The first D-45 was custom built for legendary cowboy star Gene Autry in 1931. Today, the D-45 still holds the distinction of being the most costly and lavishly trimmed guitar in the standard Martin line. More than 900 individual pieces of abalone pearl inlay are hand filed, mitered and fitted into the bindings of the top, sides, back and rosette. Large "C.F. Martin" letter inlays, also of colorful abalone, adorn the headstock; abalone hexagon inlays are used as position markers on the bound ebony fingerboard. Pearl work alone requires more than 20 hours per guitar to complete. Martin's finest selection of tonewoods are used to build the D-45 -- tight, straight-grained Sitka spruce, bookmatched East Indian rosewood and genuine ebony. The tuning machines are gold plated enclosed Schallers. The D-45 truly represents the culmination of the guitar making art; a spectacular instrument in both sound and appearance.
CONSTRUCTION: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
ROSETTE: Style 45 - Maple and Black Fiber Inlays
TOP BRACING PATTERN: D OM
TOP BRACES: Scalloped 5/16''
BACK MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
BACK PURFLING: Style 45
SIDE MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
ENDPIECE: White Boltaron®
ENDPIECE INLAY: Black/White Boltaron®
BINDING: White Boltaron®
TOP INLAY STYLE: Abalone Pearl with Black/White/Black Inlays
SIDE INLAY: Abalone Pearl with Black/White/Black Inlays
BACK INLAY: Abalone Pearl with Black/White/Black Inlays
NECK MATERIAL: Solid Mahogany
NECK SHAPE: Low Profile
NUT MATERIAL: White Corian®
HEADPLATE: Solid East Indian Rosewood/C.F. Martin Block Letters Abalone Inlay
HEELCAP: White Boltaron®
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
SCALE LENGTH: 25.4''
# OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
# OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 11/16''
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 1/8''
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Style 45 Abalone Hexagon
FINGERBOARD BINDING: White Boltaron®/Mitered
FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss/ Dark Filler
FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss
FINISH NECK: Polished Gloss/ Dark Mahogany Stain/Dark Filler
BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
BRIDGE STYLE: Belly
BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/8''
SADDLE: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Micarta®
TUNING MACHINES: Schaller Gold w/ Large Knobs
RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin SP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze
BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/ Abalone Dots
PICKGUARD: I-03 Tortoise Color/Beveled and Polished
INTERIOR LABEL: none
OTHER OPTIONS: Available left-handed at no additional charge
OTHER COMMENTS: All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.
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