for nearly 40 years, as a solo artist and as frontman for several benchmark groups. A loyal Martin player his entire career, Rowan inspired and helped create the Signature Edition guitar that bears his name: the 000-40SPR Peter Rowan "Midnight Moonlight" model.

The 000-40SPR "Midnight Moonlight" Signature Edition draws its name from a well known Peter Rowan song, and its style from one of his vintage Martin guitars. A spectacular blend of classic design, prime tonewoods and unique appointments, the 000-40SPR is an instrument as versatile as Rowan himself.

Born into a musical family in Massachusetts, Peter Rowan formed his first band while still in high school. He soon found himself drawn to bluegrass and blues, and became a professional musician after college. In 1964, he joined Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys as singer and rhythm guitarist. He stayed with the "Father of Bluegrass" for three years, during which he began to write songs.

Soon after leaving Monroe, he teamed up with mandolin maestro David Grisman in the folk-rock band Earth Opera, which recorded a couple of albums and toured until the early 1970s. Two years later, after a stay in the rock fusion group Seatrain, Rowan joined Grisman again to sing and play bluegrass, first in Muleskinner with guitar wizard Clarence White (recently honored with the D-18CW Commemorative Edition Martin), and later in Old & In the Way, with Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia (who played banjo in the aggregation). Both groups were short lived, but their recordings spurred a youth movement in bluegrass.

In the late 1970s and through the 1980s, Rowan and his siblings Chris and Lorin recorded and toured as the Rowan Brothers. He also played Tex Mex rock with the Free Mexican Airforce, featuring accordion player Flaco Jiminez.

In the 1990s, Rowan showed his musical range in a string of well-received albums: bluegrass in "First Whippoorwill," "Bluegrass Boy" and "New Freedom Bell" (with Czech group Druha Trava), folk in "Dust Bowl Children," and world music in "Awake Me in the New World." "Yonder," a record recorded with slide master Jerry Douglas, received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album. He also became a major concert attraction, in recent years touring extensively with flatpicking icon Tony Rice.

Named for a song he wrote and first performed with Old & In The Way, the 000-40SPR Peter Rowan "Midnight Moonlight" Signature Edition model is based on Martin’s classic 000 12-fret design, Rowan’s personal favorite. Equally impressive fingerpicked or flat-picked, it has been enhanced with fine tonewoods and unique appointments to create a truly spectacular instrument.

The 000-40SPR features back and sides of solid genuine mahogany and a top of solid, premium quality book-matched Sitka spruce, a tonewood combination prized for tonal richness and clarity. Traditional hand-scalloped top braces bring these woods to their full sound potential.

The body is paired with a 1 13/16" neck of genuine mahogany. In the tradition of 000 12-frets from the 1920s and early 1930s, the modified V-shaped neck features a tapered, slotted headstock, squared slots equipped with nickel Waverly side mount, open geared tuners with butterbean knobs, and a diamond volute. The neck is fitted with a bone nut, matched by a bone saddle on the traditional pyramid bridge.

The 000-40SPR’s appointments are uniquely beautiful. Tinted with aging toner, the top showcases black/white/black/white purfling against tortoise colored binding, in complement to the black/white purfling and tortoise colored binding on the back and sides, and the black/white line inlays and tortoise colored binding on the fingerboard and headstock. The end piece and heelcap are tortoise colored and accented with black/white edge inlays. In vivid contrast, the style 45 soundhole rosette features brilliant blue paua shell inlay. The top is protected by a tortoise colored, polished and beveled OM teardrop pickguard, and the entire body is hand polished to a gloss finish.

Dan Fogelberg

Release Date: 07/20/01
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 11 - Jul. 2001
D-41DF (Dan Fogelberg)

For more than 25 years, Dan Fogelberg has expressed in song a generation’s most intimate thoughts and feelings, and done so in words and melodies both deceptively simple and inspiringly eloquent. For virtually his entire career, a Martin guitar has been his constant companion for song-writing, recording and performing. Now Martin returns the compliment with a guitar that honors the man and his music: the D-41DF Dan Fogelberg Signature Edition model.

