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Robb Design Portfolio: Highly Decorated

Michael Schulze

C.F. Martin & Co.’s 1 millionth guitar suitably marks the milestone. Beginning in 2002, inlay artist Larry Robinson spent two years laboring over what would become the most elaborately ornamented guitar in the company’s history. A Dreadnought model constructed of extremely rare Brazilian rosewood, the millionth Martin is a phantasmagoria of Victorian and Baroque embellishments crafted with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, aquamarines, fossilized ivory, abalone shell, pearl, and 18-karat gold.

This guitar is not for sale; Martin displays it at the company’s museum in Nazareth, Pa. However, the company is producing a limited edition of 50 instruments, dubbed D-100s, based on Robinson’s lavish design. Each of the guitars requires six months to build and is priced at about $110,000. Martin already has sold more than 25 of the instruments.

C.F. Martin & Co.

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