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2001 Martin D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Crack-Free w/ Case, Paperwork


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Up for sale, a 2001 Martin D-45 in near-mint, 100% original condition, complete with the original hardshell case and bill of sale. Martin's flagship dreadnought, the D-45 can trace its genesis to singing cowboy Gene Autry, who requested Martin make him the, "biggest, fanciest Martin" for the tidy sum of $200 in 1933. Only a handful of D-45s were produced in Martin's Pre-War years, and the model has historically been available in exceedingly small quantities compared to Martin's other dreadnought output. Abalone marquetry is liberally used throughout, framing the top, rims, back, soundhole, and fretboard extension, with additional ivoroid body binding, and hexagonal abalone inlay extending the length of the fretboard. Further top-tier features include gold hardware and a bound headstock face with vertical C.F. Martin inlay.

Tonewoods comprise a Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, a mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard and bridge. Detailed and muscular, with exquisite string-to-string balance, sound simply leaps from this instrument. The low end is bold and clear with limited compression and a high volume ceiling when digging in hard with a flatpick, and the trebles are sparkling and round. Nuance, and power is at the player’s fingertips, and this Martin has tonal breadth to match its considerable cosmetic appointments. This D-45 weighs 4lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Slender C, full shoulders, measuring .835” 1st fret, .875” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Bound ebony, hexagonal abalone inlay
-Frets: Slender, light wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-5
-Scale Length: 25.4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Headstock: Bound rosewood overlay, vertical C.F. Martin abalone inlay
-Tuners: Schaller-built, Martin-branded

Body Specs:

-Wood: Sitka spruce, Indian rosewood
-Bracing: X-bracing
-Bridge: Ebony, compensated saddle (good height)
-Plastics: Tortoise pickguard
-Serialization: Stamp on heel block dates to 2001

Crack-free and remarkably clean, cosmetic wear on this D-45 is limited to just a few faint finish scratches and exceedingly minor marks on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original molded hardshell case is included, along with the original Japanese bill of sale. The case has a couple pushed-in feet, and is structurally sound with original latches and handle.