There are few musicians that can be instantly recognized by their first name alone and a smaller number yet by simply hearing a few notes. Norman Blake is such a musician. He has blazed the path for many fans of acoustic music to discover the fine art of flat-picking through rare song gems, highly original compositions and solid instrumental playing.
Martin is very pleased to once again partner with Norman in the creation of the Norman Blake Special Signature Edition 000-18 guitar.
The Norman Blake Special Signature Edition 000-18 guitar shares many of the same appointments as the previous models as well as the comfort of a "000" size body and the world-famous Martin tone. the 000-18 Norman Blake Special Signature Edition will feature the standard "000" (14-fret) body with a 12-fret neck, Italian Alpine Spruce top, a "00" model Golden Era style rosette (decreased soundhole size), back and sides of genuine mahogany, body and top finished in a polished high gloss, and the top is left natural with no aging toner added to the finish.
The neck is satin-finished and crafted from genuine mahogany. The genuine black African ebony fingerboard is adorned with long-pattern abalone diamonds and squares. The headstock is the Martin traditional solid square design (an alteration from the previous two models which featured the slotted style) with an East Indian rosewood headplate, large size Golden Era® decal, C. F. Martin & Co. stamping on the back and premium Waverly #4073 nickel-plated tuners with ivoroid butterbean knobs. The guitar is protected in a custom-sized vintage Geib style #532C hardshell case. Electronics are optional at an additional cost, though left-hand versions are available at no extra charge.
Each 000-18 Norman Blake Special Signature Edition will be personally signed by Norman Blake, numbered sequentially (without total) and sold on an ongoing basis. Authorized Martin dealers will begin accepting orders for the new Norman Blake Special Signature Edition 000-18 immediately. Specifications and details can be found on the Martin website
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