2012 Martin 0018V - £1799

2012 Martin 0018V

NEW ARRIVAL From Martin's Vintage Series - this is an 00 size guitar with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. It’s scallop braced, with tortoiseshell binding, Ebony fretboard and bridge, plus bone nut and saddle, vintage style open-geared tuners, and aged toner on top. All of these appointments are signs of real quality, and the Martin Vintage Series are very accurate reproductions of their historical predecessors. Tonally it's fantastic, the Sitka spruce has a wide tonal range with great projection making it hugely versatile, capable of both bright and punchy tones, yet quite complex and able to handle the most subtle of playing styles. The guitar’s in excellent condition and is a dream to play. It comes in it's original deluxe Martin hard case.

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2009 Martin OMCE Korina - £1899

2009 Martin OMCE Korina

NEW ARRIVAL 2009 in the only year Martin produced the OMCE with Korina back and sides. It’s a rare and distinctive looking tone wood - dark and beautifully grained, producing a rich, resonant sound. The OM body size is one of Martin’s most popular, often described as the best for fingerstyle, and the cutaway on this model allows greater fret access. This guitar features premium quality Engleman Spruce top, a mid sized body, and 1-3/4 nut size, which gives greater string spacing for a better playing experience. It has an Ebony fingerboard and bridge, Grover tuners, scalloped bracing, herringbone trim, abalone rosette, and a classic style pick guard. Tonally it's fantastic, hugely versatile, capable of both bright and punchy tones, yet quite complex and able to handle the most subtle of playing styles - beautifully balanced with great definition. At only 8 years old the guitar is in excellent condition, with only the faintest signs of playwear. It comes fitted with a D-Tar "Wave Length" pickup, which gives lots of options when plugging in and the 18 volt onboard preamp does a great job of eliminating the dreaded "quack" tone that plagues so many acoustic pickups. The guitar comes in it's original Martin embossed hard case.

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1980 Martin D37K - £1999

1980 Martin D37 K

NEW ARRIVAL This is one of my favourite Martin models, though quite a rare one being only made between 1980 - 1995, making this from the first year of issue. It's a dreadnought with Spruce top and flamed Koa back and sides - adding to it's rarity is that Koa is only grown in Hawaii and therefore in short supply. The aged Koa wood really makes a difference to the sound, ultra crisp clear high end with beautiful sustain, mellow mid range and a really deep bass. The gorgeous wood grain with high gloss finish just makes this high end Martin stand out from the crowd. The guitar is all original, in very good condition with the sort of playwear you'd expect from a 37 year old guitar, with two professional top crack repairs. Once you pick up the guitar it's very difficult to put back down, the action is great and the tone just beautiful - this guitar demands to be played. It comes in it’s original Marin embossed hard case.

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1994 Martin D1-R - £599

1994 Martin D1-R

NEW ARRIVAL This is a great chance to buy a Martin dreadnought acoustic for a lot less than you'd expect. The 1 series was introduced to make a classic American made acoustic more affordable, it features a solid Spruce top, with Rosewood back and sides, and has that classic Martin feel. It has a rich full sound, well balanced and capable of handling heavy strumming with a room filling sound, yet equally happy being fingerpicked and responsive enough when played delicately - it really is a great all rounder. This 1994 model is in good condition, with just a few minor dings and marks from general playwear, plus more noticeable strumming marks below the pickguard. The neck feels very smooth and easy to play, and the guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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2003 Martin D35 - £1999

2003 Martin D35

NEW ARRIVAL A lot of people consider the Martin D35 to be a deluxe version of a D28, which is arguably the benchmark Spruce / Rosewood dreadnought. Tonally it has a very complex sound, great depth and resonance, plenty of punch and attack, and well balance with superbly articulated clarity. Dreadnoughts are considered to be the most versatile acoustic guitars, and this example sounds great strummed or fingerpicked, and great definition and sustain when soloing. Quite simply it's a classic, and at 14 years old it's beginning to open up really well. Visually the Spruce top has started to turn a golden honey colour, and the Indian Rosewood back and sides are dark and well grained. From a playability point of view, this guitar is a treat, the neck has a great feel to it, and the action is just right. The guitar is in excellent, all original condition, with just very light playwear, and comes in it's original Martin hard case.

