27 July 2007 — How can it be that C. F. Martin & Co. has never made a Travis Tritt Signature Edition — until now? Quite frankly, all of us here at Martin are baffled as well. Travis is a major country music star with five “No. 1” hits, 20 “Top 10” hits, 14 albums — half of which have gone platinum or multi-platinum — and two Grammy awards to his credit, has loyally loved and played Martin guitars for most of his career and even ordered a truly spectacular Martin custom D-45 when he and fellow country artist Marty Stuart were traveling together on their 1996 Double Trouble tour, yet somehow a namesake Martin Limited Edition didn’t materialize at that time.
Fortunately, Travis is a patient man and patience has its rewards. To celebrate Travis Tritt’s 25th anniversary in the music business, Martin is pleased to announce the HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition guitar.
The HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition blends a unique body configuration and rare tonewoods for superb playability and sound. The classic Dreadnought shape receives a rounded cutaway with the thinner “000” depth - exceptional premium tonewoods include an Adirondack (red) spruce top matched to 5/16” Adirondack braces — back and sides of rare Madagascar rosewood — special modified low oval neck with diamond volute carved from genuine mahogany.
Many of the appointments on the HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition are drawn directly from Travis’s personal custom D-45. The Style “45“ rosette, like the original, has a center ring of beautiful pearl herringbone. The polished and beveled black pickguard features a floral inlay in abalone pearl. Most spectacular of all is the genuine ebony fingerboard, featuring a colorful version of the Vine of Harmonics (created by Martin Artist Relations Manager Dick Boak) inlay in abalone pearl, mother of pearl and composite, culminating in Travis Tritt’s signature in mother of pearl between the 18th and 19th frets.
The HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Edition comes studio and stage-ready with factory-installed Martin Gold Plus® Natural 1 active electronics. Each instrument is delivered in a fitted Martin hardshell case.
Every HDC-40 Travis Tritt Limited Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Travis Tritt and numbered in sequence with the edition total. Authorized Martin dealers will begin accepting orders until the cutoff date of September 24, 2007, after which the edition quantity and the names of participating dealers will be posted on the Martin website.