Martin donates Outlaw Dreadnaught to benefit Bluegrass Trust Fund – Updated

Cf Martin and the IBMA have teamed up to offer a new CS-Outlaw-2017 guitar at auction, with all proceeds going to the Bluegrass Trust Fund whose mission is to assist members of the professional bluegrass community in emergency financial need.

The guitar is a new limited edition model, with a run of only 100 anticipated. It is essentially a mahogany copy of Martin’s famed herringbone D-28, the holy grail for bluegrass guitarists. It is built with an Adirondack spruce top, utilizing Martin’s Vintage Tone aging system and hide glue contrsuction, just like the old days. The top bracing is forward shifted, again like the old herringbones.

The retail value of the CS-Outlaw-2017 is $6999, and since the proceeds are going to the Trust Fund, the value of the winning bid will be tax-deductible to the new owner.

eBay is hosting the auction, which is open until Thursday at 10:00 p.m. The current bid is $3150, as of Monday morning. Full details about the guitar, including additional photos and the terms of the auction, can be found online.

Make a bid to purchase this fine instrument as a tax-deductible donation, and know that you will be helping a bluegrasser at a difficult time.

UPDATE 10/4 – Thanks to the keen eye of Boston grasser David Moultrup, IBMA has revised the wording on this eBay auction. It turns out that only any value in excess of the guitar’s suggested retail price can be tax-deductible. They have added this text to the listing.

We have just learned that the purchase of this guitar will NOT be considered a tax-deductible donation as noted in the details above. We apologize for this error and any confusion. Based on this information, you may withdraw your bid. However, please know that your purchase of this guitar is still a deeply valued contribution to the Bluegrass Trust Fund and will help others in our community in a time of emergency need.

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