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“The two millionth guitar is complicated, particularly because it incorporates an actual watch into the design. But once you’re excited, you sort of put aside the hurdles that you have to jump over. RGM was a perfect fit because they’re in Pennsylvania and still make fine handcrafted watches in Pennsylvania.” — C. F. Martin IV, Chairman & CEO
The two millionth guitar will feature a D-45 style body, with the back and sides constructed from Brazilian rosewood. The top is crafted from highly-figured bearclaw Engelmann spruce. But by far the most intriguing aspect of the guitar is the use of a watch motif to mark the milestone, replete with decorative gears, guilloché, a process of cutting geometric patterns into metal, decorative turnings and a working watch embedded within the headstock. In order to bring this idea to life, Martin recruited the help of one of America’s most notable watchmakers, Roland Murphy of RGM (rgmwatches.com). Chris Martin IV, Chairman and CEO of Martin Guitars, instantly saw the value in what RGM brought to the table.
The only way to 2,000,000 of anything is to learn how to make one — but to learn how to make that one exceptionally, exceptionally well. — Tuning the Harmony of Time | Martin Guitar’s 2 Millionth Mark Martin Journal of Acoustic Guitars Vol. 7
Two Millionth Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint Body Size: Dreadnought 14-Fret Top: Highly-Figured Bearclaw Engelmann Spruce Rosette: Aluminum Guilloché Engraved Top Bracing Pattern: Forward Shifted X Scalloped Top Braces: Adirondack Spruce 5/16” Back Material: Brazilian Rosewood Back Purfling: None Side Material: Brazilian Rosewood Endpiece: Birdseye Maple Endpiece Inlay: Multi-Stripe Binding: European Flamed Maple Top Inlay Style: Multi-Stripe Side Inlay: None Back Inlay: Multi-Stripe Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany Neck Shape: Modified V Nut Material: Bone Headstock: Solid/Long Diamond/Square Taper Headplate: Brazilian Rosewood Heelcap: Birdseye Maple Fingerboard Material: Black Ebony Scale Length: 25.4” Number of Frets Clear: 14 Number of Frets Total: 20 Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4” Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8’’ Fingerboard Position Inlays: Paua Pearl Watch Theme Inlay Fingerboard Binding: European Flamed Maple Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss Finish Top: Polished Gloss Finish Neck: Polished Gloss Bridge Material: Black Ebony Bridge Style: Modern Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/32” Saddle: Compensated Bone/16” Radius Tuning Machines: Stainless Steel Open Gear w/ Rose Gold Guilloché Engraved Buttons Recommended Strings: Martin Titanium Core Light Gauge (MTCN160) Bridge & End Pins: Liquid Metal Pickguard: None Case: Aluminum Case with Built-In Hygrometer Interior Label: None Electronics: None Other Options: None Other Comments: Specifications are Subject to Change Without Notice