Martin D-28CWB Clarence White
Adirondack / Brazilian Rosewood
2003 Commemorative Edition "Clarence White" Dreadnought with Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides and Adirondack Spruce Top (142 of 150)
"Spectacular bluegrass picking, fiery country/rock leads, and hot acoustic licks made Clarence White a legend before his untimely death in 1973 at age 29. Some 25 years after his passing, White's brilliance with a flatpick continues to awe, influence and motivate a new generation of guitar players.
Just 81 D-28s were built by Martin in 1935 and White's guitar had already received one modification before his family purchased it for the then-teenage Clarence in 1959. Apparently wood around the soundhole had been badly chipped from heavy picking, and someone simply cut away the damaged area and additional wood all the way around, resulting in an oversized soundhole. The fingerboard also had been cut into, and the White family replaced it, allowing the repair shop to use a bound fingerboard without position markers from another brand of guitar to save money. White used this D-28 primarily as a rhythm instrument during his years with the Kentucky Colonels - the influential bluegrass group he founded with his brother Roland - and sold it in 1966, but it remains the acoustic guitar most closely associated with him.
In 1973, the guitar was purchased by one of White's most talented flatpicking disciples: Tony Rice. In the nearly 30 years since, Rice has showcased his picking mastery - both lead and rhythm - on everything from bluegrass to jazz, with White's old D-28 serving as his primary instrument on stage and in the studio until relatively recently.
The new Martin D-28CWB Commemorative Editions blends premium tonewoods, Golden Era® construction, and the original's distinctive appointments. The resulting instrument captures the clarity, power and balanced timbre White found advantageous in his guitar.
The D-28CWB features a bookmatched top crafted from rare solid Adirondack spruce, prized by luthiers for its clear, powerful tone. The hand-scalloped top braces are also Adirondack spruce, including the 5/16-inch X-braces, forward shifted for full, deep resonance. On the D-28CWB, rare pre-CITES-certified solid, bookmatched Brazilian rosewood has been selected for the back, sides and matching headstock overlay. The 1 11/16" (at the nut) modified V-shaped neck, with solid, squared headstock and vintage-style elongated diamond volute, is carved from genuine mahogany. True to the White's D-28, the D-28CWB features an oversized soundhole and Style 28 rosette without the innermost inlay ring. Likewise, the top and back are encompassed by traditional Style 28 appointments: fine pattern herringbone purfling and grained ivoroid binding around the top, black/white wood fiber purfling and grained ivoroid binding around the back, and a zig-zag back inlay strip separating the wood that comprises the back. The heelcap and endpiece also are grained ivoroid; the latter framed by black/white wood fiber inlays. A special replica tortoise pattern beveled and polished pickguard completes the body appointments.
The old style C.F. Martin decal on the polished headstock enhances the traditional aura of this instrument, as do the nickel Waverly™ tuners with butterbean knobs. The distinctive black ebony fretboard emulates the one on White's guitar; bound in mitered grained ivoroid and without position markers, it extends slightly below the top edge of the soundhole. The matching black ebony bridge has a through saddle, and both saddle and nut are crafted from genuine bone for optimal tone. Additionally, the D-28CWB features an aging toner-tinted top, with a polished gloss lacquer finish on the body, and a satin finish on the neck for a true vintage appearance.
Finally, the Martin D-28CWB Commemorative Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Clarence White's daughter, Michelle White Bledsoe, and Martin Chairman and CEO C.F. Martin IV. The D-28CWB is numbered in sequence with the edition total. Due to the rarity of Brazilian rosewood, only 150 D-28CWB Clarence White Commemorative Edition guitars are being produced."
This 2003 D-28CWB (#914314) is in near mint condition with essentially no playing wear and only a couple of very minor finish blemishes. Its sound and playability are superb, and the gorgeous Brazilian rosewood is beautifully bookmatched.
This guitar includes its original deluxe Geib style archtop hardshell case