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

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1973 Martin D35 - £2199

1973 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 46 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, has a nicely bound ebony fingerboard, and a comfortable playing action, and comes in it’s original Martin embossed hard case.

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1999 Martin 00028VS - £2499

1999 Martin 00028VS

NEW ARRIVAL Martin's Vintage Series has attracted great plaudits, and this guitar shows you why. Harking back to Martin’s historical predecessors, this is an 000 size 12 fret guitar with a Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides. It’s scallop braced, with Herringbone trim, and a slot headstock. It also features an Ebony fretboard and pyramid bridge, plus bone nut and saddle, and Waverley tuners. The guitar has 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. It would make the perfect studio guitar, great for close mic-ing, beautifully balanced with great definition. The guitar is in excellent condition and comes in it's original deluxe Martin 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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2006 Martin D18VS - £1899

2006 Martin D18VS

NEW ARRIVAL From Martin's Vintage Series - this is a dreadnought body size 12 fret guitar with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. It’s scallop braced, with a slot headstock, and features an Ebony fretboard and bridge, plus bone nut and saddle, and Waverley tuners. 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 Mahogany back and sides provide that famous Martin woody tone, and the fact that the body meets the neck at the 12th fret adds a big airy bass response not found in 14-fret dreadnoughts. It’s capable of both bright and punchy tones, yet quite complex and able to handle the most subtle of playing styles. The guitar is in very good condition, with a repaired hairline crack on the lower bout, bass side. It has a K and K pickup installed and comes in it's original deluxe Martin hard case.

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1980 Martin D28 - £1999

1980 Martin D28

SOLD With 60’s D28’s becoming very expensive because of the scarcity of Brazilian Rosewood, later vintage examples are now much more sought after. This is a fine example, it’s 39 years of play have given the guitar a richer, fuller bodied tone than more recent examples. It’s a very versatile guitar, handling all playing styles, from heavy strumming, through flat picking, to delicate fingerstyle. The resonance and sustain are very noticeable, and the tone is superbly balanced. The guitar is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, and comes in a very desirable 70’s Martin powder blue hard case.

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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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