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Martin Guitar Masterpieces by Dick Boak

dbbookMartin Guitar Masterpieces
A Showcase of Artists' Editions, Limited Editions, and Custom Guitars by Dick Boak
Foreword by Steve Miller
Introduction by C. F. Martin IV
Book Design by David Costa; Wherefore Art, London

MARTIN GUITAR MASTERPIECES will be a must-have for the legions of avid collectors and enthusiasts of Martin Guitars. Featuring more than one hundred of Martin's most desirable creations, the book includes instruments belonging to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Sting, and Eric Clapton, museum pieces from Martin's early years and the family's collection, and Elvis¹ famous "ELVI" guitar. It also provides a glimpse into the collaboration between artist and guitar maker, considering Martin's signature-edition guitars designed with music legends ranging from Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Paul Simon, and Johnny Cash to current artists like Beck, Babyface, and Jonny Lang. A sneak preview of Martin's millionth instrument, due out in 2004, concludes the book.

Martin guitars are internationally revered, collected, and played by legions of performers, singers, and writers whose names are the stuff of legend. This beautifully produced book features more than 100 of Martin's most desirable guitars. The Martin Guitar Company is the oldest surviving maker of guitars in the world and the largest and most respected manufacturer of acoustic guitars in America. The Martin name is synonymous with the best and most desirable of any such instrument available today and has been, consistently, since its inception in 1833. Based in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the company is still family owned. C. F. Martin IV is the sixth generation and boasts an impeccable heritage, traditional values, and matchless quality of manufacture.

100 four-color illustrations

MARTIN GUITAR MASTERPIECES is designed by David Costa's Wherefore Art? Studio, the creators of The Beatles Anthology and The Rolling Stones, A Life on the Road.

Dick Boak is the head of artist relations and publicity at C. F. Martin and Company, collaborating with artists in the design of their Limited and Signature Editions. A graphic artist, adept luthier, and musician in his own right, he co-founded the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans, and has organized numerous national instrument-making symposiums.

The retail price of the book is $40.00 in the USA, and $60.00 in Canada, 25£ in the UK.

The book is available from The Martin Guitar Company's retail store "1833 Shop" (800) 633-2060 Ext. 240. Autographed copies are available upon request for a nominal surcharge to account for the extra handling. Martin Telesales offers the book to Martin & Telesales dealers in single or case lot quantities (12 per case), either signed or unsigned, and priced accordingly.

The book is also sold at very competitive prices in nearly all national retail bookstore chains such as Borders and Barnes and Noble, or online at popular book selling web sites such as: Dealer or quantity inquires can be directed to:

The hardcover US edition is distributed in the USA by Bulfinch Press, a division of AOL/Time Warner: Bulfinch Press
AOL Time Warner Book Group
Boston € New York € London
(800) 222-6747
(800) 222-6902 Fax

The book is distributed to the Music stores by:
Hal Leonard Publishing
7777 West Bluemound Road
P. O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 774-3630
(414) 774-3259 Fax

The book is distributed internationally by:
Palazzo Editions Limited
15 Gay Street
United Kingdom
011 44 1225 326345
011 44 1225 311362 fax
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Hanson Guitarist RAVI Finds his own Path

raviSource: 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:

Veterans Model

vets400Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 12 - Jan. 2002

C. F. Martin employees not only love making Martin guitars and strings, but also are deeply devoted to their country and to the men and women in the United States Armed Forces who have unselfishly defended it. To honor these heroic men and women, a group of Martin employees, consisting of both military veterans and non-veterans, was formed on February 14, 2000 to design an instrument dedicated to all American veterans — the DVM Dreadnought Veterans’ Special Edition Model.

This classic 14-fret Martin Dreadnought features premium quality bookmatched Sitka spruce for the top with Martin’s hybrid A-frame scalloped X-bracing, and solid East Indian rosewood for the back and sides. A style 45 mosaic backstrip bordered with black fiber joins the two-piece back while an elegant top inlay consisting of bold pattern herringbone is combined with black and white side and back inlay.

The DVM low-profile neck is comprised of genuine mahogany with a 1 11/16" neck width at the nut. Neck appointments include a black Corian® nut matched by a black Micarta® saddle and a black ebony belly bridge with abalone inlaid black bridge and pins. Beautiful gold-plated open gear tuners with butterbean knobs are also included.

The truly distinguishing characteristics of the DVM are present on the solid Martin headstock with diamond volute and the fingerboard. The emblems of the Department of the Army, the U. S. Marine Corps, the U. S. Navy, the U. S. Air Force, and the U. S. Coast Guard are gracefully displayed below the gold foil "C. F. Martin & Co." logo on the black ebony headplate. A representative of the C. F. Martin Veterans’ guitar group, in conjunction with a representative from the office of U. S. Congressman Patrick Toomey from Pennsylvania’s 15th District, engaged in a lengthy approval process to use these emblems. The Veterans theme is further exemplified in the black ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays of an eagle at the 3rd fret, V E T E R A N S from the 5th to 12th frets, small five pointed stars at the 15th and 17th frets, and the National Defense Service ribbon in dyed woods between the 19th and 20th frets. The National Defense Service medal and ribbon were awarded for honorable active service for any period between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954, between January 1, 1961 and August 14, 1974, and between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995.

Additional appointments of the DVM includes a rosette featuring brilliant blue paua shell inlay. The aging toner tinted top is protected by a black polished and beveled pickguard, and the entire body is beautifully finished in polished gloss lacquer.

