Martin Guitars and John Mayer have a long relationship that has resulted in some fantastic guitars.  The original Stagecoach guitar, which was the real life manifestation of the imaginary “Cowboy Stagecoach” guitar Mayer had been dreaming about, was such a hit that the limited edition and highly ornate instrument sold out immediately.  Now, there’s a new Stagecoach, and we’re taking pre-orders now.   While it’s a little less fancy, but still every bit as nice, it should prove to be one of the best Mayer signature models yet.  MAP price is $7,999.

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From Martin:

The 00-42SC The John Mayer Stagecoach Edition

A Traditional But Exquisite 12-fret Grand Concert In Beautiful Cocobolo


John Mayer has been busy since he introduced the Martin 00-45SC John Mayer Stagecoach Edition – his imagined “stagecoach cowboy guitar,” bedecked with gorgeous blue Paua pearl inlay throughout – at the National Association Of Music Merchants Show in January 2012. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner put the finishing touches on Born and Raised, his fifth album. Released in May, Born and Raised became Mayer’s third album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard “Top 200” list, a position it held for two weeks. The album also garnered rave reviews and produced two singles: “Shadow Days” and “Queen of California.” Plans for a North American concert tour were derailed by a recurrence of vocal problems that silenced Mayer early in the decade, but while receiving treatment and resting his voice, he played guitar for vocalist Frank Ocean on “Saturday Night Live,” at the “Love for Levon” concert honoring the late Levon Helm and on tracks for legendary pianist Chuck Leavell’s next album. As for the Martin 00-45SC John Mayer Stagecoach Edition, the very limited edition of 25 guitars sold out almost instantly. Both fans of John Mayer and fans of pearl-inlaid 12-fret 00 Martins – among the company’s rarest instruments were disappointed. Fortunately, after nearly a decade of collaboration on various guitars, John Mayer and C. F. Martin & Co. were happy to join forces again to create a second “stagecoach guitar,” one slightly less ornate, and while still premium, more affordable and able to be produced in numbers sufficient to meet demand (more on John Mayer’s earlier collaborations with Martin and his remarkable career can be found in The Sounding Board, Volumes 15 and 20, archived online at The new Martin 00-42SC John Mayer Custom Signature Edition is that guitar and in both looks and sound – it’s spectacular.

Like its older sibling, the 00-42SC John Mayer Custom Signature Edition features the unique, extraordinary Style 45+ blue Paua pearl top inlay, including inlays along the fingerboard extension that extend seamlessly into mitered joins at the rosette, which in turn completes a full 360° arch across the finger- board below the 18th fret. Blue Paua pearl also is showcased on the “CF Martin” block letter headplate inlay and on the Golden Era Style 42 custom snowflake fingerboard inlay. The solid tonewoods are equally sumptuous. Like the original Stagecoach Edition, the back and sides of the 00-42SC John Mayer Custom Signature Edition are beautiful, dense cocobolo, renowned for its complex bass, generous midrange, clear trebles, and uncommon power and sustain. The scalloped-braced premium grade Sitka spruce top – the “best of the best” from Martin’s tonewood stockpile – provides warm, direct tone and quick response. The combination gives this guitar a big, articulate voice ideal for fingerstyle playing and nearly as impressive flatpicked. The 1 7/8-inch (at the nut) Modified V neck with square slotted headstock and diamond volute is carved from genuine mahogany and accented by a cocobolo headplate. Both the fingerboard and traditional pyramid bridge are black ebony. Other appointments are classic and elegant. Fine black/maple/black wood fiber purfling accent the back, sides, endpiece and heel cap. Grained ivoroid body, neck and headstock binding define a motif continued in the grained ivoroid endpiece and heelcap. The back is bisected by colorful Style 45 purfling highlighted with thick black fiber borders. Blue paua dot inlays accent the bridge pins and end pin, and serve as neck binding position mark- ers. A bone nut, compensated drop-in bone saddle, engraved Waverly® brass tuners with iv- oroid knobs and a teardrop faux-tortoise Del- mar pickguard enhance the vintage-inspired tone and style. Polished gloss lacquer finish protects the guitar and lets its beauty shine. Each 00-42SC John Mayer Custom Signature Edition bears an internal label that is per- sonally signed by John Mayer. The guitar is delivered in an embroidered Custom Shop 00 12- Fret hardshell case with silver hardware and satin embroidered top overlay. A left-handed version of this guitar may be ordered at no additional charge and factory-installed electronics are an extra-cost option. Authorized C. F. Martin dealers are now ac- cepting orders for the 00-42SC John Mayer Custom Signature Edition. Additional information can be found online at the Martin website:

