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Martin Guitar remembers folk-rocker David Crosby

Martin Guitar remembers David Crosby.

And, for Crosby, a folk-rock legend who died Jan. 19 at age 81, Martin Guitars were his acoustic guitar of choice.

“We were saddened to hear of David Crosby’s passing. David wrote and performed some great music on his Martin Guitars,” said C.F. Martin & Co. Executive Chairman Christian Frederick Martin IV.

“We worked closely with him on several Artist Signature models as well as the ‘Rock the Vote’ guitar that included David’s image and his famous quote ‘Democracy works if you work it,’” said Martin in a press release statement.

Martin Guitar issued the D-12 David Crosby in 2009 with Crosby’s signature between the 16th and 17th frets.

Crosby performed a solo concert July 5, 2015, at Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

In an interview and accompanying video for Acoustic Guitar magazine, Crosby extolled the virtues of Martin Guitars. The interview with Crosby, republished and the video reposted Jan 19, was originally in the January 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar.

Crosby told Mark Kemp for Acoustic Guitar that he bought his first Martin Guitar, a D-18, when he was a teenager in Chicago. Crosby played the guitar as a member of the folk-rock group, The Byrds in 1964.

According to the Acoustic Guitar article, Crosby purchased not one but three Martin D-45s in 1969, for himself and Stills and Nash as part of the super group Crosby, Stills & Nash, which became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Crosby continued to play the D-45 in concerts.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, Crosby’s last public concert appearance was a guest spot with Jason Isbell, Feb. 26, 2022, Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, Calif., and before that, Crosby last performed a public concert in 2019.

A theatrical movie documentary, “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” narrated and produced by Cameron Crowe, was released in 2019.

Acoustic Guitar magazine David Crosby interview and video:


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Artist works on image for David Crosby “Rock the Vote” Martin Guitar.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO David Crosby “Rock the Vote” Martin Guitar.