NAMM 2012 VIDEO: John Mayer on his new signature Martin guitar

NAMM 2012: Singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer debuted his brand-new signature Martin guitar, the aptly named 00-45SC John Mayer Edition, at the NAMM show. The model will be limited to a run of just 25 pieces.

"There's something about a smaller-bodied acoustic guitar that has always appealed to me," said Mayer. "In one glance it inspires me to write, travel, perform and age along with it.

"Not very long ago, I was inspired to return to a completely natural way of writing and recording music, and at the center of that vision were the Martin 00-sized guitars that defined an era of brilliant songwriting in the '60s and '70s. The 00-45SC John Mayer Edition is my vision of the ultimate 00-45 come to life. It's simply perfect."

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.