Martin Guitar Introduces D-28M, the Mamas and the Papas Custom Artist Limited Edition
October 25, 2011
|C. F. Martin & Co. is proud to announce the introduction of the new D-28M The Mamas and The Papas Custom Artist Edition (MSP $4999). The guitar pays tribute to the enduring musicianship, songwriting and vocal harmony of The Mamas and The Papas and is inspired by a vintage Martin D-28 that provided much of the rhythmic underpinning for hits such as “California Dreamin’” and “Monday, Monday”. The edition will be limited to no more than 100 special instruments.
The new Custom Artist Edition is a 14-fret dreadnought crafted of rare premium tonewoods. The top is made of Carpathian spruce, solid Madagascar rosewood on the back and sides, with a neck carved from genuine mahogany. An ebony head plate features The Mamas and The Papas’ silhouettes inlaid in solid mother of pearl directly above the nut. Each guitar is equipped with MSP7200 medium gauge phosphor bronze SP Lifespan strings.
The model is finished with a polished gloss lacquer with a vintage-inspired aging toner and is protected in a Geib-style hardshell case with cabernet interior. Each of the limited edition custom guitars bears two interior labels; one label, signed by C. F. Martin IV and Michelle Phillips, the last surviving member of The Mamas and The Papas, bears a background motif inspired by the Roulette Records “Words of Love” single and the other label is a photograph by rock photographer Henry Diltz with the imprinted signatures of Cass Elliot, John Phillips and Denny Doherty. Each of the 100 limited edition instruments is numbered in sequence and will feature Martin Strings.
“I have guitar number one in my hands,” said Michelle Phillips, “and it is absolutely beautiful!”