2005 Martin OOOC Pegasus, Steve Miller Signature Custom – limited run from 2005, designed in collaboration with Steve Miller a long time Martin devoted customer, singer songwriter, and rock star. Like his previous Signature Editions, the 000C “Pegasus” derives its beauty and tone from spectacular tonewoods, elegant appointments and subtle (and not so subtle) design elements. The 000C Steve Miller Pegasus Signature Edition clearly is a guitar built for comfort. This true 000 features the short 24.9 in. scale, which lowers string tension and shortens the distance between frets. The rounded Venetian cut-away provides easy access to the entire fingerboard. The OM width fingerboard (1-3/4 in. at the nut) and low oval neck enhance fretting ease. A chrome strap button and factory-installed non-invasive Fishman Ellipse Blend System electronics contribute to stage or studio-readiness right out of the case. Superb solid tonewoods throughout result in impressive tone. The top of Engelmann spruce, prized for quick response and rich timbre, features Martin’s Hybrid scalloped bracing. The back and sides are crafted from solid quilted mahogany with lightly quilted figuring, while the neck is straight-grained genuine mahogany.
A colorful abalone pearl rosette surrounds the soundhole, while fine-pattern herringbone purfling encircles the top. The backstrip features the multi-colored Style 45 mosaic, in this case bordered with fine black fiber lines. Both back and sides are bound with grained ivoroid and accented with black/white/black line inlays. Both the heelcap and end piece showcase matching grained ivoroid, the latter framed with black/white/black line inlays.
The black African ebony fingerboard and headplate are bound with grained ivoroid and inset with black/white fine line inlays. The polished headplate showcases the exquisite “alternative” torch inlay, first used and abandoned in 1902, only to reappear nearly 100 years later on selected Martin Limited and Signature Editions (including Steve’s first limited edition models). In keeping with Miller’s preference, the fingerboard highlights the wood itself, unsullied by position markers or a signature.
The nut is genuine bone, while the compensated drop-in through saddle is crafted from Tusq, a synthetic material that imparts crisp, clear tone. The 000C Steve Miller Pegasus Signature Edition is finished with polished gloss lacquer on the body and neck. Vintage toner on the top gives the instrument a touch of “old Martin” patina. Delivered in a special Geib style hardshell case with black interior and black hard-ware, each 000C Steve Miller Pegasus Signature Edition bears an interior label personally signed by Steve Miller, Martin Artist Relations Manager Dick Boak, and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV. Each label will be consecutively numbered with the edition total. (#209 of 383)
Gorgeous Engelmann spruce top with some bear claw figures. The back and sides are a rich quilted mahogany that morphs as you turn it with the light. The guitar has a minor blemish below the sound hole (see pix)
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