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A few years ago I had the honor of working with Harvey Leach, inlay artist, guitar maker and inventor of the Voyage-Air Guitar. We collaborated on Martin Guitars' 1.5 millionth guitar. Here are some pictures of that. The first set are Martin's promotional shots. The others are mine.

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The back of the guitar is Brazilian rosewood, the most beautiful I'd ever seen.

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All the colored inlays are Harvey's work. I did all the faces and hands, the fret position markers and the two portraits on the bridge.

Below are some pictures I took while I worked on this amazing guitar:

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One of my favorite portraits was this one on the bridge. My tool is a carbide scribe. Below is what I see through my microscope.

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Here are the fret position markers. They get smaller to fit the narrowing frets.

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At the NAMM show I not only got to see the finished guitar, I got to play it. Behind me is Chris Martin, probably making sure I don't drop this million dollar guitar. Now it's in the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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To thank Chris Martin for this great opportunity, I made a portrait of his daughter Claire (the next C.F. Martin). It's in the shape of the unmistakable Martin headstock.

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Harvey and I were interviewed by a Japanese guitar magazine. I'm not sure if I was flattering or slanderous...

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