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Martin Guitar Continues its Year-Long Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Iconic Martin Dreadnought with Two New Models at 2016 Summer NAMM

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 901) – To continue the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Martin Dreadnought, the most copied body size in the world, Martin Guitar has announced two new Dreadnought models that will be debuting at the 2016 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, TN June 23rd through June 25th. The new guitars featured include the D-1 Authentic 1931, which closely replicates the very first Martin branded Dreadnought made in 1931, and the CS-Bluegrass-16, a Dreadnought model limited to 100 guitars and inspired by the pre-WWII D-28 "Herringbone" Martin guitars that have long been acknowledged as the timeless workhorses for country and bluegrass music.

The award-winning documentary "The Ballad of the Dreadnought" narrated by award-winning actor and musician Jeff Daniels will be shown daily at 2:00 pm for NAMM attendees in Music City Center, room 205. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Also on display will be the LE Cowboy 2016, a truly unique instrument limited to models sold in 2016 and is crafted from a solid Sitka spruce top with Vintage Tone System (VTS) with beautiful cowboy-themed artwork painted by renown painter William Matthews. After owners register their guitar they will also receive a special package including a copy of Matthews’ hardcover book, "Working the West" and a feature length DVD "Drawn to Paint."

"It is such an honor to collaborate once again with Martin Guitar on the LE Cowboy Guitar, 2016 Edition," says William Matthews. "Tapaderos are the stirrup covers of a Spanish saddle, and are symbolic of the rich Buckaroo culture of the Great Basin in Nevada, where I have painted for many years. I feel that the painting and headstock inlay design perfectly enhance the craftsmanship of Martin's Custom Shop. I am very proud of this partnership and I know this guitar will be appreciated by guitar enthusiasts everywhere."

Details on the products to be featured at the 2016 Summer NAMM Trade Show are captioned below and complete product specs can be found online.

  • D-1 Authentic 1931: Based off the very first Martin branded Dreadnought, this 12-fret Dreadnought remains true to its origins with hide glue construction, Vintage Gloss finish, Adirondack spruce top with Vintage Tone System (VTS) and mahogany back and sides which will appeal to a wide range of players and musical styles with its well-balanced tone. In keeping with original tonewoods, CITES Certified Brazilian rosewood is selected for the headplate, fingerboard, bridge and end piece. (MSRP: $6,999)
  • CS-Bluegrass-16: The CS-Bluegrass-16 is a beautiful Dreadnought that is limited to only 100 fine instruments. Classic styling, such as herringbone top inlay with large soundhole and antique top toner, grained ivoroid binding, and ebony fingerboard and bridge are combined with an Adirondack spruce top with Vintage Tone System (VTS), Guatemalan rosewood back and sides and hide glue construction to give bluegrass players the tone and volume they desire. (MSRP: $7,999)
  • LE Cowboy 2016: A truly unique instrument that is limited to models sold in 2016 and is crafted from a solid Sitka spruce top with Vintage Tone System (VTS) and adorned with artwork by William Matthews. Artist William Matthews is widely known for his beautiful watercolor portrayals of the working cowboys from the great ranches of the American West. This auditorium 12-fret body with quilted mahogany back and sides, grained ivoroid binding, a modified low oval neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge and cowboy-themed artwork carried through on the headstock will make this a guitar of choice for collectors and players alike. All registered LE Cowboy 2016 guitars will receive a book "Working the West" and DVD "Drawn to Paint." Orders for the special edition LE-Cowboy-2016 model will be limited to those received during the 2016 calendar year. (MSRP: $4,999)

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