The Man In Black

The story be­hind Cash’s black Martin

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While it’s a Martin OM-28 (Johnny’s daugh­ter Roseanne Cash’s sig­na­ture model) that John Carter Cash says is the go-to acous­tic in the Cash Cabin Stu­dios, there’s a bat­tered black D-35 used through­out the Amer­i­can Record­ings ses­sion in res­i­dence, too. Cash was the first artist to play a black Martin, though it wasn’t an easy sell at the time. “He called them and Martin said, ‘We don’t do black Martins,’” ex­plains John. “So he found the number for a luthier on the floor and called them: ‘Hello. This is Johnny Cash…’ [Laughs] What are you go­ing to do? Tell him ‘No’? So the luthier [made him one and] used shoe pol­ish to make it black!”

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