This fine Custom Shop Martin D model is the modern interpretation of the D-18: Martin’s famous and classic flagship workhorse guitar. We had the chanche to upgrade the classic model and combined modern feel with vintage inspired tonewoods and specs.
This Martin Custom Shop D features old growth ‘Sinker’ Mahogany back and sides. This wood was harvested in the late 1800s when they were logging deep in the rain forests of Central and South America to export this prime, rare timber. Using the rivers as the only means of transport, needless to say some logs did not make it. Many sunk in the mud and basically became a time capsule, aging for a century void of oxygen to rot. some logs take on unique, subtle striping due to mineral deposits in the mud. This set has some wonderful light/ dark figuring.
Of course we ordered this one with an Adirondack Red Spruce top, the holy grail of top woods. The wood of choice in the ‘Golden Era’ of guitar building from the early 1930’s through pre-war early 40’s. The top comes with Adirondack ‘Golden Era’ style scalloped bracing, the same bracing used then also. The wood combination creates a loud and clear, balanced tone with deep warm bass and bell like highs. Then we took a modern Genuine Mahogany Modified Low Oval neck with the Performing Artist Taper. This PA Taper includes a more parallel neck profile with a slimmer taper at the 12th fret. This gives the guitar comfortable width in the first few frets plus a faster feel for lead-work as you move up the neck. Very easy and comfortable to play! Finally the classic look of the dark Faux Tortoise binding, Nickel Grover butterbean tuners and Abalone dots complete the vintage look. This is the sound of an Golden Age classic with modern feel. A truly great guitar!! HQ Pictures will follow soon!
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- C.F. Martin Limited lifetime warranty
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