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1973 Martin 00028 - £1599

1973 Martin 00028

NEW ARRIVAL The Martin 000-28 is a classic, one of the most versatile fingerstyle guitars around. This guitar is a real find, early 70's examples don't turn up very often, and 60's examples are out of most peoples price bracket. It's in excellent condition, the Spruce top has matured beautifully into a dark golden colour, the Indian Rosewood back and sides are beautifully figured, and the neck feels very comfortable to play with good playing action. The guitar has a professional neck repair which has been lacquered and oversprayed so it’s impossible to feel, and the body has light playwear that you'd expect from a 44 year old guitar. It has a fantastic ability to project sound with little to no effort at all, vastly increasing the dynamic range of the instrument - perfect for guitarist who requires a guitar that can articulate the nuances of their playing most accurately. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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2016 Sigma 00M-15S - £249

2016 Sigma 00M-15S

NEW ARRIVAL Sigma guitars are made in China then shipped to Martin & Co in the US for inspection and set up before being sold - so this is a great chance to buy a Martin approved acoustic guitar for a fraction of the price of a US made Martin. This guitar is the equivalent to a 0015SM and has a solid Mahogany top with Mahogany back and sides. Tonally the Mahogany body gives a rich, warm tone, and the 00 size body means the bass and treble response are very well balanced. With the slot headstock, and the neck joining the body at the 12th fret, the guitar has a shorter scale; this gives the strings greater tension which provide the guitar with more resonance and sustain. Overall the guitar plays very easily, looks really distinctive, and is hugely versatile working well for both strumming and fingerstyle. At only a year old the guitar is in excellent condition, and comes in it's original deluxe gig bag.

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2006 Martin D28 - £1699

2006 Martin D28

SOLD A lot of people consider the Martin D28 to be the benchmark Spruce / Rosewood dreadnought. Tonally it has a very complex sound, great depth and resonance, plenty of punch and attack, and well balanced with superbly articulated clarity. Dreadnoughts are thought to be the most versatile acoustic guitars, and this example sounds great strummed or fingerpicked, with great definition and sustain when soloing. Quite simply it's a classic, and at 11 years old it's starting to mature really well. Visually the Spruce top has turned a warm honey colour, and the Indian Rosewood back and sides are dark and beautifully grained. From a playability point of view, this guitar is a treat, the neck has a great feel to it, and the action is easy. The guitar is in excellent condition with very light playwear, and comes in it’s original Martin embossed hard case.

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1926 Martin 2-17 - £1999

1926 Martin 2-27

SOLD It’s rare to find a Martin guitar from the 20’s, let alone one under £3000. The 5-17 is an all Mahogany guitar, sized somewhere between a parlour and an 0. It feels as light as a feather, yet the volume it produces is quite surprising. The 12 fret join gives greater resonance, making it a really versatile instrument. Clearly at home with fingerstyle and flat picking, it even strums well. As a 91 year old guitar, you might be nervous to play it live, but it feels strong enough to go for another 91. The neck feels very comfortable with a gentle V profile, and really is a fingerpicker's dream. It has three repairs - a back patch, a neck repair, and a side crack repair - all done professionally - I've had my luthier check them out, and the repairs are strong. The guitar comes in a non original, but very cool vintage hard case.

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2005 Martin HD35 - £2249

2005 Martin HD35

NEW ARRIVAL If you want a great bass response and lots of sustain, then a Martin HD35 may be the guitar for you. With a 3 piece Indian Rosewood back the guitar has plenty of punch and clarity, plus a tight controlled bass, not too boomy but really powerful, and the scalloped bracing allows the top to move more adding greater resonance than a standard D35. The guitar works well for all styles, from heavy strumming to flatpicking and fingerstyle. At 12 years old, the guitar has matured really well, the top has turned a warm honey colour, and the back and sides are beautifully figured, the three pice back contrasting really well. The guitar is in excellent, all original condition, very clean, and has a very comfortable feeling neck. The guitar comes in it's original hard case.

