Heart Abalone and Red Heart Bubinga enhance the Nancy Wilson Signature Edition Martin HD-35
Much of the credit for the beauty and tone of the Martin HD-35 Nancy Wilson Signature Edition guitar goes to Wilson herself, who collaborated closely with Martin on the appointments and tonewoods. A Pisces fish Yin Yang design inlaid in rare pink "Heart" abalone, mother of pearl and red composite nestles beneath the Old Style "C. F. Martin" decal on the polished black ebony headplate. A winged heart insignia, derived from Nancy's signature, is inlaid in red composite and mother of pearl at the 12th fret and honors her band connection; small abalone dot markers at the other positions lead to Nancy Wilson's signature in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. The colorful headstock inlay is reinforced in the Style 45 rosette, which also features pink heart abalone.
A rare combination of premium solid tonewoods gives the HD-35 Nancy Wilson Signature Edition distinctive tonal character. The top of beautiful Engelmann spruce—a tree that grows in the Northwest, where Heart got its start—combines with 1/4" forward-shifted scalloped braces for full, powerful tone. The sides and the three-piece back's wings are East Indian rosewood, while the center wedge is red "heart" bubinga, a beautiful and unusually hard African tonewood that provides outstanding projection.
On top of the appointments already noted, the HD-35 Nancy Wilson Signature Edition upgrades several traditional HD-35 elements. Bold herringbone purfling around the top, black/white purfling around the back and black/white/black/white purfling on the sides are all protected by grained ivoroid binding. The grained ivoroid endpiece and heelcap are each bordered with black/white/black/white fine line inlays. Style HD zig-zag back strips highlight the three-piece back. The belly bridge and fingerboard are crafted from African black ebony, with the latter bound in grained ivoroid for playing comfort. The headstock, also of African ebony, sports gold Gotoh tuners with large ebony buttons. Ebony bridge pins and endpin are topped with abalone dot inlays. A polished and beveled tortoise color pickguard protects the top, which is untinted to showcase the beautiful grain and color of the Engelmann spruce. The guitar's body is finished in polished gloss lacquer, while the neck receives a satin finish.
Delivered in a vintage-inspired Geib style case, each Martin HD-35 Nancy Wilson Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Nancy Wilson and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV, and is numbered in sequence with the total number of guitars in the edition.