The Nashville Sound

Ja­son Is­bell sig­na­ture joins Mar­tin’s Sum­mer launches

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Mar­tin an­nounced a brace of new mod­els ahead of the re­cent Sum­mer NAMM show, and in ad­di­tion to the pre­vi­ously an­nounced third Ed Sheer­han model, Amer­i­cana man Ja­son Is­bell gets his first sig­na­ture in the shape of a cus­tom D-18. Is­bell has been tour­ing with cus­tom Au­then­tic se­ries mod­els with the VTS treat­ment to their tops for a while now. This is the Vin­tage Tone Sys­tem – Mar­tin’s method of tor­refac­tion that ages the top wood to achieve some of the char­ac­ter of a vin­tage gui­tar. The Is­bell model’s top is Adiron­dack spruce, known for a richer low end, with ma­hogany back and sides. Is­bell has opted for a thin fin­ish and no pick­guard to make this gui­tar louder. “Grow­ing up with my grand­dad and his broth­ers and their Martins, who­ever had the loud­est gui­tar al­ways had the best,” he says. “So I wanted to make the loud­est D-18 we could make.” A cus­tom in­lay of one of his tat­toos at the 12th fret like his own Martins adds the per­sonal touch. The only rub? It’s five grand.

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