Steve Miller has been a busy man in the four years since Martin introduced his 00-37K SM and 00-37K2 SM Signature Edition guitars. Two CDs, "King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents the Steve Miller Band" and "Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits," were released, and Steve wrote the forward to "Martin Guitar Masterpieces," Dick Boak's handsome book on Martin artist editions, limited editions and custom guitars. There were also extensive concert tours including 2004's headlining at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Beal Street Blues Festival, and the Aspen Jazz Festival, among others.
Along the way, Steve found time to collaborate with Martin on the design of a new Martin guitar: the 000C Steve Miller Pegasus Signature Edition. Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology, is Miller's personal logo and appears on many of his albums and custom instruments.
A Martin devotee with more than 40 years on the rock and blues music scene, Steve Miller appreciates superb sounding, easy playing, understated guitars. Like his previous Signature Editions, the 000C "Pegasus" derives its beauty and tone from spectacular tonewoods, elegant appointments and subtle (and not so subtle) design elements.
The top of Engelmann spruce, prized for quick response and rich timbre, features Martin's Hybrid scalloped bracing. The back and sides are crafted from solid quilted mahogany with lightly quilted figuring.
The 000C Steve Miller Pegasus Signature Edition is a guitar built for comfort. This true 000 features the short 24.9" scale, which lowers string tension and shortens the distance between frets. The rounded Venetian cutaway provides easy access to the entire fingerboard. The OM width fingerboard (1 3/4" at the nut) and low oval neck enhance fretting ease. A chrome strap pin at the heel of the neck and factory-installed non-invasive Fishman "Ellipse Blend" electronics contribute to stage or studio-readiness right out of the case.
The polished headplate showcases the exquisite "alternative" torch inlay, first used and abandoned in 1902, only to reappear nearly 100 years later on selected Martin Limited and Signature Editions (including Steve's first editions models). In keeping with Miller's preference, the fingerboard highlights the wood itself, unsullied by position markers or a signature.
Delivered in a special Geib style hardshell case with black interior and black hardware, each 000C Steve Miller Pegasus Signature Edition bears an interior label personally signed by Steve Miller, Martin Artist Relations Manager Dick Boak, and Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV. Each label will be consecutively numbered with the edition total. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each 000C Steve Miller Pegasus model will support The Snake River Alliance, an Idaho-based community organization working through research, education, and community advocacy for peace and justice, the end of nuclear weapons production activities, and responsible solutions to nuclear waste and contamination.
Authorized Martin dealers will take orders for the 000C Steve Miller Pegasus Signature Edition for a limited time. Following completion of the order period, the edition total and names of participating dealers will be posted on the Martin website.