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Martin Guitars introduces John Renbourn Custom artist edition

Celebrating the long career of a fingerstyle guitar legend, C.F. Martin announce the introduction of the OMM John Renbourn Custom Artist Edition guitar at Summer NAMM 2011, Nashville TN, booth #1200.
For more than 40 years, Renbourn has remained a prominent fingerstyle guitarist, as a member of Pentangle in the late-1960s and early-1970s, as a solo artist in the 1970s and 1980s, and most recently as a collaborator with various artists. The Renbourn Artist Edition is inspired by Renbourn’s preference for orchestra model guitars and the original orchestra model guitar made by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1929.
The new instrument features a classic Martin Orchestra Model design made of solid premium tonewoods. The top is made of Italian alpine spruce, rare Madagascar rosewood on the back and sides, with a neck carved from genuine mahogany. An ebony headplate features a detailed unicorn inlay in abalone pearl, gold and white mother of pearl and Micarta, while the ebony fingerboard features a unique mother of pearl pentangle (five-pointed star) design.
The guitar is finished with a polished gloss lacquer finish with aging toner on the top to enhance its vintage style and is protected in a Geib-style hardshell case. Each of the limited edition custom guitars bears an interior label personally signed by John Renbourn and is numbered in sequence. Additionally, each guitar is equipped with Martin SP Lifespan phosphor bronze strings.
The guitar is one of several new models to be featured at 2011 Summer NAMM.
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