Martin Guitar Company Announces
Gordon Lightfoot Limited Edition Guitar, the D-18GL

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In July, 2000, The Martin Guitar Company announced a new Limited Edition Signature model, the D-18GL. Production will be limited to a maximum of 61. This odd number was chosen to match Lightfoot's age at the time.

All 61 were spoken for very quickly. After a delay in production, the first guitars were shipped on June 11, 2001 (modified 6/11/2001).

According to their announcement, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these instruments has been designated to fund The Gordon Lightfoot Scholarship Fund at Great Lakes Maritime Academy (part of Northwestern Michigan College). The academy has the only officer training program for fresh water maritime ships in the United States. Lightfoot established the fund in 1976 to help prevent shipping disasters like the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You can read the entire article at the Martin web site in their July 2000 Sounding Board Newsletter. Here is the link; note that this is a PDF file and you'll need Acrobat to read or print it. - July 2000 Sounding Board.

I have been building a list of D-18GL owners. At the moment I have the owners of those listed below - if your number isn't here and you would like to tell me who you are, please write to me. I'd like to post the list of owners at some point; if you don't want your name included, let me know that too. Here are the ones that I know:

Prototypes 1 and 2, 1, 7, 8 (sunburst), 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 21 (sunburst), 22 (me), 23, 24, 26, 30, 37, 38, 42, 43, 44, 47, 49, 52, 53, 58, 61 (lefty). I have several other names, but not numbers, and one or two where I made note of the first name only. If you have one and want to add to my records, please write.

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