The most recent addition to my guitar collection (Martin D 35 – Johnny Cash Commemorative)

It will come as no surprise to anyone that knows me that I am a huge Johnny Cash fan.  I’m also a big fan of guitar in general so I’m pretty excited about my most recent addition to my guitar collection.

I’ve been toiling over what high-end guitar to buy for the past few months, I had eyed the Johnny Cash Signature Martin D 35 a few months ago but dismissed it due to hefty price tag.

Fast forward a few months and as luck would have it, I am now (at least once it’s delivered) the proud new owner of one.

To give a little history of the guitar, Johnny Cash of course was the rebel of his day – also known as “The Man in Black”.  Of course with such a title comes an image to uphold and what better accessory than his guitar of choice, the Martin D 35.  (Which he played and toured with for 20 years).

Back in those days Martin was not interested in building a black guitar as it was considered too radical.  Johnny Cash however was idolized all over the world, and one such place was Nazareth PA (USA) where this guitar was built.

The guys on the floor loved Johnny so much that they would build his custom black guitar secretly in the shop while the boss was away – they would hide it when he was on the floor.  Finally the guitar was finished and delivered – Johnny was pleased.

Fast forward a few weeks and the then boss (I believe) CF Martin (II) was sitting home watching Columbo on TV when he noticed Johnny Cash playing this Black Polished Martin. The story goes he was so delighted to see the guitar on television that all was forgiven.

Martin released this replica to commemorate Johnny Cash’s unmatchable contribution to music.
The guitar
http://namm.harmony-central.com/SNAMM06/Content/Martin/PR/D-35-Johnny-Cash-.html

2 comments on “The most recent addition to my guitar collection (Martin D 35 – Johnny Cash Commemorative)

  1. Jeff (no, the other one) says:

    Congrats on your new instrument.

    I’m dreaming of a vintage Gibson J-45, one day.

    Greatest vintage Martin I know of is the one I saw years ago. Marty Stuart has a pre-war D-45, first owned by Hank Williams Sr., who passed it to Hank Jr., who later traded it to Johnny Cash. Cash had a nameplate with CASH tastefully inlaid on it, as well. Sure, celebrity ownership adds nothing the sound, but it certainly would drive the re-sale value way up on what’s already a Holy Grail guitar…

  2. shane says:

    J-45 is wildly popular, it’s the second model (maybe 3rd – J-200) that I was considering. In the end, I just could not let go of the Martin. The Johnny Cash tie didn’t help :)

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