The Sultan of Guitars

You may never be able to own Kenny Sultan’s guitar, but the release of a new model of Martin acoustic guitar allows musicians to own a Kenny Sultan guitar.

The idiom states that a familiar name should cause a bell to ring, but hearing kenny.jpgKenny Sultan” should rightly pluck the strings of some mental blues guitar. Santa Barbara residents and blues fans alike should know that Sultan has long brought his prowess to area venues after discovering the blues genre during his days at UCSB in 1979. Now, Sultan’s name has been even further linked to guitar-based music with the production of the 000-18 Kenny Sultan Sunburst Custom Edition. The instrument is based on small-bodied the Martin-brand guitars from the ‘30s and ‘40s that Martin has long collected — in particular, a Martin 000-18 Martin Sunburst that Sultan uses as his primary guitar for recording and performing. Each guitar also bears an interior label signed by Sultan.

In a press release, Sultan said that guitar “duplicates all of the essential elements that make my vintage 000 great.”

C.F. Martin & Company, a Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based guitar manufacturer, is often regarded among guitar aficionados as the makers of some of the highest-quality instruments currently available. The 000-18 Kenny Sultan Sunburst Custom Edition sells for $4899 and can be purchased through

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