From a musical family, Dan Fogelberg began playing piano at age 6 but switched to guitar when he was 11, playing in rock bands throughout high school. While at the University of Illinois he played solo at local coffee-houses, where his singing and songwriting talents soon captured the attention of music agent Irving Azoff. Leaving college and moving to Nashville via Los Angeles, he released his 1972 debut album "Home Free." His second album, 1974’s "Souvenirs," became the first in a string of many consecutive gold, platinum and multi-platinum records.

Inspired by his success and his new home in the mountains of Colorado, Fogelberg wrote and recorded several of his finest works over the next decade. His 1979 album "Phoenix" yielded the number two hit single "Longer" and his 1981 double album "Innocent Age" produced four Top 20 singles, including "Leader of the Band" and "Same Auld Lang Syne." "High Country Snows," released in 1985, showcased his talents in a bluegrass context, assisted by some of the best pickers in the business.

In recent years, Fogelberg has continued to create music both fresh and vital. His 1993 album "River of Souls" displayed a definite world music flavor. "The First Christmas Morning" from 1999 showed uncommon depth in a holiday offering. His latest, last year's "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Some Blues" demonstrated that he could mix the blues and his own songs in a live show with exciting results. His long career and unswerving dedication to his craft has earned Fogelberg some of the most ardent and loyal fans in the business.

The D-41DF Dan Fogelberg Signature Edition model combines great tone and great looks in a singularly magnificent instrument. True to Fogelberg’s personal preference, the D-41DF is a classic Martin Dreadnought with uniquely powerful tone. Premium solid tonewoods are featured throughout: tightly-grained, bookmatched Sitka spruce for the top, East Indian rosewood for the back and sides and genuine mahogany for the neck. The 5/16" standard X-bracing under the top emphasizes clear, balanced timbre, a sound ideal for bluegrass and traditional music. A colorful Style 45 mosaic backstrip joins the two-piece back.

Vividly colored "green select" abalone frames the perimeter of the top and the soundhole and shines on the Style 41 "C. F. Martin" block letters inlaid on the headstock and on the Style 41 "original version" hexagons (which begin at the 3rd fret) inlaid on the black African ebony fingerboard. Dan Fogelberg’s unique signature is delicately inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets. Pale gold Agoya pearl has been utilized for the winter snowflake inlays on the wings of the black African ebony belly bridge. Grained ivoroid binding protects the top, back, headstock and fingerboard edges.

The easy playing, low profile neck reflects many original Style 41 appointments, including a 1 11/16" neck width at the nut, a solid squared and tapered headstock with diamond volute, and gold-plated Grover enclosed tuning machines with gold-plated knobs.

The aging toner tinted top, black polished and beveled pickguard, and Style 45 abalone inlaid bridge and end pins also mirror early (late 1960s to early 1970s) D-41 appointments. A genuine bone nut and compensated saddle are carefully fitted for comfortable action. The entire instrument (including the neck and headplate) is beautifully finished in polished gloss lacquer and delivered in a Geib™ vintage style hard-shell case.

Each Martin D-41DF Dan Fogelberg Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Dan Fogelberg and Martin Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin IV, numbered in sequence and showing the edition total. At Dan Fogelberg’s request, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his Signature Edition will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund, the largest privately funded international conservation organization in the world. Dedicated to protecting the world’s wildlife and wildlands, the World Wildlife Fund celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, having sponsored more than 13,000 conservation projects in 157 countries.

Orders for the D-41DF Dan Fogelberg Signature Edition will be accepted by Martin dealers and distributors for 60 days from the date of announcement. After the order period closes, the size of the edition and the names of participating Martin dealers will be posted on the Martin website at www.martinguitar.com.

