C. F. Martin D-42AR Amazon Rosewood Acoustic Guitar (2007)

C. F. Martin  D-42AR Amazon Rosewood Acoustic Guitar  (2007)
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C. F. Martin D-42AR Amazon Rosewood Model Acoustic Guitar (2007), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 1211078, natural finish, Amazon Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, blue tolex hard shell case.

This 2007 Martin is one of the actually rare Amazon Rosewood D-42 AR limited edition guitars made that year. Unlike some so-called limited runs that consist of hundreds or even thousands of instruments these actually were quite limited; this is # 30 of only 35 produced. The features include Amazon Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack spruce top with scalloped, forward shifted Adirondack bracing, fossilized Ivory 1 3/4" nut and 2 5/16" saddle, grained Ivoroid binding, gold Waverly tuners and elaborate inlay including leaf swirl patterns on the bridge and fretboard extension. The label is signed by C.F. Martin IV.

Amazon Rosewood is a rarely encountered tonewood, as close in character to the traditional Brazilian rosewood as one is likely to find. Here's what Martin said about it at the time:

"Amazon rosewood (botanical name: Dalbergia spruceana) is from Brazil, and there is very little documentation available...the trees rarely grow large enough to produce material of suitable size and quality for acoustic guitar backs and sides and it is quite scarce. The species has a very wide range of colors and grain appearance making it difficult to match backs and sides. The species is heavier than Brazilian rosewood and East Indian rosewood, so these guitars were built slightly thinner. After purchasing enough for 100 sets, we inspected the material according to our specifications and only accepted enough wood for about 70 sets. After processing and matching, we only had enough sets to make a limited edition of 50 guitars - 30 D42AR and 20 OM42AR."

This D-42 is one of them, and with 15 years of settling in is now a huge sounding guitar, one of the very finest recent Martins to come into the shop. The original list price on this instrument 15 years ago was $9999.00, complete in the original deluxe blue Geib 545 case.
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 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

The guitar shows very little use since new, with only some very minor handling marks and remains completely crack free, with no alterations or repairs since it left Nazareth well over a decade ago. It has kept all of it's original appointments, from binding and pearl inlay, to ebony bridge, fingerboard, fret wire, fossil ivory nut and saddle. The original gold-plated Waverly tuners are in perfect shape, and the pearl inlayed bridge pins and end pin compliment the guitar's overall aesthetic. Despite being a more modern Martin, this D-42 has all of the projection and tone one would expect from a rosewood dreadnought made many decades before. The guitar is housed in the original blue tolex hardshell case. Near Mint Condition.