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2012 History NT-L3 Square Shoulder Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Near Mint w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2012 History NT-L3 dreadnought acoustic guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and paperwork. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese market, the square shoulder NT-L3 draws its inspiration from the traditional Martin D-28 dreadnought platform, featuring a solid X-braced Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides framed by multi-ply wood purfling. The tonal response is articulate and well-balanced across the strings, due in part to the solid bone nut and carved and compensated bone saddle. The bass register is round and bold without getting overly boomy, the upper midrange offers excellent string definition and punch, and the top end is crisp and present. This History weighs 4lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh phosphor bronze 12-53 strings and comfortable action.

The three-piece mahogany and walnut neck has a slender and soft V shaped profile carve at the nut, transitioning to a rounded C shape by the 8th fret with more shoulder as you travel up the fretboard. The profile measures .820” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 9th. The bound thick slab rosewood fretboard features mini dot markers and pristine slender fretwire. The guitar plays well up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and action at the 12th fret measures 6/64” at the low E and 5/64“ at the high E. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", and the bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features the History logo and chrome set of Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the rosewood bridge sits flush with the top, and the carved and compensated unbleached bone saddle has ample height. The top and back feature multi-ply purfling, with a stately abalone rosette surrounding the soundhole. The brown tortoise pickguard retains its protective factory film, a testament to how sparingly this guitar has been played since new. The gloss finish on the body is flawless save for a single tiny isolated scratch in the clear coat at the back bass-side of the body. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

The original hardshell case and factory paperwork is included.