Martin | D16 custom | 1992 | SN:518018
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- Model: D-16
- Year: 1992
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 3/4″
- String Spacing: 2 1/4″
- 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″
- Bridge: Ebony
- Rosette: Ring
- Backstrip: Herringbone
This is an unusual 1992 D16 custom out of Adirondack and Brazilian rosewood. Designed with feature prewar woods but a different aesthetic trim. The style “16” was introduced by Martin in 1961 aiming towards an affordable instrument with understated appointments. Later in the 90’s Martin used the series as a platform to experiment with sustainable, native woods such as ash and different bracing patterns such as the hybrid A-frame X bracing. The prior owner has this to say:”I purchased this beauty at Charley’s Guitar Shop in September of 2001. I was the first owner, but before it arrived at Charley’s earlier in the week I purchased it, it had hung in a guitar shop that went out of business before going back to Martin and subsequently to Charley’s. I have kept it in a smoke-free, humidity controlled environment, and there are no issues other than two small scratches, shown in the photos. They are barely visible especially after the guitar has been polished.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures kind courtesy of bluesaddicted ©2009
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