Harvey Leach creates Custom Inlay for C. F. Martin 1.5-Millilonth Guitar

January 6, Livermore, CA – Master inlay artist Mr. Harvey Leach has been commissioned by C. F. Martin & Co. to create the inlay artwork for a landmark guitar: the 1.5-millionth Martin guitar, of a continuous production that spans back to 1833.

“First, I’d like to thank Chris Martin for giving us the opportunity to work on this project,” said Harvey Leach. “To me, an inlay project is like a performance and a great performance deserves a big stage. In the guitar world there is no bigger stage than the one built by C. F. Martin & Co. for the past 175-plus years, and to be involved in something as significant as the 1.5 Millionth Martin Guitar is a true honor.”

Titled “da Vinci Unplugged”, this epic instrument depicts an inlay of the famous Mona Lisa at the headstock, as well as other da Vinci-themed inlay work throughout the body and neck of the guitar. This guitar will also feature scrimshaw artwork among the inlay, crafted by artist Bob Hergert.

Harvey Leach ranks among the top inlay artists in the world, and is also the inventor of the Voyage-Air folding travel guitar. In his 38-year career, Harvey has built over 350 guitars, which are treasured as some of the finest instruments in the world. 

The da Vinci Unplugged guitar will be displayed at Martin Guitar booth #5454, Hall B at the Winter NAMM Show 2011.  You can also drop by and meet Mr. Harvey Leach in person at the Voyage-Air Guitar booth #1401, Hall E at the NAMM Show. 

Click here to read more about the unique da Vinci Unplugged guitar.

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  • 5star-100
    I received my VAOM-1C and boy does it sing!  I am the proud and happy owner of several top-notch Martins: a D35 Johnny Cash, a HD28e, a solid DCPA4R as well as a 1973 00-18. I also had a 2003 D18 which I sold because it wasn't so good. I was expecting the VAOM-1C to sound ok but not more. "Can't have the best of both worlds" I thought. Well, now I do. It is just exquisite, so melodic and yet with a surprising sustain and expressivity. It is a true jewel at a more than decent price! All the Best and THANK YOU!
    Jean-Dominique Michel, Switzerland - VAOM-1C
  • 5star-100
    My wife and I travel a lot and in the past have had issues with taking a guitar with me......they're either too bulky for the overhead compartment, or I have to let the luggage handlers toss around my guitars like they're a bag of beans. I recently purchased one of your VAOM-04 guitars, and I'm totally impressed with the sound and the playability of this instrument. My first choice is my Martins, but since I received the VAOM-O4 I haven't put it down. I would recommend this guitar to any player, even if you don't travel that much. I'm looking forward to my next trip. I may just spend most of the trip playing this guitar.
    Great Job Voyage-Air.
    - Tony H. - VAOM-04
  • 5star-100
    It’s considered a “travel guitar,” and it truly is a remarkably portable instrument; however, that label does it a disservice, because honestly, it’s a damn nice guitar. It just happens to have a nifty set of hinges that allow the neck to fold over on the top, making it far more compact and transport friendly. I love my Telair!
    - Anthony K. Sandy, UT - VET-2SBB
  • 5star-100
    I am pleasantly surprised at the quality and genius behind this amazingly compact, but great sounding guitar!! I work in the movie industry and travel quite a bit, and being able to bring my guitar as a carry-on wherever I go is just what I've been looking for! The overall sound is amazingly rich for its size, and the folding mechanics work like a dream! If you’re wondering if it's worth getting, the answer is a big YES!!
    - Nancy F. Santa Monica, CA - VAMD-04
  • 5star-100
    I bought a VAD-04 strictly for travel and light use. The day I bought it I paid a visit to United Airlines. As I was walking up to the counter the clerk said that he had seen these before and that there was no problem taking it on as carry-on. .I think that this is a great value and a nice sounding piece All in all it is a winner in my book. I’ve heard less sound from much more expensive instruments. I may mike it because I think it compares to my Taylor 814ce and Breedlove it surprised me!
    -  Michael, Columbus, NE - VAD-04
  • 5star-100 
    I travel a lot, and for years, I schlepped my heavy Goodall Jumbo, always worried about it getting damaged and stolen.  I recently purchased a Voyage Air guitar and love it.  Its light, gets on planes, and sounds terrific. It has made travelling with a guitar a no-brainer.  Even after closing and opening, it stays very close to being in tune. I recommend this guitar to anyone who likes to play wherever they go.
    - Stewart, Santa Fe, NM - VAOM-02