Widely acclaimed as one of the leading singer/songwriters of his generation, Jeff Tweedy is an amazing performer whether he is backed by the mighty Wilco or just playing solo acoustic. Jeff’s a guitar guy. Really meticulous and has really good taste in his choices. So naturally we are excited to see and hear his new Martin signature acoustic guitar. MAP price will be $2,399 including hardshell case. Follow the jump for the official Martin press release.
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. 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.”
Model: 00-DB Jeff Tweedy
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint Body Size: 00-14 Fret
Top: FSC® Certified Mahogany
Rosette: Three Ring
Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ‘’X’’ Scalloped Top Braces: FSC® Certified European Spruce Back Material: FSC® Certified Mahogany Back Purfling: Black
Side Material: FSC® Certified Mahogany Endpiece: Tortoise
Endpiece Inlay: none
Top Inlay Style: Black/White
Side Inlay: None
Back Inlay: None
Neck Material: FSC® Certified Mahogany Neck Shape: Modified V
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: FSC® Certified Mahogany
Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
Scale Length: 25.4’’
Number of Frets Clear: 14
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4’’
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4’’
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Foden Style
Fingerboard Binding: None
Finish Back & Sides: Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss Mahogany Sunburst
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Black Richlite
Bridge Style: Straight w/Drop-In
Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16’’
Saddle: 16’’ Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Nickel Open Gear w/Butterbean Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan (MSP7100) Bridge & End Pins: Black
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: Hardshell – Molded