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C. F. Martin & Co. Announce NEW Clapton's Choice™ Guitar Strings

ec strings"When I play acoustic guitar, whether in a studio or on stage, these Martin Strings are my choice. They deliver the sound that I demand." - Eric Clapton

Nazareth, PA - August 15, 2005 - C.F. Martin and Company is proud to introduce the first sets in a new line of Artist Choice acoustic guitar strings, Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze. The Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze guitar strings have a distinctively clear, warm tone with a hint of brightness that can highlight the subtleties of any player's style. Live or in the studio, these strings deliver the kind of performance expected by Eric Clapton.

These new acoustic guitar strings are available in light and medium gauged sets and were inspired by guitar legend Eric Clapton who has worked with Martin on five signature guitars. The first limited edition in honor of Eric Clapton was the 000-42EC. Introduced a decade ago in 1995, the signed and numbered 461 guitars sold out within days. Since that collaboration, Martin has also presented the extremely popular Vintage Series 000-28EC stock model. Eric Clapton has also been honored with Martin's 000-42ECB and 000-28ECB Limited Editions - each crafted from the finest Brazilian Rosewood. In 2004, Eric Clapton and Hiroshi Fujiwara collaborated on Martin's 000-ECHF Bellezza Nera, one of the most stunning looking and sounding limited editions in Martin history.

With the introduction of these guitars and his increased time playing Martins, Clapton noted the superior strings that Martin manufactures for its superbly crafted instruments. The Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze is the result.

The Phosphor Bronze Light, MEC-12 Light, is ideally suited for auditorium, orchestra models, and other smaller body sized guitars and fingerstyle playing. The Phosphor Bronze Medium, MEC-13 Medium, is excellent for longer body guitars and popular for flat picking and strumming. These two new 6-string sets have a suggested retail price of $13.75 each.

Clapton's Choice Guitar Strings will be available through all authorized Martin Guitar dealers and other music retailers after October 1st, 2005.

D-28 Special Walk the Line - Original Motion Picture - Limited Edition

Throughout Johnny Cash's career he always played Martin guitars. (he almost exclusively played the D28 and D42 models). In 1996 Martin Guitars produced a very limited edition D42-JC, a black D42 guitar. Only 80 D42-JCs were produced, and Martin & Co. gave #1 to Johnny Cash. The remaining 79 guitars were distributed on a special order basis to Martin dealers throughout the world.

To commemorate the Wind-up Records release of the original cast recording for “Walk The Line” chronicling Cash's life, Martin has created a limited production run of the Martin D-28 Special "Walk the Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" Limited Edition. The guitar is a black D-28, labeled inside with the following:

"To commemorate the release of Walk the Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. In memory of Johnny Cash 1932-2003".

The production run has been limited to only 12 units, and number 1 is to be presented to Joaquin Phoenix (the actor playing Cash in the film). The remaining 11 guitars will be given away through a variety of exclusive contests.

Walk the Line

He came into the world a sharecropper's son, but he lived the life of an outlaw king. He was the bold voice of rebellion, the man in black who forever changed the face of rock and roll. He was Johnny Cash.

Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® nominee Joaquin Phoenix stars as the inimitable Cash in the film WALK THE LINE, the fiery story of a man who turned a life of pain and promise into a musical legacy that stirred millions. Golden Globe nominee Reese Witherspoon stars as June Carter, an entertainer in her own right and the woman who would forever change Johnny’s life.

Walk the Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features performances by Phoenix and Witherspoon in addition to several notable cast members / musical talents, including Grammy® Award-winning country and blues artist Shelby Lynne, who makes her feature debut as Johnny Cash's mother, Carrie Cash; alternative country/rock artist Shooter Jennings, son of country legend Waylon Jennings, who portrays his father in the film; recording artist and record producer John Carter Cash, Johnny and June's youngest son, who plays Memphis deejay Bob Neal; rock and blues artist Waylon Payne, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis; and singer/songwriter Tyler Hilton, who plays Elvis Presley.

Music direction is by T Bone Burnett, the renowned blues musician who produced scores for "Cold Mountain" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Soundtrack available on Wind-up Records beginning Tuesday November 15, 2005

Film opens in North America on Friday November 18, 2005.

Where's FeLiX? Back At Martin, Of Course!That Wonderful Cat Teams Up With Martin For Another Wonderful FeLiX Limited Edition Guitar

felix106Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 20 - Jan. 2006

This new special version of Martin’s Little Martin LXM features all new Felix The Cat graphics from the studio of Don Oriolo, renowned artist, composer, arranger and son of Felix’s co-originator, Joe Oriolo.

It also includes an assortment of Felix “case candy” including a special red “laughing Felix” pick backed with the distinctive C. F. Martin & Co., Felix The Cat and Don Oriolo logos. In addition, a colorful miniature comic book is included featuring Felix’s band (“Felix & The Cats”) on the cover playing both of the Martin Felix Edition guitars.

In keeping with Felix’s keep-em-guessing personality and penchant for tricks, Don and fellow artist Jen Henning have created a hilarious “Where’s Felix! “ motif for the top graphics. Over 100 miniature Felix figures in various poses are depicted, but with only one Felix holding a red Martin pick (and good luck finding it!). A “laughing Felix” on the black headstock under the C. F. Martin & Co. scroll logo completes the graphics.

