In January 1932 the C. F. Martin Company produced the first ever Dreadnought 45 style guitar as a special order for cowboy actor, singer and song writer Gene Autry. The subsequent 91 D-45s made between 1932 and 1942 are today the most coveted Martin instruments ever produced. In 1993 Chris Martin visited Autry at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and proposed a collaboration that would faithfully recreate that first D-45 as a limited edition. With the back and sides of Brazilian rosewood and a top incorporating forward and scalloped bracing, sixty-six orders were taken in the first week of its introduction. The success of this guitar would set the stage for future collaborations between C.F. Martin and Company and other living artists.