Beck

Release Date: 07/20/01
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 11 - Jul. 2001
D-16BH (Beck)

For nearly a decade, Beck Hansen has been breaking traditions with his edgy, audacious music. Drawing on hip-hop, folk, punk, rock, rap, psychedelia, pop and blues, Beck has written, performed and recorded an eclectic, post-modern mix of music both uniquely powerful and impossible to categorize. Challenging the norm has always been at the heart of his persona, and he has done it again in the Martin D-16BH Beck Signature Edition guitar, an instrument unlike any in C. F. Martin & Company’s 168-year history.

While true to Martin’s traditional Dreadnought shape, the D-16BH features a shallow, approximately 000-depth body. The thinner body combines powerful Martin Dreadnought tone with distinctive balance and clarity. In addition to being an exceptional guitar for recording, the D-16BH offers playing comfort to guitarists for whom a standard Dreadnought is simply too deep. In suggesting this innovative design, Beck again shows his talent for thinking differently.

The D-16BH shows Beck’s appreciation for a true working musician’s instrument, with the emphasis on tone, playability and understated decoration. The top is premium solid bookmatched Sitka spruce, selected for strong, full tone. Back and sides of solid East Indian Rosewood add depth and projection. Comfortable for a variety of playing styles, the modified low oval neck is crafted from Spanish cedar. Martin’s hybrid A-frame scalloped X-bracing and patented mortise and tenon neck joint provide an ideal blend of stability and responsiveness.

Top, back and side edges combine black/white purfling " three layers on the top, and one layer on the back and sides " with tortoise colored binding for subtle elegance. In contrast, both the Style 45 abalone pearl inlaid rosette and Style 45 multi-colored mosaic back strip add a subtle touch of flash.

Other D-16BH appointments include a polished East Indian rosewood headstock overlay with the gold foil "C.F. Martin & Co." logo, chrome enclosed tuners with small ebony buttons, an ebony fingerboard and belly bridge, black bridge and end pins inlaid with abalone dots, vintage toner on the top, and a polished and beveled tortoise colored pickguard. The fingerboard features vintage style abalone dot position markers inlaid at the 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th and 15th frets, and the "Beck" signature inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets. Every D-16BH Beck Signature Edition guitar comes equipped with Martin Gold Plus® Natural II sound reinforce-ment electronics.

Whether creating a guitar or creating music, for Beck, the blend of radical and traditional comes naturally. Growing up living between Missouri and New York, Beck became drawn to acoustic blues and hardcore punk. In 1989, after learning guitar and dropping out of school, he joined the underground anti-folk scene in New York City, playing clubs, writing songs and making his first recordings.

Beck moved to Los Angeles in 1991, where he created multi-track demos that soon caught the attention of the recording industry. Released as a 12-inch single in 1993, "Loser" soon became a club and underground radio favorite and led to Beck’s first Grammy nomination in 1994. On the strength of the single, the album "Mellow Gold" was released in 1994, becoming a critical and popular success. In the summer of 1995, Beck took his show on the road, performing across the United States as part of the Lollapalooza tour. Released in 1996, Beck’s second album, "Odelay," earned two Grammy Awards and was named Best Album of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine. Beck himself was named Artist of the Year both by Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, and received an MTV™ Video Award. His acoustic-based "Mutations" album, released in 1998, netted Beck a third Grammy Award. Released in 1999, "Midnite Vultures" continued Beck’s winning streak, with a powerful set of genre-bending dance tracks that are a central element of his 2001 tour.

Delivered in a faux alligator skin case, each Martin D-16BH Beck Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label signed by Beck and Martin Chairman and CEO C.F. Martin IV. A portion of the proceeds from each guitar will be donated to The World Literacy Campaign, which addresses the problems of poverty, ignorance, disease and substance abuse in the world’s children through literacy programs.

Orders for the D-16BH Beck Signature Edition will be accepted by Martin dealers and distributors for 60 days from the date of announcement, with the size of the edition and the names of participating Martin dealers to be posted on the Martin website at www.martinguitar.com.

 
 
 
 
 
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