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Name: Gary Demos
Location: central Ohio

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1-45 guitar by Gary Demos


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Gary Demos 1-45 guitar

  • Model: 1-45 style
  • Type: 1 parlor
  • Year: 2009
  • Top:  white spruce (very similar to Red spruce in tonal quality)
  • Back and sides: Indian rosewood
  • Bracing: Martin scalloped X-bracing like original bracing
  • Neck: Honduras mahogany
  • Truss rod: none
  • Bridge: Camel bone (Ivory on original guitar)
  • Binding: Ivoroid (Ivory on original)
  • Purfling: Abalone
  • Headstock: Rosewood with MOP inlay (Fern pattern)
  • Tuners: Gotoh Ivoroid
  • Scale Length: 24.9”
  • Nut width: 1 7/8”
  • Twelfth fret width:2 3/16”


Original Martin 1-45 guitar

Original Martin 1-45 guitar



1-45 guitar by Gary DemosBuilder Gary Demos says “I came upon an original 1904 Martin 1-45 [Pictured Above] at a gathering of luthiers in northern Minnesota back in 2006. This very guitar was the first style 45 that Martin ever made, and they made another 5 in this size until 1919. The guitar I played and measured was formerly in the collection of Mike Longworth – an old-time Tennessee based luthier.”

I fell in love with the guitar – it was so beautiful and was such a pleasure to play. I was fascinated by the solid ivory bridge and bindings, and the abalone purflings on the sides and at the heel. I wasn’t sure whether I could, but I knew I wanted to attempt to reproduce this guitar.

I found a set of Indian rosewood that had nice straight grain, and chose to use white spruce for the soundboard – which is very similar to Red spruce (Adirondack spruce) which was used on the original. I scrounged up some camel bone for the bridge, and used ivoroid binding to authenticate the look of ivory.

I started the guitar in 2007 and took it to the stage where it was ready for binding. I hung it up and let it set until I couldn’t make any more excuses not to finish it (I was not sure how to wrap the abalone shell binding around the sides). I was also not an expert at inlay, and was not real excited about cutting all the MOP for the headstock.

I could have purchased a similar pre-cut set of MOP, but I wanted to reproduce the whole instrument by hand. After cutting about 3 or pieces every morning few a few days (that’s all I had patience for at one time), I finally got all the pieces cut. I finished the guitar in February, 2009 and am now enjoying holding and playing a brand new piece of history. [note: the final set of pics shows Gary’s headstock next to the original Martin]

1-45 guitar by Gary Demos Original Martin 1-45 guitar
Left: Gayy Demos 1-45 style headstock
Right: Original Martin 1-45 headstock

1-45 guitar by Gary Demos

1-45 guitar by Gary Demos

1-45 guitar by Gary Demos

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