Limited edition guitar is based on the instrument used on songs such as 'California Dreaming' and 'Monday, Monday'
C.F. Martin & Co has introduced a new limited edition model that pays tribute to the '60s California pop group, The Mamas and The Papas.
The new D-28M The Mamas and The Papas Custom Artist Edition – with a current US retail price of $4,999 – is inspired by a vintage D-28 that was used by John Phillips on hit such as California Dreaming and Monday, Monday. No more than 100 of these special instruments will be made.
The guitar is a 14-fret dreadnought crafted from rare premium tonewoods, with the top made of Carpathian spruce, solid Madagascar rosewood on the back and sides and a neck carved from genuine mahogany.
An ebony head plate features The Mamas and The Papas’ silhouettes inlaid in solid mother of pearl directly above the nut and each guitar is equipped with MSP7200 medium gauge phosphor bronze SP Lifespan strings.
The model is finished with a polished gloss lacquer with vintage-inspired aging toner and is protected in a Geib-style hard shell case with cabernet interior.
Each one bears two interior labels; one signed by C.F. Martin IV and Michelle Phillips – the last surviving member of The Mamas and The Papas – bearing a background motif inspired by the Words of Love single.
The other is a photograph by Henry Diltz with the imprinted signatures of Cass Elliot, John Phillips and Denny Doherty. Each of the 100 limited edition instruments is also numbered in sequence.
“I have guitar number one in my hands,” said Michelle Phillips “and it is absolutely beautiful!”