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C.F. Martin & Co. is celebrating a landmark milestone with their 175th anniversary! Last year, Martin unveiled a new booth accommodating intimate acoustic performances by Martin artists at the Winter NAMM show. Expect more artists, booth demonstrations and new guitars than ever before.
Be sure to stop by and check out all the new Martin Guitars models to be introduced at the 2008 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. HJ-38 STEFAN GROSSMAN CUSTOM EDITION
One of the world's foremost authorities on acoustic blues, Stefan Grossman has performed, recorded, taught, produced, transcribed and archived this classic American music for more than 40 years. However, Grossman's musical palette extends well beyond the genre for which he is best known, as he noted in choosing Martin's J (for Jumbo) body as the starting point for his namesake HJ-38 Stefan Grossman Custom Edition guitar.
Carefully selected premium tonewoods enhance the HJ-38 Stefan Grossman Custom Edition's big, versatile sound. Back and sides of beautiful Madagascar rosewood provide definition and depth akin to the rarer but prized Brazilian rosewood. The Sitka spruce top contributes rich, smooth tone. Carved from genuine mahogany, the modified "V" neck offers comfortable chording and plenty of room for picking pyrotechnics.
The handsome appointments on the HJ-38 Stefan Grossman Custom combine tradition with a bit of pizazz. The Golden Era® Style 45 rosette showcases a center ring of intensely colored paua abalone. The solid square tapered headstock features a polished headplate of Madagascar rosewood inlaid with "C. F. Martin" in abalone block letters and fitted with gold Waverly® tuners. The black ebony fingerboard highlights the rare "Wurlitzer" pattern of position markers in abalone pearl: Maltese cross at the 3rd fret, two slotted diamonds at the 5th fret, slotted square at the 7th fret, two slotted diamonds at the 9th fret, slotted square with cat's eye inlays at the 12th and 15th frets. Martin's flawless gloss lacquer finish on the body adds to the guitar's beauty: the neck's satin finish enhances player comfort.
Each Martin HJ-38 Stefan Grossman Custom Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Stefan Grossman and numbered in sequence, and each comes with a Geib® style hardshell case. Left-handed guitars may be ordered at no additional charge: factory installed electronics may be ordered as an extra-cost option. Authorized C.F. Martin dealers now are taking orders for this open-ended Custom Edition and participating dealers will be posted on the www.martinguitar.com