2014 Martin D35E Retro - £2499

2014 Martin D35E Retro

NEW ARRIVAL With the Retro series of guitars, Martin have taken a ‘doner’ guitar that they think represents the classic tone of that particular model, and tried to replicate it both acoustically and amplified. With the D35 they’ve used a 1967 example, and tried to capture it’s tone and character. They’ve used a European Spruce soundboard with thin 1/4" width bracing, and 3 piece Indian Rosewood back, and coupled that with a High Performance Neck taper for easy action and enhanced playability. Unplugged it has a real bite to it’s tone with great clarity and excellent low end response. Plugged in they’ve used electronic imaging contributed from the 1967 vintage D-35 "donor" guitar, giving a very accurate vintage tone. The guitar is in excellent condition, and comes in it’s original hard case.

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2004 Martin HD28V - £2199

2004 Martin HD28V

NEW ARRIVAL If you consider the Martin D28 to be the classic Spruce / Rosewood dreadnought, then the HD28 is a step above this - the Herringbone binding adding a very distinctive touch of class, and the scalloped bracing allowing the top to resonate more. The HD28V recreates the vintage spec of this famous model, featuring forward shifted scalloped X bracing, open back butterbean tuners, aged toner and a soft V profile neck. This guitar has excellent clarity and definition, with greater attack and sustain. It works well for all styles, from heavy strumming to flatpicking and fingerstyle. At 15 years old, the tone has matured really well, and the guitar is in very good condition, with a repaired centre seam crack, and has a very comfortable feeling neck. It has a Fishman blend pickup system fitted with controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it’s original hard case.

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2005 Martin D18V - £2199

2005 Martin D18V

SOLD This Martin D18V has all the high end characteristics associated with a vintage D18, plus 15 years of play which has added maturity to the tone. It features a Sitka Spruce top, which is a very powerful sounding tonewood, and solid Mahogany back and sides, which rounds out the Spruce's power, adding just the right amount of warmth to the sound. It also features forward shifted scalloped bracing which make the guitar very resonant with lots of sustain. Visually the guitar has all the signs of a very classy instrument - aged toner on the top, Tortoiseshell pickguard and binding, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, and a modified V profile neck. It’s in excellent condition, just a few light nicks and dings, and has an LR Baggs active underside pickup with a volume control mounted inside the soundhole, in it’s original hard case.

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2006 Martin Ditson III - £2599

2006 Martin Ditson

SOLD This special edition Martin Ditson 111 is based on the first dreadnought guitar ever designed by Martin for the Oliver Ditson company in 1916. It has an Adirondack Spruce top with aged toner, Mahogany back and sides, and a modified V-shape 12-fret Mahogany neck with a slotted headstock. It features a tortoise pickguard, Ebony fingerboard and pyramid bridge, and engraved Waverly Sloane tuners with ivoroid buttons. The label is even signed by CF Martin IV. Playing the guitar is a very different experience, the body is about 1” longer than a modern dreadnought, and the neck is 1 7/8” at the nut. But if you can handle that, it’s one of the most responsive guitars I’ve played. The Adirondack top on this guitar gives off such great volume and power without sacrificing clarity even at higher decibels. You can get lost in the choir and complexity of tones. A seriously versatile guitar, it can handle the most gentle strumming and delicate fingerstyle to hard picked attack - country chords, jazz melodies, or bluegrass open runs. The guitar’s in excellent condition, with just signs of light playwear, and comes in it’s original deluxe Martin hardcase.

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1999 Martin D12-28 - £1599

1999 Martin D12-28

Martin D28's are know for having a wonderfully rich and resonant tone, so a 12 string version is quite amazing sounding. Hit a G chord and the sound fills the room, ringing beautifully and sustaining for ages. As a dreadnought the bass is full, but this guitar sounds great right across the bandwidth. It has a very comfortable neck, and a very playable action. The guitar is all original and in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, and has an underside pickup installed. It comes in it’s original hard case.

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2005 Martin 00015 - £1149

2005 Martin 00015

This is an American made, all Mahogany, Martin 000 size guitar in excellent condition. The all Mahogany body gives a rich, warm sound and the 000 size body means the bass and treble response are evenly balanced. Overall the guitar plays very well, looks really distinctive, and is hugely versatile working well for both strumming and fingerstyle. The guitar has a B Band underside pickup fitted with volume and tone controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1944 Martin 0-17 - £2399

1944 Martin 0-17

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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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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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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