This is one killer Martin D-45 Custom Golden Era. The flagship model in the Custom Shop version with premium Adirondack Red Spruce, Golden Era Adirondack Forward Shifted Bracing featuring hand inlaid pearl on the top, back, sides, and neck.
This awesome Martin D-45 Custom has it all. Superb looks and even more important: from a tonal point of view, this Martin is amongst the best of the best: very well-balanced notes all over the fretboard. Overtones splatter all over the room. Beautiful! Flatpicking, strumming and fingerpicking this magnificent instrument will overwhelm you with inspiration and lead you to new musical horizons. Martin uses the term Golden Era for a variation of their Scalloped Bracing. This type of Scalloping is more aggressive compared to a standard scallop. With Golden Era Scalloping, there is more wood shaved from the Braces and the X brace is a little tighter fit. This variation of scalloping helps the tone and responsiveness, by letting the top vibrate more freely.
The modern Martin D-45 is a distinctive guitar and top of the line. The D-45 Custom is above that mark. Premium tonewood (8-grade) and hand tuned Adirondack braces based on the Golden Era techniques lead to an outstanding guitar in tone and looks. Click the following link for the full Martin Custom Shop specs list HERE. In short, this D-45 Custom is amongst the very best sounding and looking Martin guitars one can get. She is the guitar of choice for legends like Gene Autry and Neil Young, Steven Stills and John Mayer. Even Jimi Hendrix owned and played one back in the days. It’s the perfect guitar for any guitar aficionado & collector. Listen to a sound sample here: