C. F. Martin D-45 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1975)

C. F. Martin  D-45 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1975)
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C. F. Martin D-45 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1975), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 361021, natural lacquer finish, Sitka spruce top, rosewood back & sides, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original molded blue plastic hard shell case.

This is a great example of Martin's top-of-the-line guitar in 1975 -- the D-45. This elaborate showpiece had been discontinued at the onset of WWII and revived due to public demand in 1969. It was a VERY expensive instrument by then, listing at over $2,000 in 1974, without case. As a result, all 192 of these splendid pearl-trimmed Dreadnoughts were sold that year, a paltry number compared to the over 6,000 D-28s issued that year alone!

With a lovely tight-grained Sitka spruce top and straight-grained Indian rosewood back and sides, this is a beautiful guitar, even discounting the superlative pearl trim on every edge, all hand cut and inlaid in the old style...no paper-thin ab-lam here! This is a very fine instrument in both looks and sound; indisputably the best Martin could make in 1975.
 
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.).

Overall this is a very clean instrument, showing only minor signs of wear. It appears to have had a neck reset (very nicely done) and the top of the bridge was taken down slightly, probably before that was done. There is some light finish disturbance on the upper side forward of the waist where a setlist was taped for a long time. The pickguard is a tortoise pattern replacement -- the 1970s original black acetate guards have usually curled up like potato chips by now and been removed. Other than these small points, the guitar is all original and superbly clean. A truly excellent player with crisp highs and plenty of depth and punch, much better-sounding than most 1970s Martin Dreadnoughts. Excellent + Condition.