Martin Introduces New Jeff Tweedy Custom Artist Edition
March 19, 2012
C. F. Martin & Co. is pleased to introduce a very special Custom Artist Edition, the 00-DB Jeff Tweedy, designed in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning Wilco front man, Jeff Tweedy. The guitar will be unveiled at Musikmesse, which is taking place in Frankfurt this week. This special limited edition instrument will be built for 2 years only and will be available from participating Martin dealerships, a list of which will be provided on the Martin website at www.martinguitar.com
The 00-DB Jeff Tweedy Edition was inspired by one of Jeff’s many love worn Martins. It is a traditional 14 fret 00 size guitar with a deeper body for fuller sound and a modified V shape neck with long scale (25.4”). The top, back, and side of the guitar are all constructed from 100% FSC certified mahogany and it features a unique mahogany sunburst top inspired by a Martin Museum piece Tweedy has long admired. The interior label of each instrument is personally signed by Tweedy and numbered in sequence. The guitar is Martin’s first Custom Artist model that is 100% FSC Certified, an important distinction for both Tweedy and Martin.
Tweedy acquired his first Martin in 1998 while recording Mermaid Avenue Volume 1, a collaboration with British folk singer Billy Bragg, setting original music to song lyrics by the truest of American icons, songwriter Woody Guthrie. For it, Tweedy wanted an instrument reflective of the time in which Guthrie was writing and recording music, so he purchased a 1930’s Martin 018. Since then, Tweedy’s collection has grown to include dozens of Martins including the latest addition, the first 00-DB Jeff Tweedy.
“It has been such a privilege to work with Martin to design this guitar,” said Tweedy. “The shape and the aesthetic are based largely on my favorite go-to Martins that I have been using for years to write and record music. It is a huge honor to have my name associated with an instrument of this caliber.”
“Jeff Tweedy has carried the torch of acoustic songwriting to an exciting place in contemporary music. He is a remarkable ambassador for Martin and has bridged generations of fans” said Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin & Co. “It is a pleasure to work with such a talented artist and to see this partnership reach a new level with the 00-DB Jeff Tweedy model.”
Wilco formed in the mid-‘90s by singer-songwriter-guitarist Jeff Tweedy. The band’s most recent release, The Whole Love, is the third album by the band’s current lineup, which solidified in 2004 when guitarist Nels Cline and guitarist/keyboardist Patrick Sansone joined Tweedy, founding bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche, and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen. Together, they released Sky Blue Sky in 2007 and the Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) in 2009. The Whole Love captures the vibrant energy the band brings to its renowned live performances. It earned a 2012 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rock Album. Wilco have previously won two Grammy Awards for their 2004 release A Ghost Is Born. Jeff Tweedy won a Grammy award as producer for Mavis Staples 2010 album You Are Not Alone.