1973 Martin D-45

1973 Martin D-45

Be still my heart. Martin’s top top Dreadnaught ever, the über-famous and world-renowned D-45 and a truly fabulous one at that. Best everything from Martin; the very finest woods, the most careful assembly, and the ever-so-patiently-done abalone shell inlay trim on all edges front, back, and sides, along with those super-cool hexagon fingerboard inlays and “CF Martin” block-letter inlay on the peghead. But wait, there’s more! The standard type of spruce for almost all Martin guitars from just after WW II to date was and still is Sitka spruce, some of the best from anywhere in North America, but in the very early 1970s they were able to acquire a small amount of best-best German Spruce, same as what had been used on most of their pre-war guitars, and they reserved it, from approximately 1970-73, for only the D-45 model and the occasional D-41. German spruce has a clarity and tonal briliance that no other wood has and you’ll hear it right away and you’ll never forget it. On top of that, this is one of the finest-grained tops I have ever seen on any Martin. Oh, and of course it has those fab, American-made gold-plated Grover Rotomatic tuners; you don't see them no more. Enough of this; the real bottom line is what happens when you pick it up and play it and I promise that you’ll melt, as I did. We have also just done a very thorough job in the playability department of this D-45 right here in our own shop, to wit: a very perfect neck reset resulting in a very perfect saddle height with room to go either way on the action, though I sincerely doubt you’ll want to touch it; and a very perfect re-fret, all nice and fresh to start a whole new life between you and this nearly-fifty-year-old top of the line Martin. There are no cracks and no repairs showing, anywhere. Somehow, sometime in the distant past, someone managed to put one extra coat of lacquer on it and I have no idea why. Looks like Martin’s own lacquer and their own top-quality work to me though they have no internal record of it, but that's not unusual for them. Even has its original Martin blue/gray molded hard shell case, totally intact, a minor miracle right there. Someone is going to be very happy to own this Martin D-45. $11,995 w/ohsc

w/ohsc

$11995.00
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