Delivered in a hard shell case with black hardware, each Martin DVM Veterans Special Edition bears an interior label signed by Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin IV and numbered in sequence. In addition, a set of two genuine steel dog tags, similar to those issued to armed forces personnel, will accompany each guitar. The dog tags will be individually engraved as follows:


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each DVM guitar will be donated to a disabled veterans' organization that wishes to remain anonymous.

Orders for the DVM Veterans Special Edition are being accepted immediately, though the guitars will not begin to appear in stores until the summer of 2002.

If you are an American veteran, or have memories of a veteran etched deeply into your heart, then this is the guitar for you!


The National Defense Service Ribbon is recreated in dyed woods and inlaid at the last fret.

Guest Performer - Laurence Juber

Laurence Juber has been playing guitar for nearly 40 years, and was the Lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's band, Wings, winning a "Best Rock Instrumental" Grammy for the song, "Rockestra". However, Laurence, best known to his fans as "LJ", has since established himself as an artist in his own right, and has recently extended his catalog to NINE acoustic guitar instrumental CD's, all featuring his unique fingerstyle technique and extensive use of alternate tunings.

His latest release is 'Different Times' (September 2001), recorded at Hollywood's legendary Capitol Studios, features drums by jazz great Peter Erskine. His two previous releases (March 2000) are albums arranged of Beatle songs, 'LJ Plays The Beatles', as well as a 'Collection' of Laurence's most requested songs.

In March 1999 LJ released 'Altered Reality', part of the "Masters of Acoustic Guitar" series from Narada Records. His previous album, 'Mosaic' (1998), showcases his playing on acoustic and electric guitar in a variety of trio, duo, and solo settings. Additionally, his recording of the composition, "Liquid Amber", is featured on the Windham Hill CD, Sounds of Wood and Steel.

LJ tours extensively in support of these CDs with concert and clinic dates in the United States and Europe. He is also featured in collaboration with the unique guitar stylist, Preston Reed, on 'Groovemasters' Vol 1, and with singer-songwriter Al Stewart on "Between the Wars". LJ also produced Al's latest CD "Down In The Cellar".

Laurence also enjoys continued success as a studio guitarist. He has worked on scores of television shows, (including Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, and 7th Heaven), films (the 'Academy Award' - winning Good Will Hunting, Dirty Dancing and Pocahontas), and record albums (including Ringo Starr, Alan Parsons, Paul Williams, Al Stewart, Belinda Carlisle, The Monkees, and Lou Rawls).

Juber with his wife, Hope, have composed the score to 'Gilligan's Island, the Musical', recently produced to rave reviews in Los Angeles. His 'Magellan Suite' for Guitar and String Quartet is a musical highlight of the new 'Disney Sea' theme park in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently co-composing with Snuffy Walden the score to NBC-TV's returning comedy 'Three Sisters'.

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Philly Folk Fest

folkfestSource: Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 12 - Jan. 2002

The Philadelphia Folk Festival, one of the longest running and most successful events of its kind in the United States, just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Held every summer in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, this music festival has evolved from a small, grass roots event into a three-day family-oriented celebration attracting folk music enthusiasts from around the globe. The festival features an amazing list of performers, folk and square dancing, workshops, arts and crafts, and camping. This year’s lineup included such stellar artists as Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rush, Janis Ian, Judy Collins, and David Bromberg, to name just a few.

The Philadelphia Folksong Society, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the encouragement and enjoyment of folk music and related expressions of folklore, sponsors research, education, therapeutic programs and related publications. Perhaps their most famous and visible activity is the annual summer folk festival.

The acoustic guitar is the key instrument used for virtually all the music performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and America’s premiere acoustic guitar maker, The Martin Guitar Company, has always played an important role as collaborator, supporter and sponsor of the festival. This year Martin sponsored the Festival’s new main stage that will be used for many years to come.

In honor of the Philadelphia Folk Festival’s 40th Anniversary and Martin’s long term enthusiastic involvement in and support of this event, Martin is proud to announce the MPFF 40th Anniversary Commemorative Guitar. Designed with folk musicians in mind, the MPFF Limited Edition marks the revival of Martin’s "M" Model, a large, thin-bodied studio guitar inspired by the Company’s 1930s arch-tops.

Hand crafted entirely of solid woods, the MPFF 40th Anniversary Commemorative Guitar is a 14-fret M model with hybrid scalloped X-bracing. The back and sides are East Indian rosewood, and the top is Engelmann spruce. The neck is solid mahogany, and the African black ebony fingerboard is inlaid with style 42 snowflake pattern with the Philadelphia Folk Festival’s banjo logo inlaid in mother of pearl between the 3rd and 5th frets. "Philadelphia Folk Festival" in stylized lettering will be inlaid in mother of pearl between the 18th and 20th frets.

Each MPFF Limited Edition Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary Guitar will feature an interior label signed by Martin’s Chairman and CEO Chris Martin IV and by Festival Chairman David Baskin. A special secondary label will feature a printed panel of signatures of all of the artists who participated in this year’s event. Each guitar comes with a special blue jean denim covered Geib™ hardshell case. C. F. Martin & Co. will accept orders for the MPFF Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary Edition until March 18th, 2002.

After the order period closes, the size of the edition and the names of participating Martin dealers will be posted on the Martin website.

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