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FOR AUCTION IS A RARE LIMITED EDITION MARTIN SIGNATURE SERIES GUITAR MODEL 000-CBD. RARE DION "THE WANDERER" LIMTED EDITION SIGNED GUITAR #42 OF ONLY 57 PRODUCED. THIS GUITAR WAS ISSUED BY MARTIN ON JANUARY 17, 2002 AND IMMEDIATELY SOLD OUT BY DEALER PRE ORDERS AND NOT FOUND IN ANY RETAIL GUITAR STORES THERAFTER. THIS IS FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND WAS PURCHASED FROM THE ORIGINAL OWNER. IT'S IN REAL LIGHTLY USED CLEAN CONDITON. GUITAR IS BLACK AND YOU CAN LOOK AT THE PHOTOS AND CLOSE UP PICTURES. THIS GUITAR WAS SPECIALLY PRODUCED TO DION'S SPECS AND HAS FACTORY INSTALLED ELECTRONICS BY PLUGGING INTO THE BASE OF THE GUITAR. IT IS CONSIDERED ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC. PLEASE GO TO THE MARTIN WEBSITE AND CLICK ON LIMITED EDITION SERIES AND CLICK ON 000-CBD TO READ THE SPECS AND TYPE OF WOODS AND ELECTRONICS USED ON THE RARE GUITAR. THIS IS A SAMPLE OF WHAT THE MARTIN WEB SITE SAY'S ABOUT THIS RARE GUITAR IN THEIR SALES LITERATURE DATING 2002:    In honoring Dion and his music, Martin is proud to present "The Wanderer" Dion Signature Edition Model. Designed in close collaboration with Dion, the 000CBD guitar features a 14-fret, 000 body, long scale, with a rounded Venetian cutaway for easy access to the upper frets. "I wanted a guitar that would work well on stage and in the studio," says Dion. "I think the mid-size 000 offers the best of both – it’s got that great Martin acoustic sound for live dates and it’s very balanced for recording." Dion also specified the Martin GoldPlus® Natural II active transducer system, which makes this model instantly adaptable for stage and studio use.

The instrument is meticulously crafted of premium, solid tonewoods – mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top with scalloped "hybrid" bracing, and a genuine mahogany low profile neck. Body and neck are finished in black polished lacquer. "I think black is definitely a very cool color for a rock n’ roll guitar," Dion adds.

To contrast the black top, the soundhole is surrounded with a single ring of blue paua shell. Black Boltaron® binding, with contrasting heavy white/black Style 21 top inlay, is used to outline and protect the top and back edges; the side inlay consists of thin black-white-black lines. A colorful Style 45 mosaic backstrip joins the two-piece back.

A ramped belly bridge of black African ebony is inlaid with two small abalone doves on each bridge wing to symbolize Dion’s deep religious faith. Other black appointments include black bridge pins (and endpin) with abalone pearl dots, black Micarta® saddle and Corian® nut, ebony heelcap, black Boltaron® end piece with thin white inlay, and large ebony buttons on Schaller M-6 chrome tuning machines.

One of the most stunning features of "The Wanderer" guitar is the headplate. Crafted of prized African ebony, it is carefully inlaid with the New York City skyline and Dion’s signature, both in pearl. The skyline symbolizes Dion’s pioneer stature in New York’s rock n’ roll music history. A raised silver foil C. F. Martin scroll logo and clear polished finish complement the inlays. (A poignant sidenote: The skyline headplate inlay had been designed long before the tragic events of September 11, and had originally included "The Wanderer" rather than Dion’s signature. After the tragedy, Dion asked that "The Wanderer" inscription be replaced with his signature to signify his support and love of New York City, his hometown.) A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Dion Signature Edition guitar will be donated in support of The S.O.S. Children’s Village in Coconut Creek, Florida, a children’s charity that provides homes, parents, families and support services for children in foster care.

African ebony is also utilized for the fingerboard which is inlaid with long-pattern abalone "diamond & squares" position markers. "The Wanderer," the title of one of Dion’s best known hits, is inlaid in mother-of-pearl between the 18th and 19th frets. Each guitar will be numbered in sequence with the edition total and personally signed by Dion DiMucci and C. F. Martin IV, and is delivered in a deluxe Geib style vintage hardshell case. Orders for the 000CBD Dion Signature Edition will be accepted by Martin until March 18, 2002. The edition will begin to appear in stores in the summer of 2002.

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