Martin | D-45 custom | 1992 | SN:519288
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- Model: D-45 custom
- Serial no: 519288
- Year: 1992
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Scalloped bracing
- Neck: Mahogany
- Purfling: Full 45 style
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony
- Nut Width: 1 11/16″
- String Spacing: 2 1/8″
- Scale: 25.4″
- Body Length: 19 7/8″
- Lower Bout: 15 5/8″
- Upper Bout: 11 3/8″
- Body Depth: 3 3/4″, 4 3/4″ spac
The prior owner had this to say:”1992 Martin D-45 from the Custom Shop. Where do I begin? I contacted the Fifth String Guitar Shop in Berkeley, California in 1991 and commissioned Martin to build this ONE-OF-A-KIND guitar. It truly is just that.
Between the owner of the Fifth String, Mike Longworth (Consumer Relations Manager at Martin Guitars) and myself, we came up with this goddess. Mike gave me an autographed copy of his book entitled “Martin & Co.” A History by Mike Longworth when they gave me the guitar.
So I’ll start with this. If you’re a collector, you know the deal with Brazilian Rosewood so I won’t waste your time, or mine. Brazilian Rosewood went on the CITES treaty WHILE this guitar was in production. What you may not know is that the stock that Martin already had before this happened was over 20 years old ALREADY. Well that’s what the back and sides are made of.
And as you can tell by the pictures, it is exquisite. Deep, rich, and full of character. And the attention to detail to book match the sides is remarkable. The Tree Of Life on the headstock, fingerboard, and bridge were all done by a retired artisan from Martin. You know, one of the guys that did the BEST WORK.
The face of the headstock is ebony veneer and as you can see I had the Tree Of Life extended all the way to the top. Notice how the tree of life perfectly flows into the headstock. I’m an artist by trade, and I was overjoyed with the balance of this inlay. It truly was done by an highly skilled artisan. Now the topper about this instrument is that CF Martin IV was so impressed with the quality of this guitar that he signed it with a black felt pen on the back of the face on 9-22-92.
Not one of those production stickers with his John Hancock on it. He just walked into the factory and signed it free style. And if you know anything about Martin guitars, CF wasn’t signing anything until long after this guitar was made. It has never been played with a pick. There is one small indent on the face but the finish has not been compromised. Other than that it looks new.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures kind courtesy of mandtee2008
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