The Martin 000-42 Modern Deluxe is a new take on Martin Vintage. This guitar is packed with custom features and modern technology that you have to see, feel, and hear for yourself.
The Martin 000-42 Modern Deluxe has vintage appointments including a Sitka Spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM® (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction giving it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. The look is unlike anything in our production line with European flamed maple binding (on the body, fingerboard, and headplate), stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and an ornate torch logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock.
Among vintage Martins, the 000-42 is one of the more elusive standard models. Martin only built 127 of the instruments between 1918 and 1943, and the company wouldn’t reintroduce the model until 2004. This limited supply, combined with the fact that Eric Clapton played a 1939 000-42 on his now-legendary MTV Unplugged show has made the model highly coveted. Now they offer a fabulous new take on this classic: the Modern Deluxe. The MD entered the guitarworld with some ultra-modern features like Liquidmetal® bridge pins with Abalone dots and a composite Carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. This guitar is anything but standard. The 24.9″/ 632 mm short scale and excellent setup make her easy to play. The 44.5 mm / 1¾-inch nut is slightly wider than those on many earlier Martin 000’s, but about the same as prewar examples; and the mid-size body is comfortable to hold. This 000-42 Modern Deluxe has a much slimmer neck profile than those of vintage 000’s, and should feel right at home for players used to contemporary designs. Tonally, the guitar is pure Martin, with great balance, lovely lower mids, great sustain, and excellent clarity. Listen to a sound sample by Spoon Philips here: