C.F. Martin M-30 Jorma Kaukonen Custom Artist Edition
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After his friend David Bromberg let Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen play his Martin M-42 Signature, he knew he had to have one just "tweaked" for him and his playing style.
A 1996 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Jorma kept the same M body style (jumbo width, 000 depth and 25.4-inch scale) and went with a top made of rare Italian Alpine spruce with forward-shifted scalloped braces for a full, saturated tone and good dynamic range.
The top is paired with East Indian rosewood back and sides for a rich, warm bass and strong projection and good midrange and treble response by way of an enlarged soundhole. The extra wide modified V neck has a diamond volute and is carved from genuine mahogany. The guitar has a Style 45 rosette in select abalone pearl (with the inner ring eliminated) and encircles the large soundhole. There is also a polished and beveled Delmar tortoise-color pickguard.
The polished East Indian rosewood headplate frames the familiar "C. F. Martin" logo that arches over a slightly modified Martin "torch" inlay. Both are in abalone pearl with nickel Waverly tuners and oval ivoroid buttons completing the headstock.
Other niceties are an African black ebony fingerboard with Maltese "diamond and squares" position markers in abalone pearl and Maltese crosses or diamonds at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th frets, a square flanked by cats eyes at the 12th fret and a cats eye at the 15th fret. Each Martin M-30 Jorma Kaukonen Custom Artist Edition guitar is delivered in a vintage style Geib hardshell case, and bears an interior label personally signed by Jorma Kaukonen. C. F. Martin website: www.martinguitar.com
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