This is one killer Martin D-45 Custom shop! The flagship model in the Custom Shop version with premium Madagascar Rosewood and Adirondack Red Spruce, Golden Era Adirondack Forward Shifted Bracing, full Hide Glue construction and Thin Finish.
This awesome Martin D-45 Custom has it all. Superb looks and even more important: from a tonal point of view, I doubt if it gets better besides the pre-war sisters. This one is amongst the best of the best: very well-balanced notes all over the fretboard. 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. She also has the pre-war all Mahogany ‘Full Thickness- 30’s Style Heel’ neck with the T-bar instead of the adjustable truss rod. This neck is comparable with the modified low ovel in the lower regions and comes close to the ‘Classic’ neck profile above the 10th fret. No more adjustments of the neck, whatever the condition. This baby won’t bend and thus direct all the energy of the strings to the bridge and then straight into the top. Incredible dynamic tone! Whether you play gentle or loud, she always gives that lush rich Dreadnought tone only Martin can build.
The Adirondack top is top grade – rarely seen these days – tight grain. The straight grain of the back and sides reveal quartersawn Madagascar Rosewood reminding instantly on the pre-war Brazilian Rosewood. The modern Martin D-45 is a distinctive guitar and top of the line. But this D-45 Custom is way above that mark. Premium tonewoods and Golden Era build techniques led to an outstanding guitar in tone and looks. Plus, the bonus hand engraved Waverly gold open back tuners. Sweet! 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. Nice low action. Plays like butter! She has been played in well and shows only slight signs of use. This was not a showpiece hanging on the wall, this baby was played but never abused. Thus, her condition is excellent. Listen to a sound impression here:
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