C. F. Martin D-41 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1971)

C. F. Martin  D-41 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1971)
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C. F. Martin D-41 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1971), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 278064, natural lacquer finish, Engleman spruce top, rosewood back & sides, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This is a Martin D-41 from around the early part of 1971, when the company's pearl-topped instruments had just been recently re-introduced as their flagship instruments. The D-41 was a new model launched in 1969 as the next-to-top of the line, a less ornate version of the Style 45 with the pearl-decorated top rim but without the similar inlay on the back and sides. This allowed Martin to offer a guitar just as flashy from the "money side" for a lot less actual money than the pearl-everywhere D-45.

This is still a very beautiful and great sounding guitar, built of the most select materials with a super tight-grained spruce top bordered in pearl and abalone, as is the soundhole ring. The ebony fingerboard is bound and inlaid with multi-hued abalone blocks and the neck is mahogany with a finely carved volute marking the intersection of the neck and peghead, itself emblazoned with C.F. Martin in large pearl letters surrounded by three-ply binding.

While not made with Brazilian rosewood (having missed that opportunity by a couple of years) the back, sides and peghead plate feature some extremely tight, finely-grained Indian rosewood of a quality that is highly sought after today. The tuners are gold-plated Grover rotomatics. The D-41 is comparatively uncommon; 478 14-fret D-41's left the factory in 1971, listing at the then eye-popping figure of $850. This was still just over half the price of a D-45! Still over 5000 14-fret D-28's were made that year, as a comparison. This generally well preserved guitar from the D-41's second full production year features the finest woods and Martin's best craftsmanship of the era.
 
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a nice and generally well preserved example. The finish has some light checking overall and a few strum marks, scratches and small dinks on the top. The back and sides have a few scratches and scuffs but are clean overall. The heel has a filled strap button hole, but it and the neck are similarly clean, as is the peghead. The pickguard is a replacement for the original, made of black acetate, which likely began to shrink and curl up some time ago.

The neck has been cleanly reset and the original ebony bridge neatly reglued. With a big, booming sound and wide comfortable neck this is a great strumming or fingerstyle guitar. With 50 years of aging under its belt, this guitar has mellowed in nicely making for a great looking, fine playing guitar with a very powerful voice, especially for the era it was built in. This D-41 was designed as a showpiece and still delivers; it is absolutely the coolest 1971 Martin we have had! Excellent Condition.