This truly remarkable guitar was made from the finest tone woods: Actual, solid and genuine Brazilian rosewood for the back, sides and headplate overlay, and Adirondack “Red” spruce for the top. There are no better woods to build a guitar out of, and the C F Martin Custom Shop built this one for us back in 2000.
It has many of the features of the prewar OM-28 made circa 1933, including the small butterbean button nickel-plated open-gear tuners, the squared headplate design, the old style “C F Martin & Co., Est. 1833” burnished gold headstock decal logo in which the script letters are outlined in black. It has a bone nut and saddle, an unbound ebony fingerboard with 14 frets to the body joint and 20 frets total, a long scale neck of 25.5” nut to saddle, herringbone wood marquetry top purfling, a three concentric circle soundhole rosette in which the center ring is nine plies of black and crème, the abbreviated tortoise shell celluloid pickguard, a carved ebony bridge with a “through” saddle. The sides are bound in grained ivoroid; the heel cap is single ply grained ivoroid and the end graft is ivoroid bordered in black.
Behind the nut is a diamond dart (carved into the wood in the Martin tradition); the back of the neck is “modified V” which is extremely comfortable to play; the fretboard is 1 ¾” at the nut and the string spacing at the saddle is 2 5/16” at the bridge. Its bridge pins are crème with tortoise shell dot and the end pin seems similar, although it may have (oh, no!) a black dot . Its fingerboard markers are 5 etched diamonds and there are 8 ivoroid side dots in 7 fret positions.
On its surfaces there are normal light signs of playing time and use. We also need to point out that, on the lower treble side of the guitar centered approximately 6” from the end pin and extending 6 inches in length and approximately 1 ¼” in width, there appear deep finish checking lines. If you're reading this online photos are provided that show this area in detail.
Anybody who plays this guitar will come away slack-jawed, even in they're not playing in a slack-key tuning. Yes, it's that good.
This guitar was sent back to Martin for warranty work and when it returns we will notify the person who has reserved it with a deposit. If you would like to be notified if person #1 passes, please inquire below.
Our Discount Price is $6,959.00 and Our Cash Discount Price is $6,750.00.