Ahead of Winter NAMM 2018, Martin Guitars have announced the new Martin D-45 John Mayer Custom Signature Edition Acoustic guitar – we take a closer look at this extremely limited-edition model
The NAMM 2018 announcements are starting to filter through and we couldn’t be more excited about this brand-new John Mayer D-45 Signature acoustic guitar, which is limited to just 45 models!
The aptly titled Martin D-45 John Mayer Custom Signature Edition is the latest collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter, author, and producer who is now a household name. This new guitar honours the aesthetics and feel of one of Martin’s most prestigious guitars, the Martin D-45, whilst also offering up some new design features personally selected and designed by John Mayer.
The guitar virtuoso started his collaboration with Martin guitars back in 2003 with the release of his first signature edition, the OM-28 John Mayer which was praised by players everywhere. Next up was the highly successful Martin OMJM John Mayer which is still a mainstay in the Martin line of guitars followed by the 00-45SC John Mayer, and the 00-42SC John Mayer. This new signature Martin, his fifth is set to be his most sought after!
The Martin D-45 John Mayer Custom Signature Edition
This beautifully designed dreadnought guitar reintroduces one of Martin’s most prestigious guitars, the Martin D-45 and has been crafted with Guatemalan Rosewood back and sides and an Engelmann spruce top for a beautifully balanced tone.
In addition, the Martin D-45 John Mayer Custom Signature Edition has been finished with aging toner and forward shifted Adirondack X braces, for superior projection and resonance – this thing won’t just fly, it will soar!
This new Martin D-45 John Mayer Custom Signature Edition masterpiece was designed by John Mayer and expertly crafted by the master craftspeople in the Martin Custom Shop in Nazareth Pennsylvania, with each aspect painstakingly crafted and installed by hand such as the full thickness neck with hexagon inlays, bone nut and saddle, and gold open gear tuners.
A standard taper, genuine Mahogany neck is comfortable to play and the Abalone with Multi-Stripe inlays look stunning under the stage lights.
To finish off the guitar and add to the collectability of the guitar, the Martin D-45 John Mayer also features an interior label which has been personally signed by the 7-time Grammy Award winning artist and comes with a hard shell case for safety – you don’t get much cooler than that!
This extremely limited edition model is already completely sold out and will certainly become an instant collectors item!
Here’s what Chris Thomas, Martin’s Director of Marketing has to say about this highly limited guitar.
“It's a tremendous honour to be John's acoustic guitar of choice for nearly 20 years. As in the past, John remained very involved with the design and creation of this guitar, his fifth collaboration with Martin. The Martin D-45 John Mayer is the largest in John’s collection of Custom Signature guitars, and is sure to be a hit. Considering the robust sound and level of appointments on this instrument, along with the limited run signed by John, I expect them to be completely spoken for before the close of the NAMM Show in January. The Martin D-45 John Mayer model is exquisite, a very special guitar indeed. John is a songwriting, guitar-playing icon around the globe. It warms our hearts to know that we have been, in any way, a means by which his inspiration becomes a song.”