Each guitar comes with its own high quality black travel gig bag with embroidered Felix logo. And, each guitar is personally signed by Don Oriolo and Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin IV.

The overall result is a striking and irresistible companion to the first Felix edition. Fun. Colorful. And if it’s anything like its predecessor, very collectable. The first edition of 756 guitars sold out quickly, and the Felix II, limited to no more than 625 guitars, is expected to do the same.

Since the early 1900s when he first pawed his way into the homes and hearts of kids everywhere, Felix The Cat has remained one of the most enduring and endearing cartoon characters in history. To his legions of fans worldwide, however, Felix is more than a nostalgic piece of Americana – he’s an attitude, a philosophy of fun and sly wit, a faithful friend who can always be counted on for a chuckle and a surprise.

We think he’s the perfect spokescat for one of Martin’s most fun and versatile instruments.

The Felix II Little Martin combines a compact “0” tenor–shaped body with an adjustable, modified low oval 14-fret neck and a 23” scale. And while it is an ideal guitar for travel, practice or student use, it is still very much a Martin in tone and quality, built with state-of-the-art technology and materials.

The top, back and sides are constructed of black HPL (high pressure laminate) materials for durability; the top and back are reinforced with Sitka spruce braces for tone. The easy to play neck is constructed of Stratabond multi-ply wood laminate and features a black Micarta fingerboard, bridge, nut and saddle. Quality Gotoh “Cosmo Black” tuning machines imprinted with the CFM logo are used to hold the genuine Martin phosphor bronze strings (absolutely no cat gut is used).

POW MIA Edition Honors Sacrifice For America''To Those We Have Lost, You Are Not Forgotten.''

pow106POW MIA Guitar model specifications

One of the most difficult things to do is to say goodbye to a loved one, a friend, or anyone else who has been a special part of your life in one way or another. Can you imagine what it must be like for a family to not know the fate of a loved one?

“To those we have lost, you are not forgotten” is the theme that inspired a small group of Martin employees to design an instrument dedicated to the families of American servicemen and women who were held in captivity or are still missing in action - the POW MIA Dreadnought Special Edition Model.

This classic 14-fret Martin Dreadnought is crafted of premium, solid tonewoods - mahogany back and sides and Sitka spruce top with scalloped "hybrid" bracing. The body is finished in elegant black polished lacquer.

To contrast the black top, the soundhole is surrounded with a single ring of standard paua shell inlay. White Boltaron binding is used to outline and protect the top and back edges; the side inlay consists of thin black-white-black fiber. A Style 45 thick black mosaic backstrip joins the two-piece back.

The POW MIA modified low oval 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 pins and endpin. In addition, the solid, square-tapered headstock is fitted with Gotoh chrome tuners with large knobs.

The truly touching appointments of the POW MIA Dreadnought Special Edition relate to the block, headplate and black ebony fingerboard. The laser engraving on the block reads “POW MIA All Gave Some, Some Gave All.” In addition, the POW MIA flag with the slogan “You Are Not Forgotten” is displayed below the raised silver foil “C. F. Martin & Co.” logo on the black ebony headplate. An eagle with a waving, eightstar flag is inlaid in mother of pearl at the 1st fret of the fingerboard. This eagle with flag design was created by Martin employee Matthew Rinker as a lasting tribute to his father Barry Rinker. Barry Rinker was a dedicated Martin employee for 35 years and was very proud of both his service to our company and to our country. He was a United States Marine Corps Sergeant from 1963-1967 who served in Vietnam from 1964 to 1965, and his name was inscribed on the wall of honor for deceased veterans from Pennsylvania's Lehigh and Northampton counties. The eight stars on the flag symbolize Barry's unexpected death on the 8th day of the 8th month (August) 2002.

The POW MIA theme is further exemplified in the fingerboard with additional mother of pearl inlays: P O W from the 3rd to 5th frets, a small fivepointed star at the 6th fret, M I A from the 7th to 9th frets, double tear drops at the 12th fret, a single tear drop at the 15th and 17th frets and the Prisoner of War ribbon is suggested in colored pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. The Prisoner of War Medal and ribbon were issued only to those United States military personnel who were taken prisoner and held captive after April 5, 1917.

Delivered in a specially designed United States flag-themed case with black hardware, each Martin POW MIA Dreadnought Special Edition bears an interior label signed by Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin IV and is numbered in sequence. In addition, a stainless steel bracelet will be sent to the original owner upon completion of the Martin warranty. POW MIA bracelets were first worn during the 1970s to draw attention to the prisoners and missing in action during the Vietnam War. They were engraved with the name, rank, service, loss date and country of loss. The bracelet accompanying this guitar will be engraved as follows:

Ring of Fire - The Johnny Cash Musical Show

From the songs and stories of a true legend, now comes a theatrical and musical experience that will lift your heart and stir your soul. Ring of Fire is a journey into the heart and heartland of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical poets -- Johnny Cash.

In Ring of Fire, a remarkable cast of performers and musicians take us on a rousing adventure of love and faith, struggle and success -- all with the strength, humor and downright honesty that made Johnny Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music.

Martin Guitar has partnered with the Ring of Fire musical to offer you a chance to win your very own Martin DM. If you live in the New York City Metro Area or plan on being in New York City on Thursday, May 11th, you can enter to win.

For more details and your chance to enter to win the Ring of Fire sweepstakes, go

Good Luck!

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