2005 Martin 00015 - £1149

2005 Martin 00015

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1972 Martin D35 - £2199

1972 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 balanced 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 46 years old it’s matured beautifully. Visually the Spruce top has turned 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 comfortable. The guitar is in excellent, all original condition, with just very light playwear, and the pickguard has curled up a little. The guitar comes in it's original Martin hard case.

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2005 Martin 0018V - £2199

2005 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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2001 Martin 00016GT - £1099

2001 Martin 00016GT

SOLD The 16 range was introduced to offer a more affordable way of buying an all solid USA made Martin. This example is a gloss top version, based on the Martin 000-18, considered to be of of the best fingerstyle guitars. The guitar is in excellent condition, the Spruce top has started to mature and turn a beautiful golden colour, the Mahogany back and sides are well figured, and the neck feels very comfortable to play with good playing action. There are no cracks or repairs, and only light playwear that you'd expect from a 18 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 - beautifully balanced with great definition. The guitar comes in it's original Martin embossed 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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2005 Martin 00028 - £1999

2005 Martin 00028

SOLD 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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1973 Martin D35 - £2199

1973 Martin D35

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, with no cracks or repairs. It has a nicely bound ebony fingerboard, and a comfortable playing action. It comes in it’s original Martin 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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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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