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On loan from Ed Sheeran MBE

See Ed Sheeran’s custom-built ‘x’ Martin & Co. acoustic-electric guitar on display in the Music Gallery.

This guitar was played during the star singer-songwriter’s 2015 North American tour promoting his phenomenally successful second studio album x (Multiply), which was released in 2014. It was used for songs such as ‘Photograph’ and ‘One’.

Made for him by C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in 2015, the guitar is based on their 0-28 VS model and customised for Ed.

The guitar is inlaid with multiplication symbols on the top treble bout, and between three frets. The fretboard is also inlaid with a gecko (a copy of one of Ed Sheeran’s tattoos) in abalone. The guitar’s back and sides are of highly figured koa, and its top is of Engelmann spruce.

It is built to a short scale: the length from the nut to the bridge is 24.9in/632.46mm. The guitar is fitted with Fishman Matrix Infinity electronics and has a jack plug socket.