Martin Guitar Company celebrates this giant of country with a truly unique guitar: the D-35 Ernest Tubb Commemorative Edition.
To his many fans, Ernest Tubb was, is and always will be the Texas Troubadour, and the D-35 edition guitar honors that title with its undeniable stage appeal. In this model, Martin blends rare tonewoods, distinctive construction, Lone Star State appointments and advanced electronics for a guitar that sounds great and looks even better.
The Ernest Tubb Commemorative Edition guitar combines a top of rare Italian alpine spruce -- highly prized for unrivaled beauty and dynamic range - with unscalloped 1/4" Sitka spruce top braces. The three-piece back features a center wedge of rare, pre-CITES certified Brazilian rosewood, flanked by Indian rosewood wings and encompassed by bookmatched Indian rosewood sides. The body's premium solid tonewoods are complemented by a solid mahogany low profile neck with a diamond volute and a Brazilian rosewood headplate.
Tubb's Texas roots shine in this model's ornamentation. Distinctive brown/white wood half-herringbone "rope" purfling and tortoise-colored binding border the top, with white/black purfling and tortoise binding gracing the back. The famous "C. F. Martin" decal on the headplate is positioned above a unique longhorn cattle skull inlay in bone and mother of pearl. The black African ebony fingerboard -- 1 11/16" wide at the nut - features unique select green pearl Style 42 inlays, but with a silhouette of Texas at the 5th fret and a Texas "Lone Star" at the 9th fret. Ernest Tubb's signature is inlaid between the 18th and 20th frets in mother of pearl.
The green of the fingerboard inlays is matched by green mosaic back strips. The headstock, neck and back are accented with tortoise-color binding and mitered white/black inlay, matched by similar accents at the end piece and heelcap. Tortoise-color inlays top the white bridge pins. Vintage toner on the top contributes to the instrument's classic look, enhanced by a polished and beveled tortoise-color pickguard, Style 45 rosette with blue Paua shell inlay, gold Waverly tuners with butterbean knobs, Martin stamp on the back of the headstock and a polished gloss lacquer finish.
True to its stage heritage, the D-35 Ernest Tubb Commemorative Edition guitar comes with factory installed Gold+Natural II electronics. A special leatherette-covered Geib style hardshell case also is included. A 1935 Sunburst top may be ordered for an additional charge.
Only 90 D-35 Ernest Tubb Commemorative Edition guitars will be built, marking the 90th anniversary of Tubb's birth. Each guitar will bear a special interior label signed by Ernest Tubb's nephew and songwriting collaborator Talmadge Tubb, and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV. In addition, each guitar will be numbered in sequence with the edition total. Martin dealers may order this model until the edition is sold out, after which the names of participating Martin dealers will be posted Martin's website.List Price $4499.00.