Hardware review: CF Martin & Co. Bentley Snowflake Guitar
CF Martin & Co., the prominent American luthier who has been crafting classic acoustic instruments since 1833, offers Martin enthusiasts, guitar collectors and art-conscious players the chance to own an elegant limited edition inspired acoustic guitar. of Wilson A. Bentley’s significant photographic history. The Bentley Snowflake First Edition will be a personalized instrument from Martin’s designers and promises to be both something special and as individual as a snowflake.
The name CF Martin & Co. has been associated with so many classic and collectible acoustic instruments over the years, the headstock and logo lettering have become an icon for serious guitar collectors as well as accomplished performers. . People treasure their Martin guitars not only as great sounding instruments that play well, but also because they perpetuate the quality and artistic concepts of Martin’s timeless design. So when Martin’s designers are inspired enough to announce a creative first edition guitar based on the work of renowned photographer, Wison A. Bentley, people pay attention. Bentley is an interesting artist for Martin to recognize, being the first person to successfully photograph a single snow crystal in 1885 using a technique known as photomicrography. It is the artistic and unique nature of the snowflakes that Martin has chosen to present in this special guitar.
Many consider Wilson A. Bentley to be the “Ansel Adams” of snowflakes. Upon his death in 1931, he left behind a brilliant collection of weather photographs, pioneering weather photographs, and a collection of atmospheric observation recording techniques still in use today. His collection of snowflake images (his only book) was published in the year of his death, and more recently his work has appeared in Scientific American and National Geographic magazines. Besides having posthumous notoriety for his images of the unique crystalline structure of snow, he is known to have been the first to say with certainty that no two snowflakes are the same.
The Jericho Historical Society, custodian of a large archive of images and documents, recently granted Martin the exclusive rights to use Bentley’s snowflake images for the creation of unique inlay sets, such as the sole the master luthier could create. While the traditional snowflake inlay pattern used at Martin Guitar has been popular for generations of instrument owners, the silhouette has remained largely unchanged until now.
The key to Martin’s Bentley Snowflake guitar project is that the Jericho Historical Society allowed the Martin Custom Shop to select images from the Bentley archives for inspiration. The selected images will be used as a starting point to create new snowflake inlay designs for use on the headplate, fingerboard, heel, pickguard and bridge of the 2022 edition of this model.
It’s important to note that the ultimate 2022 snowflake inlay design will only be featured for this limited series of instruments and then be retired. After the first edition, Martin’s agreement with the historical society allows for the periodic development of new inlay design packages. Of course, each one will be special to be seen only in limited quantities by the luthier, and then removed in the same way. Achieving a series of beautiful instruments that encompass this type of historically significant element makes the Bentley Snowflake guitar, especially in its first edition, a dream instrument for the avid Martin collector.
The Bentley Snowflake First Edition is crafted with stunning Madagascar rosewood for the back and sides, paired with a Sitka spruce top. The combination is known for its warm, articulate tone, resulting in a beautifully playable guitar that will sound as amazing as it looks. In addition to the packaging, each guitar comes with a snowflake crystal display piece which will be shipped to the owner upon registration of the guitar for warranty.
You can read more about the Bentley Snowflake First Edition and the upcoming special series from CF Martin & Co. HERE.
The price of the first edition of Bentley Snowflake is $ 15,499.00.