Martin & Co Car Talk Guitar
The Martin Car Talk Click and Clack Special Edition is a classic dreadnought guitar, featuring solid tonewoods, an Engelmann spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, a low profile neck with diamond volute, and an African ebony fingerboard and belly bridge. The Martin Car Talk acoustic has a rosette in abalone pearl that is matched by a colorful mosaic backstrip and both the nut and saddle are crafted from genuine bone.
Cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison, responsible for much of the artwork on the award-winning Car Talk website, created some amusing designs for this unique musical instrument. The fun begins on the polished ebony headplate, with a mother-of-pearl inlay of Click and Clack in a dilapidated car trailing parts down the fret board. Those parts and tools ” also inlaid in mother-of-pearl with thin pearl borders ” serve as the fingerboard position markers: fender at the 3rd fret, muffler at the 5th fret, muffler pipe at the 7th fret, battery at the 9th fret, tire at the 12th fret and wrench at the 15th fret. Tom and Ray Magliozzi's signatures appear in pearl at the 20th fret.
At the headstock, the Martin Car Talk guitar has chrome enclosed tuners that are equipped with unique custom cast Car Talk buttons ” featuring a car similar to the one on the headplate. The Delmar pickguard is also unique, as it bears a printed version of the classic Car Talk credits that run at the end of the show. Aging toner gives the top vintage character under Martin's flawless polished gloss body finish. The guitar neck receives a satin finish for playing comfort.
Each C.F. Martin Car Talk Click and Clack Special Edition guitar features two interior labels: one personally signed by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, numbered in sequence, and with recognition for Car Talk's "Esteemed Producer," Doug Berman and Dewey, Cheetham & Howe, and the second incorporating imagery of Car Talk credits and a Car Talk Puzzler.