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2016 Martin D15 Special Centennial - £1099

2016 Martin D15 Special

NEW ARRIVAL To celebrate the centenary of Martin dreadnought guitars in 2016, Martin have produced a limited edition D15 with special appointments. The body has a Sitka Spruce top, the Indian Rosewood fingerboard features Abalone Golden Era Style/ Diamonds & Squares, and the headstock has Grover tuners with Butterbean knobs. The Spruce topped Mahogany body gives a rich, warm sound and the dreadnought size body gives a lovely bass response without being overpowering. Overall the guitar plays very well, looks really distinctive, and is hugely versatile working well for both strumming and fingerstyle. The guitar in in practically unplayed condition, and has an active underside pickup fitted with volume and tone controls mounted inside the soundhole. It comes in it's original Martin hard case.

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1933 Martin S1 Ukelele - £599

1933 Martin S1 Ukelele

NEW ARRIVAL Since 1916 Martin has crafted high quality, all Mahogany ukuleles. This instrument is a rare find for a true ukulele enthusiast. Martin ukuleles are amongst the most sought after player ukuleles and continue to be considered the players choice with enthusiasts and recording musicians. This example is a Martin Soprano Ukulele in all original condition. It features all Mahogany construction with a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. It has excellent presence with deep lows and a balanced mid range - it really packs a punch. The uke is in very condition, with just a couple of repaired back cracks, and features the CF Martin stamp inside the soundhole as well the traditional headstock logo. It comes in a high quailty, Martin embossed gig bag.

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1988 Martin D41 - £2799

1988 Martin D41

SOLD A lot of people consider the Martin D28 to be the benchmark Spruce / Rosewood dreadnought - well the D41 is even better, a deluxe version made with higher grade tonewoods and only by the top Martin luthiers, with the very distinctive abalone binding and inlays. This guitar is a fine example - 29 years old and aged beautifully in sound and appearance. Tonally it has a very complex sound, great depth and resonance, plenty of punch and attack, and well balanced with superbly articulated clarity. Dreadnoughts are considered to be the most versatile acoustic guitars, and this example sounds great strummed, flatpicked or fingerpicked, and has great definition and sustain when soloing. Quite simply it's a classic. Visually the Spruce top has matured to a golden honey colour and the Indian Rosewood back and sides are dark and beautifully grained. The guitar is in excellent condition, all original, with just a few light dings, and there are no cracks or repairs. From a playability point of view, this guitar is a treat, the neck has a great feel to it, and the action is just right. It comes in it's original Martin hard case.

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1989 Martin J40M - £2199

1989 Martin J40 M

The J40M was only produced between 1985 - 89 with scalloped bracing, before being renamed the J40 with standard bracing, making this era model highly desirable. This is a jumbo body with dreadnought depth, therefore it has the bass and volume of an HD-28 with the midrange articulation of a 000-28. It has the deluxe appointments of a 40 series Martin including beautiful hexagonal abalone inlays, and Ebony fingerboard and bridge. This body style is also known as 0000, with a sound that has been described by many as powerful yet piano-like. A strong strummer yet when fingerpicked it articulates each string and note very well. Very loud and powerful across the spectrum, this is a guitar that is loud but also tone-ful. In excellent condition, there are no cracks or repairs, just some light lacquer checking. The guitar is in all original condition, with the addition of a bridge doctor, which was installed to prevent the top from bellying, and has worked very well - this could easily be removed. It comes in it’s original hard case.

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1949 Martin 0018 - £2799

1949 Martin 0018

SOLD Late 40's 0018's are pretty difficult to find, and this example is excellent - one of the most surprising guitars I've played in quite a while. It works very well with fingerstyle play, well balanced and articulate, but also for strumming where the Mahogany adds warmth and depth that you may not associate with a smaller bodied guitar, and when soloing the smoothness of single notes is very impressive. Clearly the guitar has been played hard all it's life, and has only benefited from this - the tone is deeper and richer than many equivalent guitars I've played. The playing experience is very enjoyably too, the neck feels very comfortable, the fingerboard really responsive, and the action just right. There are several back crack repairs, plus the guitar once had two pick guards fitted, the traces of which are just visible. It comes in a non original hard case.

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