Martin Announces The OM Jeff Daniels Custom Artist Edition Acoustic Guitar
C. F. Martin & Co. is pleased to introduce a very
special Custom Artist Edition Guitar, the OM Jeff Daniels, designed
in collaboration with the award-winning film and stage actor who
next stars in the lead role in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming HBO series
In 2001 Daniels started playing a 1934 Martin C-2 archtop whose
broken top had been replaced with a soundboard of Adirondack
spruce, in effect converting it into an Orchestra Model (OM). That
guitar became Daniels' constant companion in the studio and on
stage and it became the template for the Martin OM Jeff Daniels
Custom Artist Edition. The model draws inspiration from the
tonewoods and appointments of Daniels' original guitar but with
some unique accents suggested by the man himself. The back and
sides are rare Madagascar rosewood, the top is Adirondack spruce
reinforced with 1⁄4-inch scalloped Adirondack spruce bracing, the
modified V neck with long diamond volute is carved from genuine
mahogany, and the fingerboard and belly bridge are crafted from
black ebony. Instead of the usual "natural" finish, the top of the
OM Jeff Daniels Custom Artist sports a rare and extraordinarily
beautiful 1932 shaded finish. Also extraordinary are the neck and
fingerboard inlays. A Madagascar rosewood headplate provides the
backdrop for a Golden Era style "C. F. Martin" block letter inlay
in abalone pearl that replicates the original version on the Martin
C-2. Special long pattern diamond and square abalone pearl position
markers on the fingerboard lead to happy/sad theatrical mask inlays
in mother of pearl at the 12th fret, which Daniels says fits an
"My new OM looks great and it has terrific balance all the way
up the fretboard," said Daniels. "I'm noticing a solid low end that
my original 1934 C-2 seems to lack. I remember striving for that
element when we were specing it out, so mission accomplished! I've
passed it around among several guitar playing crew members on set
and everyone is impressed with the sound right out of the box -
acoustic guitar heaven."
The acclaimed actor has always had a passion for music and over
the past decade, Daniels has taken his passion public with five
albums of impressive, mostly self-penned songs and occasional tours
that demonstrate that he is every bit as talented behind a
microphone as he is in front of a camera.
"We all know that Jeff Daniels is a talented actor, but I was
unaware of what a tremendous musician, songwriter and guitarist
Jeff Daniels is," said Chris Martin IV, CEO of Martin Guitar. "It
is obvious that playing guitar is a very important part of his
life. We are greatly honored at the opportunity to collaborate with
him on this special project."
Each Martin OM Jeff Daniels Custom Artist Edition guitar is
delivered in a vintage-inspired Geib style case and bears a
distinctive interior label personally signed by Jeff Daniels and
numbered in sequence.
"I am the lucky soul that got to work directly with Jeff Daniels
over the past few years on this great little Orchestra Model
guitar," said Dick Boak, Director of Museum and Archives, Special
Projects for Martin Guitar. "Like a Pegasus, it was reborn from an
old 1934 Martin C-2 archtop into a stunning fingerstyle instrument.
There are so many songs and stories buried inside this model, but
the best part for me is getting to know this amazing person. Thank
Authorized C. F. Martin dealers are currently taking orders for
the OM Jeff Daniels Custom Artist Edition. MSRP $4,999.
Participating dealers are listed on the C. F. Martin
About Martin Guitar
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been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175
years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and
features that have become industry standards including X-bracing,
the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size.
One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin
guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a
combination of new design and techniques along with those
introduced by the company founder.
The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular
acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™
line - the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the
Martin SP line - which uses an industry leading core wire to hold
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