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Johnny Cash's Martin Guitar 

Martin Honors Johnny Cash With Limited Edition D-42JC
Signature Model Guitar

Nashville TN. July 11, 1997 Johnny Cash, one of country music’s most distinctive figures, and the Martin Guitar Company are proud to introduce the D-42JC Johnny Cash Limited Edition Signature Model, a collaboration between the respected “Man In Black” and Martin. The Johnny Cash Limited Edition Guitar will be available from Martin dealers throughout the world. The edition will be limited to a maximum of 200 guitars, each numbered in sequence and personally signed by Johnny Cash and C.F. Martin 4, Martin’s Chairman and CEO. Johnny Cash, the youngest Performer ever inducted into the Country Hall Of Fame, and also in the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Although he starts every concert with the words “Hello I’m Johnny Cash” this is one artist who needs little introduction. Cash is one or the most recognizable and respected figures in country music and is acknowledged to be one of the biggest stars the industry has ever produced. Throughout his long career, Johnny Cash has shown tremendous loyalty to Martin guitars. His favorite include the first Black Martin Guitar ever made, Cash custom D-35 made in 1989.

He also plays a Martin Bicentennial Limited Edition (#375) a custom D-45 made in 1982 and signed by both C. F. Martin #3, and C.F. Martin #4. The Johnny Cash D-42JC Signature Model is the first al black limited edition guitar ever offered by Martin. Hand-crafted entirely of solid woods, this D-42JC is a 14-fret dreadnought with high performance, forward-shifted scalloped X-bracing. The tree piece black is made of East Indian Rosewood with Martin style 45 multi-colored back inlay strips. Hank Williams/Johnny Cash D-45 inspired the neck shape. The fingerboard is genuine ebony and is inlaid with abalone stars, delicately bordered with mother of pearl. The rosette and the perimeter or the body is bordered with highly colorful style 42 abalone pearl inlay. Johnny Cash’s signature will be inlaid between the 19th and the 20th frets. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Johnny Cash Limited Edition Guitars will be donated to the Carter Family Memorial Center.

The Johnny Cash D-42JC Signature Model
First All Black Limited Edition Guitar Ever Offered By Martin 

A native of Kingsland, Arkansas, Johnny Cash began playing the guitar and writing songs in the 1950’s while serving in the Air Force. His Hits include such favorites as “I Walk The Line”  “Folsom Prison Blues” and “A Boy Named Sue” Widely known for his prison performances and songs, Cash has won three Grammy Awards. He married to a singing partner June Carter. Martin Guitar dealers will begin to take orders for the Johnny Cash Limited Edition Guitars immediately though due to heavy demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not appear in stores until early 1998 as with all Martin guitar, the construction process takes both time and expertise. The Martin Guitar Company dates back to the 1830s when Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. moved to the United States from Europe. The guitar shop he set up over 160 years ago has been continuously family owned and operated. Current Chairman and CEO, Chris Martin #4 is the sixth generation Martin to head this venerable company.   


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