let friends play their Martin guitars. Credit David Bromberg for
bringing fellow guitar wizard Jorma Kaukonen back into the C. F. Martin
fold and inspiring the impressive new Martin M-30 Jorma Kaukonen Custom
“I played a gig with David Bromberg somewhere in
New Jersey and he brought along the prototype of his Martin M-42
Signature Edition,” recalls Kaukonen. “I played that guitar and
immediately fell in love with it. ‘When this guitar goes into
production, I’ve got to have one,’ I told him. ‘Done,’ he said. When I
got it, I loved it and I still do.” So much so, in fact, Kaukonen now
plays Martin acoustic guitars exclusively.
playing a loaned Martin Custom Shop M, Jorma began to really love
certain aspects of that guitar (which he calls the “M-5”) and decided
to combine specifications from it and the M-42 David Bromberg to create
the Martin M-30 Jorma Kaukonen Custom Artist Edition.
can appreciate Jorma’s selection of Martin’s M body style (jumbo width,
000 depth and 25.4” scale) for his Custom Artist Edition; it handles
everything from fingerpicking to flatpicking with ease. The M-30 Jorma
Kaukonen Custom Artist Edition features a top of rare Italian Alpine
Spruce and forward-shifted scalloped braces for full, saturated tone
and impressive dynamic range. The top is paired with East Indian
rosewood back and sides for rich, warm bass and strong projection, with
an enlarged soundhole for enhanced midrange and treble response.
Modified V neck with diamond volute is carved from genuine mahogany.
“As much as I love my Bromberg, my aging hands need a somewhat wider
neck. This works beautifully for my style of playing.”
a career that has spanned five decades, Jorma first went electric as
the lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane in 1965. The Airplane became
one of America’s most popular bands of the era, helping define the San
Francisco Sound with hits like “Somebody to Love,” “White Rabbit,” and
had eight Top 20 albums during his seven-year tenure. He also first
recorded his fingerstyle classic, “Embryonic Journey,” while with the
group. Jorma was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a
member of Jefferson Airplane in 1996.
left the Airplane, Jorma and longtime friend (and Airplane bassist)
Jack Casady joined forces in a side project: Hot Tuna. It began as a
duo playing acoustic blues and expanded to include additional
musicians, different genres, electric sets and original material. More
than 35 years and 25+ albums later, Hot Tuna is still going strong,
with Jorma, Jack and multi-instrumentalist Barry Mitterhoff mixing
acoustic and occasional electric performances.
also recorded 13 solo albums and in 2002 released “Blue Country Heart,”
an album of traditional country blues that received a Grammy Award
nomination for “Best Traditional Folk Album.”
1998, Jorma and his wife Vanessa established Fur Peace Ranch in the
rolling foothills of southeastern Ohio. Here guitarists of all styles
and skill levels stay, play and learn at workshops led by Jorma and an
impressive roster of top musicians. Fur Peace Ranch also hosts a
concert series throughout the year called “Live From the Fur Peace
Ranch.” This series is broadcast on the Ohio University NPR affiliate,
complement to its unique design, the Martin M-30 Jorma Kaukonen Custom
Artist Edition showcases handsome vintage Style 30 appointments, the
first time they have been used with the M body style and only the
second time they have appeared on a modern Martin. A Style 45 rosette
in select abalone pearl (with the inner ring eliminated) encircles the
large soundhole and a vintage-inspired polished and beveled Delmar
tortoise-color pickguard protects the top.
polished East Indian rosewood headplate frames an abalone pearl version
of the familiar “C. F. Martin” logo, which arches over a slightly
modified Martin “torch” inlay, also in abalone pearl. Nickel Waverly
tuners with oval ivoroid buttons complete the headstock. The African
black ebony fingerboard features rare Maltese “diamond and squares”
position markers in abalone pearl, with a Maltese cross at the 3rd
fret, two diamonds at the 5th fret, a square at the 7th fret, two
diamonds at the 9th fret, a square flanked by cats eyes at the 12th
fret and a cats eye at the 15th fret, and culminating in his “Jorma”
signature – no last name needed here - inlaid between the 19th and 20th
frets. Both the headstock and fingerboard are bound in grained ivoroid,
and inset with mitered black/white fine line inlays. Black/white fine
line inlays also accent the grained ivoroid heel cap and end piece.
nut, compensated saddle, pearl dot-topped bridge pins and endpin are
all crafted from bone. Aging toner on the top adds to the guitar’s
vintage vibe, and Martin’s polished gloss lacquer finish highlights the
beauty of both its tonewoods and appointments.
Martin M-30 Jorma Kaukonen Custom Artist Edition guitar is delivered in
a vintage style Geib hardshell case, and bears an interior label
personally signed by Jorma Kaukonen numbered in sequence without the
total, and a second interior label depicting his Fur Peace Ranch.
Left-handed guitars may be ordered without additional charge and
factory-installed electronics are an extra cost option. Authorized C.
F. Martin dealers will begin taking orders for the Jorma Kaukonen
Custom Artist Edition immediately and participating dealers will be
listed on the C. F. Martin website: www.martinguitar.com.