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Martin JC Buddy Guy Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The JC Buddy Guy Blues Guitar combines Martin's J (Jumbo) body style -- like the Martin Buddy has played at acoustic concerts in recent years -- with a cutaway for big sound and easy access to the upp... Click To Read More About This Product

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The JC Buddy Guy Blues Guitar combines Martin's J (Jumbo) body style -- like the Martin Buddy has played at acoustic concerts in recent years -- with a cutaway for big sound and easy access to the upper frets. The Sitka spruce top is reinforced with 5/16" scalloped braces for clear tone and impressive dynamic range. The sides and Style 35 three-piece back are richly colored East Indian rosewood. The low profile 1-11/16" (at the nut) neck is carved from genuine mahogany.

But it is the appointments that really set the JC Buddy Guy Blues Guitar apart. Buddy likes polka dots on his guitars, and polka dots he got. The unique rosette features three five-ply black/white rings, the inner two flanking a ring of turquoise composite dots. Turquoise composite dot inlays also accent the black ebony belly bridge and the ebony bridge pins. The black ebony fingerboard provides the palette for a random "splash" of turquoise composite polka dots. Buddy Guy's "BG" initials serve as the position marker at the 12th fret, while mother of pearl dots, bordered in turquoise, mark the 5th, 7th, 9th and 15th frets. The black ebony headplate showcases the block letter "C. F. Martin" logo, also inlaid in turquoise composite.

This guitar showcases extraordinary purfling, even for a Signature Edition Martin. The top features seven-ply, differential width black/white purfling while the back is encircled by five-ply black/white fine line purfling. Black/white purfling accents the sides, endpiece, heelcap, headstock and fingerboard. To show off the purf ling to best advantage, the guitar is bound in grained ivoroid throughout: body, neck and headstock. A gloss finish on the body highlights the purfling; the neck sports a satin finish for playing comfort.
The JC Buddy Guy Blues Guitar is factory equipped with Fishman VT electronics. To simplify "on the fly" adjustments in the tradition of electric blues, the volume and tone knobs are mounted on the top, just below the bridge and the polished and beveled black pickguard. Delivered in a Geib style hardshell case, each Martin JC Buddy Guy Blues Guitar bears an interior label individually signed by Buddy Guy and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV and is numbered in sequence with the edition total.


Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body size: J-14 Fret Cutaway
Top: Adirondack Spruce
Rosette: Turquoise dots w/Black Micarta
Top bracing pattern: Special Jumbo Bracing Pattern
Top braces: Scalloped 5/16''
Back material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back purfling: Style 35
Side material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top inlay style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Side inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Back inlay: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Neck material: Select Hardwood
Neck shape: Low Profile
Nut material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Diamond/ SquareTaper
Headplate: Solid Black Ebony /C.F. Martin Block- Turquoise
Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid with Black/White Boltaron
Fingerboard material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale length: 25.4
# of frets clear: 14
# of frets total: 20
Fingerboard width at nut: 1 11/16''
Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2 1/8''
Fingerboard position inlays: Turquoise Polka Dot Pattern w/ BG Inlaid at 12th Fret
Fingerboard binding: Grained Ivoroid
Finish back & sides: Polished Gloss
Finish top: Polished Gloss
Finish neck: Satin w/ Polished Headplate
Bridge material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge style: Standard Belly
Bridge string spacing: 2 1/8''
Saddle: Compensated White Tusq
Tuning machines: Gotoh Chrome w/ Large Ebony Knobs
Recommended strings: Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
Bridge & end pins: Black Ebony w/ Turquoise Dots
Pickguard: Black
Case: 580 Geib style
Interior label: Signed by CFM IV & Buddy Guy
Electronics: Fishman Gold Plus VT
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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

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Best Acoustic Ever

By Jon

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This is definately the best acoustic I've ever played. The sound of this guitar is the BEST of any Martin guitar I've played. If you are a Buddy fan with a couple of thousands to spend then get this guitar and you won't ever buy another.

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