MODEL: 00-42SC John Mayer Stagecoach Edition

CONSTRUCTION: Dovetail Full Gloss, Hide Glue Construction Complete

BODY SIZE: Grand Concert 00 12-fret TOP: Adirondack Red Spruce, Premium Grade

ROSETTE: Blue Paua, Three Ring – Style 45 Contiguous Three Ring Inlay in Blue Paua on Fingerboard Surface Blue Paua Inlay Along Side Edge of Fingerboard Is Mitered Directly Into The Rosette Ring (See Photograph)

TOP BRACES: Adirondack Red Spruce, Hand-Scalloped by Dale Eckhart 1⁄4″ Width, Golden Era® Contouring

BACK: Cocobolo (Rosewood) – 2 Piece, Sanded to .095”

BACK PURFLING: Style 45 Golden Era with D18 Inlay on Each Side

CAUTION STAMP: None, “C. F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA” Laser Etched Between 2nd and 3rd Back Braces

BLOCK TO READ: (Laser Etched Martin Logo) (Custom Shop Lasered Logo) Serial Number (John Mayer Lasered Signature)

SIDES: Cocobolo (Rosewood), Sanded to .065”

RIBBON: Spanish Cedar END PIECE: Grained Ivoroid with Style 45 Blue Paua Inlay, Mitered

BINDING: Grained Ivoroid With Style 45 Blue Paua Inlay Black/Maple/Black Wood Fiber Inlay

SIDE INLAY: Style 45, Blue Paua, Black/Maple/Black Wood Fiber Inlay

BACK INLAY: Style 45, Blue Paua, Black/Maple/Black Wood Fiber Inlay

NECK: Solid Spanish Cedar

NECK SHAPE: Modified V Shape With Diamond Volute

TRUSS ROD: Two Way Adjustable

HEADSTOCK: Slotted Square Tapered With Square Slots “C. F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA” Stamp on Back of Headstock

HEADPLATE: Solid Cocobolo with Alternate Torch Inlay in Blue Paua

HEADSTOCK BINDING: Grained Ivoroid with Maple/Black Wood Fiber

HEELCAP: Grained Ivoroid NUT: Genuine Bone (On The Flat)

FINGERBOARD: Genuine Black Ebony






SIDE POSITION DOTS: White, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, double at 12th, 15th, 17th

FINGERBOARD BINDING: Grained Ivoroid, Mitered

FINGERBOARD INLAYS: Style 45 Snowflakes in Blue Paua

FINISH BODY: Polished Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Dark Filler

FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

FINISH NECK: Polished Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer Complete #144 Maple Stain with Dark Filler

BRIDGE: Genuine Ebony Straight Pyramid Bridge


SADDLE: Genuine Bone, Drop In Saddle, Compensated, 16” Radius

TUNING MACHINES: Waverly Sloane Brass Engraved Side Mount with Small Ivoroid Buttons

STRINGS: MSP-7100 Light Gauge Phosphor Bronze SP Lifespan

BRIDGE & END PINS: Genuine Bone with Select Abalone Pearl Dots

PICKGUARD: Delmar® Nitrate Tortoise, OM Teardrop, Polished & Beveled CASE: Embroidered Custom Shop 00 12-Fret Hardshell Case with Silver Hardware and Satin Embroidered Top Overlay

INTERIOR LABEL(S): Personally Signed By John Mayer Numbered In Sequence With Total (1 of 25, 2 of 25, etc.)

NO CHARGE OPTIONS: Lefthanded At No Additional Charge

CHARGED OPTIONS: Various Sunburst Top Finish Options, Onboard Electronics


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