Martin Guitar To Celebrate 175th Anniversary At 2008 NAMM Show

Official Press Release - January 8, 2008

C.F. Martin & Co. is celebrating a landmark milestone with their 175th anniversary! Last year, Martin unveiled a new booth last year accommodating intimate acoustic performances by Martin artists at the Winter NAMM show. Expect more artists, booth demonstrations and new guitars than ever before.



Among Porter Wagoner’s most cherished accolades was his induction into the Grand Ole Opry in 1957. 2007 marked the 50th year that Porter performed with the Grand Ole Opry and with the assistance of Marty Stuart, C. F. Martin embarked on the creation of a D-41 Porter Wagoner Custom Edition to mark the anniversary and honor this fine man for his contributions to Country Music.

While handsomely appointed, the D-41 Porter Wagoner Custom Edition shows traditional Martin quality throughout. The premium solid tonewoods include a top of the finest Engelmann Spruce paired with back and sides of East Indian rosewood for deep, warm timbre and a low profile neck with diamond volute carved from genuine mahogany. The headplate is bound in grained ivoroid inset with fine black/white inlays, and is appointed with Gotoh gold open-geared tuners with matching gold butterbean knobs. The nut and compensated saddle are crafted from genuine bone.

Presented in a Geib® vintage style hardshell case, each Martin D-41 Porter Wagoner Custom Edition guitar features a special interior “Wagonmaster” label personally signed by Porter Wagoner prior to his passing. Marty Stuart, his friend and co-collaborator, has also personally signed the label each of which is numbered in sequence. Authorized C. F. Martin dealers are now accepting orders for the D-41 Porter Wagoner Custom Edition, participating dealers are listed on the Martin Guitar website, Although the special Porter Wagoner pickguard is available on right-handed models only, either left-handed or right-handed models may be ordered with the option of a standard Martin pickguard at no additional cost.

We are all tremendously saddened with Porter’s passing. It is our hope that his music and his memory will be preserved and commemorated in each of the special guitars that bear his name.

In Memory Of Porter Wagoner 1927-2007

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