• Martin Custom Shop D-111 Honduran Mahogany – Adirondack (2007)

    Category: Product Condition: Pre-Owned

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    This special edition Custom Shop Martin D-111 is based partly on a 1929 version currently in the Martin Museum and a 1924 version that is the oldest X braced dread still in existence.

    That was the year Martin changed the dreadnought bracing from a fan pattern designed to work with steel strings and replaced it with a reinforced version of their original X brace pattern. This was the first time Martin’s two most famous inventions, the X brace and the dreadnought, were brought together in the same guitar. Martin chose to commemorate this historic design by offering a modern version of the Ditson model 111. It features an enormous, standard dreadnought body made with the same woods as the original – genuine Honduras Mahogany topped with clear-as-a-bell Adirondack Red Spruce.

    The neck is surprisingly comfortable at a width-at-nut of 1-7/8″ and it has many other features taken from the original Ditson dreads. The Delmer pickguard is identical to that 1924 model and rather alien in appearance compared to modern guards, but one which I feel imparts a great vintage look. The guitar also has special Waverly replica tuners and a reproduction of the Ditson three-line rosette at the soundhole. For all intents and purposes, this fantastic guitar could best be described as a D-18GE in 12-fret form with extra special vintage appointments. It has the adjustable truss rod, modern frets and gloss finish used on contemporary Martins and also has the same level of high-quality tone found in that 14-fret GE.

    This 12-fret variety does not have the bass swell that one gets out of a 14-fret dread, which sacrifices some midrange strength. Instead it is nicely balanced across all six strings, huge from top to bottom. It has a breathtaking chime when strummed with fingernails, a clear and singing voice when fingerpicked and if you take a flat pick to it your G-run will have a whole new life all its own. Even when strumming lightly I made Martin employees turn with a wide-eyed “wow” apparent on their face. This is a LOT of guitar. The original retail price was 6.499 Euro. Dead mint! Consignment sale.

    Price includes:

    • Diamond Guitars 2 year warranty
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    • Pickup of your guitar for repair, consignment or trade can be arranged.
    • All guitars come with a new set of strings and a setup to your liking.


    • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
    • Body Size: D-12 Fret
    • Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
    • Rosette: Single Ring, Ditson 111 Style – Multiple Black/Maple
    • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard X Scalloped (Golden Era Style)
    • Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16 Inch
    • Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
    • Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
    • Top Inlay Style: Maple and Black Fiber
    • Neck Material: Honduras Mahogany
    • Neck Shape: Modified V
    • Nut Material: Fossilised Ivory
    • Headstock: Slotted/Square/Tapered
    • Heelcap: Solid Black Ebony
    • Fingerboard Material: Solid
    • Black Ebony
    • Scale Length: 25.4 Inch
    • Number of Frets Clear: 12
    • Number of Frets Total: 19
    • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-7/8 Inch
    • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-5/16 Inch
    • Fingerboard Inlays: Abalone Dots at 5th, 7th, 9th Frets
    • Fingerboard Binding: none
    • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
    • Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Ageing Toner
    • Finish Neck: Polished Gloss
    • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
    • Bridge Style: Pyramid w/ Drop-In Long Saddle
    • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/8 Inch
    • Saddle: 16 inch Radius/Long Fossilised Ivory
    • Tuning Machines: Waverly w/ Small Ivoroid Buttons
    • Bridge & End Pins: Solid Black Ebony
    • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Colour – Bevelled & Polished