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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MARTIN GUITAR COMPANY • VOLUME 22 • JANUARY 2007

Bold Ideas & Proven Traditions Merge At Martin
Exciting New Acoustic Guitars Introduced At Anaheim NAMM Show

The Sounding Board

D-7 Roger McGuinn Special Edition Ditson 111 “Dreadnaught” Doobie-42 Tom Johnston Signature Edition

FeLiX III “Tie Dye” Limited Edition

Special Edition CSN Gerry Tolman Tribute

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Dear Sounding Board Readers,
Since our new Martin Guitar Museum and Visitors Center has

opened, we’ve had several grand openings and open houses: employees
and their families, friends of the Company, our vendors, members of the
music media, Nazareth neighbors, dignitaries of the Lehigh Valley, the
Martin Club of Japan, overseas distributors, Martin Owners Club
members, Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum (UMGF) members – the list
goes on and on. Most recently, an Artist Relations open house featured
live musical performances from a host of Martin friends that included
jazz guitar great Joe Beck, the Grammy Award winning duo of Cathy
Fink and Marcy Marxer, above, left to right Renaissance vocalist Annie
Haslam with legendary folk musicians Judy Collins and Tom Paxton.

It was particularly special to have Tom and Judy with us. When our
Sycamore Street factory first opened in 1964 (42 years ago!), Tom and
Judy christened the new facility with an unforgettable performance on
the loading platform. So now we’ve all come full circle! The only thing
missing was the live baby elephant that my father had brought in, I think
to reinforce the fact that we weren’t using ivory any more.

On a sad note, as we were about to go to press with this issue,
when we learned of the passing of our good friend and publicist, Ronnie
Lippin. For the past twelve years she has contributed so much to our
company and to us personally with her great character, enthusiasm and
style. We will certainly miss her.

Sincerely,

C. F. Martin IV

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The Sounding Board™
Volume 22 • January 2007

P U B L I S H E D B Y

The Martin Guitar Company
P. O. Box 329, Nazareth, PA 18064

Phone: (610) 759-2837
Fax: (610) 759-5757

www.martinguitar.com
E D I TO R

Dick Boak
[email protected]

C O N T R I B U TO R S

C. F. Martin IV
Marshall Newman

Len Jaffe
Nick Colesanti

Bill Bush
Chris Thomas

S P E C I A L T H A N K S TO

John Sterling Ruth Photography
John Woodland

Scott Follweiler, Jack Houser,
Donna Hunter & Lisa Sturm

© 2007 C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.
Nazareth, PA 18064 USA.

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In Memory Of
Ronnie Lippin

1947-2006
Our publicist

and very special friend.

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He played in several bands, slowly gathering the players
that would become the Doobie Brothers.

The Doobie Brothers’ 1971 self-titled debut album
went “Teflon” (Johnston’s word) but its second,
Toulouse Street, established the group as one of rock’s
best. Five “top ten” albums followed, including some
of the greatest ”Best of” compilations ever assembled.
In 1977, Johnston left the group to recover from a

serious medical problem and after recovering, stayed
away due to creative differences. Finally, in 1987, he
and the Doobie Brothers regrouped for a short tour in
support of Vietnam veterans and rediscovered their
musical magic. In the years since, the group has
recorded a hit single, “The Doctor,” released seven
impressive albums and toured regularly, thrilling old fans
and garnering new ones.

The Martin Doobie-42 Tom Johnston Limited Edition
features a solid Engelmann spruce top reinforced with
5/16" scalloped braces for tone and power, and solid
East Indian rosewood back and sides. The low-profile
neck is carved from genuine mahogany and measures a
comfortable 1-11/16" at the bone nut. The polished
headplate is made from East Indian rosewood, while
the 25.4” scale length fingerboard and belly bridge are
crafted from black ebony. The belly bridge holds a
compensated bone saddle and has a string spacing of
2-1/8”, perfect for both strumming and fingerpicking.

The guitar’s top is decorated with pearl
herringbone around the perimeter and

fingerboard extension, and a Style 45
rosette, also with a center ring of pearl
herringbone. On the headplate,
replacing the block letter Martin logo
normally found on a D-42, is the large
“Old Style” Martin gold logo decal above
the familiar Doobie Brothers winged
insignia, inlaid in mother of pearl and
abalone. The gold Waverly tuners with
butterbean knobs and Style 45
snowflake position markers are
traditional, but nestled at the 12th fret
is an eighth note inlaid in select
abalone. Johnston requested this
nonstandard inlay be placed
sideways, so when the guitar is in
playing position the note appears
upright, as it would on a musical
staff. The wings of the bridge bear
mirror images of the “OK” hand
symbol, as seen on the Doobie’s
Choice album cover; inlaid in

mother of pearl. “I wanted the
design to be nice and clean, while

expressing my personality,” says
Johnston, “and I really wanted for the

audience to be able to see that eighth note.”

For many, the Doobie Brothers provided the
soundtrack for the 1970s. The group’s catchy,
rocking, instantly recognizable sound evokes good
time memories even for those who weren’t old
enough to hear their radio hits – “Listen to the
Music,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Black
Water,” “Takin’ It to The Streets,” and “China Grove”.
As guitarist, singer and songwriter on most of the
Doobie Brothers’ chart-toppers, Tom Johnston had a
huge role in the group’s early success and is once again
its guiding force. The band has reunited, featuring the
core of the original lineup, and is back recording and
playing rock and roll as only the Doobie Brothers can.

While primarily an electric guitarist, Johnston has
long had an affinity for Martin acoustics. His personal
collection includes a 1962 00-18 and a 1975 D-45. The
00-18 has served as a songwriting tool for many classics,
most recently “People Gotta Love Again,” from the
Doobie’s 2000 CD Sibling Rivalry. This guitar also can be
heard on his first two solo albums, Everything You’ve
Heard Is True (1979) and Still Feels Good (1981). To
celebrate Tom Johnston’s nearly four decades of fine
music and to provide inspiration for even more, C. F.
Martin is pleased to introduce the Doobie-42 Tom
Johnston Limited Edition.

The Martin Doobie-42 Tom Johnston Signature
Model is based on the D-42, one of Martin’s most
beautiful deluxe Dreadnoughts. Along with
handsome St yle 42 st yl ing, the
Doobie-42 Tom Johnston Model
combines f ine tonewoods and
unique Doobie Brothers-inspired
appointments, making it a treat to
hear, see and play.

Tom Johnston’s own playing
began in his hometown of Visalia,
California, where an early interest in
the rhythm and blues of Litt le
Richard, Bo Diddley and James
Brown inspired him to get his first
guitar at age 12. He played a
range of st yles – from rock,
blues, and soul to Mexican
wedding music. While
attending San Jose State,
Tom played acoustic folk
blues and traditional flat-
picking st yles to make
money for living expenses
and for the “pure pleasure
of playing acoustically for
hours.” This is where the
“chunka chunka” rhythm
style found on songs such as
"Nobody,” "Listen to the Music,"
and “Long Train Runnin" were born.

You Can “Listen To The Music” on the Doobie-42
Limited Edition Tom Johnston Signature Model

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Bound in grained ivoroid throughout and protected by a
polished and beveled tortoise-color pickguard, the Martin
Doobie-42 Tom Johnston Limited Edition is finished in full gloss;
vintage toner on the top lends a classic patina. Factory-installed
electronics are available as an extra-cost option; left-hand
instruments may be ordered at no additional cost. The guitar will
be shipped in a unique hemp cloth-covered 545 Geib style case
with tobacco-color lining. Each Doobie-42 Tom Johnston Limited
Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Tom
Johnston, and numbered in sequence.

Johnston could not be more pleased with the guitar. He
says, “This guitar project is very exciting; first because Martin
asked me to work with them to create it — a distinct honor —
and second because I’ve played the newer D-42s and they
sound great. Martin has been making high quality guitars for
decades, and they are played by almost every top act you can
think of. It’s so exciting to be considered a part of that.” v

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The body of the exquisite Doobie-42 is trimmed with
delicate herringbone pearl, while the headstock bears the
Doobie Brothers winged logo. Bridge wings are also
inlaid with the “OK” hand sign in mother of pearl.

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Custom Shop

This one-of-a-kind Custom D-45 was specially made for
Mr. Tsunesaburo Kurosawa, who founded T. Kurosawa
& Co., Martin’s distributor in Japan (See Page 35).

See
The 000-18

Kenny Sultan
Custom Edition

(Page 24)
and

The OMC
Jacques Stotzem
Custom Edition

(Page 26)

Custom Artist
Editions

Blues guitarist
Kenny Sultan

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