1944 Martin 0-17 - £2399

1944 Martin 0-17

NEW ARRIVAL This is a rare find, there were fewer 0-17’s made than the better known 00-17’s, and such an early example is a real treat. The all Mahogany body gives warmth and depth to the woody tone, and the slightly smaller body than a 00 gives this guitar a more focused sound. Ideal for fingerpicking, this guitar has enough in the bass to handle strumming surprisingly well. The guitar is in well played condition, with lots of playwear, repaired top and back cracks, and side patches. The neck has a soft V profile and the action is very comfortable. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1974 Martin D35 - £2199

1974 Martin D35

NEW ARRIVAL The Martin D35 is similar to the more famous D28 - a dreadnought with Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides - only with a 3 piece Indian Rosewood back. What this does for the sound is add more bass, as the 3 piece back is stronger that the traditional 2 piece back, allowing the top bracing to be lighter and therefore resonate more. It has a bright, punchy sound with plenty of attack, and a tight controlled bass, and with 44 years of play it has matured really well. It's in very good condition for it's age, the top having turned a beautiful honey colour, and the three piece back has beautifully defined Rosewood grain. It's in all original condition, other than a changed tortoiseshell pickguard. It has a nicely bound ebony fingerboard, and a comfortable playing action. It comes in a later Martin hard case.

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2017 Martin 00017 Whiskey Sunset - £1349

2017 Martin 00017 Whiskey Sunset

NEW ARRIVAL The Martin 000-17 is a clever combination of a guitar with vintage looks and modern playability. It’s 000 body delivers rich low end, while giving each note a balance and clarity that works as a solo instrument or for accompanying your voice. The solid Sitka spruce top allows you to get maximum volume and power from your strings. The solid Mahogany back and sides ensure your tone stays even across the frequency range, while delivering plenty of warmth. And the Rosewood fretboard gives a great responsive feel while also contributing to the rich harmonic warmth of the guitar. At only 6 month old the guitar is in excellent condition, features an underside pickups and comes in it’s original hard case.

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1957 Martin 0018 - £2799

1957 Martin 0018

SOLD Late 50'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. The guitar is in very good, played condition, 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 low. The guitar is crack free, with just a filled jack socket on the lower bout and some wear marks on the back. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1993 Martin OM21 - £1799

1993 Martin OM21

SOLD The OM21 features a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. This gives the guitar amazing projection and clarity. While it's great for strumming this guitar really comes into its own when finger picking. The tone is bright and rich with plenty of character however hard or soft you play. The bone nut and saddle, and Martin’s classic scalloped X-bracing are signs of a high end instrument. The tortoiseshell pickguard and aged toner are the perfect finishing touches. The guitar is in excellent condition for a 25 year old guitar, and the tone has matured beautifully over those years. It comes in it's original Martin embossed hard case.

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2011 Martin Custom 000 - £1499

2011 Martin Custom 000

The Martin Custom 000 is essentially a twist on the 000-28. It has the same solid wood construction, with Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides. A tortoiseshell pickguard rather than black. Gold hardwear rather than silver. Single body binding rather than multiple, and no centre back stripe. Other than that it looks, feels and plays like the most famous fingerpicking Martin, but at a more affordable price. Tonally the balance is very even, with a full bass, clear mids, and punchy trebles. The neck has a very comfortable soft V profile with easy playing action. The guitar is in excellent condition, with just a few signs of light playwear, and comes in it’s original Martin embossed hard case.

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2005 Martin 00028 - £2099

2005 Martin 00028

The Martin 000-28 is often described as the ultimate fingerstyle guitar. This example is in excellent condition, the Spruce top has started to mature and turn a beautiful 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 no cracks or repairs, with only light playwear that you'd expect from a 13 year old guitar. 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. It would make the perfect studio guitar, great for close micing, beautifully balanced with great definition. The guitar has an active under saddle pickup fitted, with tone and volume controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it's original Martin embossed hard case.

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1944 Martin 0017 - £2399

1944 Martin 0017

This is an all Mahogany, 00 size guitar, the model famously played by Bob Dylan. Tonally it has a rich, deep tone, very resonant with a surprisingly full sound when strummed, and great sustain and single note clarity when fingerpicked. The neck feels very comfortable with a gentle V profile. The guitar is in good, refinished condition, with a couple of crack repairs. It must have once had tone and volume controls mounted on the top, as two plugs are visible, but have been done so well you don’t notice them until you really look hard. It has the kind of tone, feel and character that you can only find in a guitar that's been played for 70 plus years. 0017’s from this era tend to go for in excess if £4000, so this is a much more affordable example. It comes in a vintage, but non original hard case.

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2009 Martin OMCE Korina - £1999

2009 Martin OMCE Korina

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

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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2003 Martin D35 - £1999

2003 Martin D35

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

SOLD 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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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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2016 Martin D15 Special Centennial - £1099

2016 Martin D15 Special

SOLD 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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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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