Seth Avett model from C.F. Martin

Seth Avett with his signature model Martin guitar Martin has introduced a signature model guitar for Seth Avett, one half of the wildly popular rock/bluegrass aggregation, The Avett Brothers.

It’s based on the D-35, with some special appointments. The traditional 35 style 3-piece back is Indian rosewood, with a figured koa center wedge. Winter-harvested Swiss spruce is used for the top, with x-bracing and herringbone trim and rosette.

The most striking feature is the three custom snowflake fingerboard inlays, made of copper, which extend beyond their individual fret spaces.

Seth tells us that the guitar is just what he wanted.

D-35 Seth Avett model Martin“This is the kind of guitar I would pick up and play in a shop and immediately start trying to figure out how I could justify buying it. The materials are hand-picked, every single instrument is made to order, the bracing is hand-carved. It’s exactly what I hoped it would be, a highly solid-playing guitar that somehow retains an element of elegance and structural composure despite the bashing I give it on a nightly basis.”

Additional photos and specs can be found on the Martin site.

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