Trey Anastasio Gets a Martin Signature Cutaway Model

Most people know Trey Anastasio as the electric guitar wizard of Phish, the jam band that garnered a huge and devoted audience during 20 years of music making. But those who have followed his solo career know him as an equally adept acoustic guitarist. Both in concert and on record, Anastasio has used an acoustic to create rich musical landscapes. Now he has joined forces with C.F. Martin to create an acoustic guitar worthy of his name: the Martin DC Trey Anastasio Signature Edition.
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A Dreadnought body with a smoothly curved Venetian cutaway allows for easy access to the upper frets. Solid tonewoods yield an exceptionally clear, full tone, enhanced with a top of rare Italian alpine spruce, East Indian rosewood sides and a three-piece back with "wings" of East Indian rosewood and a center wedge of beautifully flamed Hawaiian koa. A 1-11/16" (at the nut) low profile genuine mahogany neck provides playing comfort. Distinctive appointments include a flamed Hawaiian koa headplate with eye-catching headstock and fingerboard inlays. It's a practical guitar that looks and plays as good as it sounds, and it is offered in two configurations: either with Fishman's acclaimed onboard Ellipse Blend System that delivers superb live and recorded sound, or for the more traditional player, without the onboard electronics package.

Martin's mortise and tenon construction and 5/16" "Hybrid" scalloped bracing give the DC Trey Anastasio Signature Edition solid feel and tone. Fine herringbone encircles the top, an understated complement to the Style 45 rosette with its center ring of colorful paua shell. Multicolored Style 45 mosaic back strips add to the drama of the back tonewoods, while the grained ivoroid binding, end piece and heel cap are accented with black/white line inlays.

Both the headstock and the fingerboard are similarly bound in grained ivoroid and accented with back/white inlays. The koa headplate provides the backdrop for a unique Style 45 C.F. Martin block letter inlay in black micarta. The black ebony fingerboard features the distinctive diamonds and squares abalone pearl inlay first seen on a 1922 00-42 Martin made for the Wurlitzer Company: 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 with cat's eyes at the 12th fret and a cat's eye at the 15th fret. Trey Anastasio's signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 18th and 20th frets. The belly bridge is also crafted from black ebony, as are the buttons on the Schaller gold mini tuners.

Martin's traditional attention to detail shows in the bone nut, compensated Tusq drop-in saddle, vintage hue top, polished gloss body and headplate finish, polished and beveled tortoise color pickguard, and white bridge and end pins with abalone dots (gold end pin jack on Ellipse model).

Packed in a vintage-inspired Geib style hardshell case, each DC Trey Anastasio Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Trey Anastasio and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV, and numbered in sequence with the edition total. Authorized C. F. Martin dealers will take orders for the DC Trey Anastasio Signature Edition until September 23, 2005. The edition total and the names of participating dealers then will be posted on the Martin website.

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