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1976 Martin D-41 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Crack-Free w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1976 Martin D-41 dreadnought in excellent, crack-free condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. The D-41 can trace its upscale dreadnought lineage back to Martin's Pre-War D-45, with the same tonewood recipe and premium appointments including abalone marquetry on the perimeter of the top and soundhole, hexagonal abalone fretboard inlay, and vertical C.F. Martin inlay on the bound headstock veneer. This Martin has also received the maintenance due an instrument of this vintage with a professional neck reset and new tall, carved saddle, ensuring decades of future viability.

First introduced in 1969, production totals for the D-41 were quite small given its high price point, and the model was retired in its original incarnation in '92. Tonewoods include an X-braced Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge.

Offering cannon-like projection and a surprising amount of rich growl, this Martin delivers significant boom and kick in the bass register. Easily one of the most authoritative-sounding vintage Martin dreadnoughts we’ve offered in years, even a modest strum yields a prodigious tone. The midrange is textured and somewhat pronounced, and the trebles are punchy, round and sparkling. While some Martin dreadnoughts of the '70s can be somewhat tight-sounding or otherwise lacking, this D-41 in contrast is an absolute powerhouse, with enviable sonic breadth. This guitar weighs 5lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-54 bronze strings, easy-playing action, and optimal-intonation.

The mahogany neck has a U-shaped profile carve that’s medium depth at the nut, yet quickly gains appreciable additional heft by the 5th fret and beyond, offering a substantial handful in the higher registers, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and 1.020” at the 9th. The slab ebony fretboard features ambered binding with hexagonal abalone inlay and original slender fretwire that shows virtually no wear, ostensibly benefiting from a light level/crown in the guitar’s lifetime. This Martin plays cleanly up the 25.4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width, and the headstock has a multi-ply bound rosewood veneer, vertical inlaid Martin logo, and original gold Grover Rotomatic tuning machines function as intended, with uniform surface patina through the plating on the buttons. A vintage decal from a Martin dealer based in Tokyo is also present on the back of the headstock.

On the body, the new saddle has plenty of height for future adjustment, and the ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, with modest deflection behind the bridge that’s not beyond the norm.

The guitar is well-kept and crack free, and there is some pick scuffing across the strum path, extending above the soundhole and beyond the edge of the original pickguard. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a few additional minor marks on top and sparingly little wear on the shockingly clean back and sides. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original gray molded Martin hardshell case with blue plush interior is included.