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Written by Vivian McInerny   
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

2012OctNov MyPlaceOne wall of this contemporary condo shimmers with precious-metal glitz. The framed gold and platinum albums represent just a fraction of the music-industry awards presented to Eddie Martinez. “I think it’s around 25,” says the guitarist, who played with Robert Palmer, Meat Loaf and Run-DMC; toured with Blondie; accompanied Mick Jagger at Live Aid, and performed on movie soundtracks including Pretty Woman and Pretty in Pink. He also writes advertising jingles (i.e., a Pepsi commercial featuring Britney Spears that aired during the Super Bowl) and regularly performs with his Eddie Martinez Band. Four years ago, he bought a Portland condo and moved in, only to move out again for a place “just down the street.”

“Long story short,” he says. “I fell in love.” With another place? “With a woman.” Now the condo serves as his semi-detached music man cave.

MAN STUFF: A small round dining table, glass-top desk and chic leather sofa furnish the living room, but taking center stage are his collection of “rock-god guitars,” speakers previously owned by Prince and a custom-design speaker cabinet in regal purple and white with “crushed platinum” plastic details, by 3 Monkeys Amps. “This is my furniture, for all intents and purposes.”

FEMININE TOUCH: Leopard-print and green throw pillows
on the black leather sofa were gifts from his girlfriend, Sarah Mensah, COO of the Portland Trail Blazers, as was the wood-and-white-leather chair. “I love that chair, how it’s some old school and some new school. Love that juxtaposition.”

HOME BASE: Until age 9, he grew up in suburban Queens, N.Y., with a backyard for bare feet in the summer and snowmen in the winter. A sudden change in family finances meant a move to a fifth-floor walk-up in the Bronx. For the middle child of the seven Martinez kids, “it was a cultural shift.”

MEMENTOS: He holds dear his family photographs from that time and “the first LP I ever bought: the Beatles’ Revolver.”

ON THE FRIDGE: Guitar and martini-glass magnets make a cool combo.

FAMILY MATTERS: His brother moved to the Portland area decades earlier, and most of his family followed, including his now 93-year-old mother. His daughter, Mia, is an attorney in New York City. Mensah’s son from a previous marriage is “like my son,” says Martinez. “All that plus a couple of dogs makes up our family.”

Handmade guitars, collectible amplifiers and framed gold and platinum albums make the best accessories. That and a black leather sofa is about all Eddie Martinez needs in his man cave/home office in the old Multnomah Village neighborhood in Portland.
A collection of vinyl, a glitzy 3 Monkeys Amps and a framed platinum album commemorating more than a million sales of Robert Palmer’s \"Riptide\" on which Eddie Martinez, now of Portland, played guitar.
The stack of vinyl includes several artists Martinez played with such as Prince, Robert Plant and Yoko Ono.
Guitarist Eddie Martinez keeps a collection of vintage and handmade instruments including ones by Breedlove Guitar Company and Griffin Guitars both of Oregon.
With crushed platinum-color sparkle and white vinyl amplifier from 3 Monkeys Amps, who needs furniture?
Guitars, equipment and a picture of John F. Kennedy fill the condo Eddie Martinez uses as a home office for writing and playing music.The Portland-based guitarist has played with and/or recorded with some of the most familiar names in rock and jazz.
The Vox pattern is as recognizable to musicians as the Burberry plaid throw is to home design fans.
A guitar with wood, steel and mother-of-pearl inlay has all the craftsmanship of truly fine furniture.
Handmade guitars, collectible amplifiers and framed gold and platinum albums make the best accessories. That and a black leather sofa is about all Eddie Martinez needs in his man cave/home office in the old Multnomah Village neighborhood in Portland.PHOTO MICHAEL COGLIANTRY

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