2008 Martin 00017 Custom - £1749

2008 Martin 00017 Custom

NEW ARRIVAL This is a great example of what Martin can do with a Custom build guitar. Other than 1 example built in 1951, the 17 series guitars were never available in a 000 size, and it’s interesting to hear how the larger body size responds with an all Mahogany body - it’s a fuller, deeper, richer sound. Also a gloss finish makes it really distinctive, particularly with the black and white body binding. There are classy touches such as an Ebony nut and black tusq saddle, keeping the retro vibe strong, with the Ebony tuner buttons bringing a modern touch. Even the silver Martin headstock logo makes the guitar stand out from the rest, a really cool touch. Adding to the collectability of this guitar, the label has been signed by C.F Martin IV. According to the paperwork only 7 guitars were brought into the UK, making this a real rarity. The guitar’s in excellent condition, looks. sounds and plays great, a definite future classic. It comes in it’s original Martin embossed hard case.

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1950 Martin D18 - £2999

1950 Martin D18

NEW ARRIVAL A 1950 D18 is quite a rare find, particularly at this price, and this example is excellent - one of the most surprising guitars I've played in quite a while. First of all we should discuss the look of the guitar - I don’t know whether the double pickguard was fitted to cover up wear patches from hard strumming, or just to make then guitar stand out in a crowd - but it really is distinctive looking. Then there’s the condition, Other than the obligatory pick guard crack, and one repaired back crack, it has a pro repaired headstock crack which has been good and tight for the last 25 years when it was done. Now the good stuff - the tone is deeper and richer than many equivalent guitars I've played, the Mahogany adds warmth when strumming, fingerstyle play is well balanced and articulate, and when soloing the smoothness of single notes is very impressive. The playing experience is very enjoyably too, the neck feels comfortable, and the fingerboard is really responsive. Altogether a seriously cool guitar and, when you consider cleaner examples go for nearly double, a more affordable option. It comes in a non original tweed hard case.

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1926 Martin 2-17 - £1999

1926 Martin 2-27

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1920's Martin Taropatch - £1399

1920's Martin Taropatch

NEW ARRIVAL The eight-string Taropatch (originally called the "Taro Patch fiddle") is one of the early Hawaiian forms of the ukulele. Comparatively few were ever made on the mainland, but the instrument was offered as part of C. F. Martin's early uke line from 1916 to 1931. With eight gut strings on a longer scale neck the Taropatch was considered harder to play than the simple uke, and was ordered in vastly smaller numbers. So to find a Style 2 is particularly rare - a triple bound top with single bound back, all Mahogany body and neck with Rosewood fingerboard. For an instrument that’s nearly 100 years old, it’s in good condition, with just a few repaired cracks, and in excellent playing condition. It comes in a non original 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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2014 Martin 00015 SM - £1199

2012 Martin 00015SM

SOLD The 00015SM is a 000 size, 12 fret, all Mahogany guitar. Tonally the Mahogany body gives a rich, warm tone, and the 000 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. The guitar is in excellent condition, with very little playwear anywhere to be seen. 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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1974 Martin D12-18 - £1399



ON HOLD 70's Martin D18's are know for having a wonderfully rich and warm 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 with a gentle V profile, and a very playable action. The guitar is all original and in good condition, it just has one side repair and a small neck repair that runs half the length of the first fret. It comes in a non original hard case.

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