Martin D-45S Authentic 1936 Acoustic Guitar

C.F. Martin Guitars

This Legendary Martin Dreadnought Delivers a Sound that is Bigger Than Life!

Martin Authentic Series guitars are modeled after immaculate examples of vintage Martin guitars kept in the Martin Museum. Meticulously reproduced vintage Martin Authentic Series instruments all feature historically accurate appointments and craftsmanship that remain true to the origins of these much sought-after instruments.

Based on the large-body D-45 in the Martin Museum, this Martin Authentic D-45S 1936 features an extra-wide 14-fret dreadnought body with a solid Adirondack Spruce top and authentic 1936 forward-shifted X-bracing treated with Martin’s VTS system, along with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Martin’s commitment to accuracy is so great that they actually had the original D-45S put under a CAT scan machine and X-rayed to be sure that they were true to every detail of the guitar!

The painstaking attention to detail has resulted in a Martin Dreadnought with all of the volume and richness that you would expect along with a special shimmer or sparkle that you won’t find in other dreadnoughts. Though the body size is technically larger than other dreadnoughts, people who have played and reviewed this amazing D-45S report that you can’t really tell the difference in terms of comfort, but you certainly can in terms of volume!  

The genuine Mahogany neck, like all Dreadnoughts from the late 30‘s, has period accurate girth which gives the authentic 1936 dreadnought increased volume and richness of tone. Featuring an Ebony fingerboard with 1936 Authentic Style Snowflake inlays, this D-45S has the look, tone and feel of the original that it is based upon.

Other accurate period specific appointments that you will find on this amazing D-45S replica include dovetail neck joint with hide glue construction, historically-accurate detailing, abalone multi-stripe inlay, abalone with multi-stripe hand-engraved Rosette, gold open gear tuners with butterbean knobs and real bone nut and saddle.


  • Body Size: D-14 Fret Large Body
  • Finish Top: Gloss
  • Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
  • Back & Side Finish: Gloss
  • Bracing Pattern: Authentic 1936 Forward-Shifted X-Brace
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Brace Shape: Scalloped
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1 3/4''
  • Top Material: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
  • Neck Shape: Authentic 1936
  • Back Material: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Neck Taper: Standard Taper
  • Side Material: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Electronics: Not Available
  • Recommended Strings: Authentic Acoustic Lifespan® 2.0 Light - 92/8 Phosphor Bronze MA540T 
  • Top Color: Clear
  • Bridge Style: Authentic Belly - Glue in Long Saddle
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2 5/16''
  • Top Inlay Material: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Top Detail: None
  • Bridge Pin Material: Faux Ivory
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Pattern
  • Bridge Pin Dots: Abalone
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Rosette: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Saddle Radius: 16"
  • Brace Material: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
  • Brace Size: 5/16"
  • Back Purfling/Strip: Style 45 Golden Era
  • Back Inlay Material: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Heel Cap: Grained Ivoroid
  • Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
  • Side Inlay Material: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Endpiece Inlay: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Finish Neck: Gloss
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/4''
  • Neck Color: Dark Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Inlay Style: 1936 Authentic Style Snowflakes
  • Number of Frets Total: 20, Neck Joins Body At 14th Fret
  • Fingerboard Inlay Material: Abalone
  • Fingerboard Binding Material: Grained Ivoroid
  • Side Dots: Faux Tortoise
  • Headstock Shape: Solid with 1936 Taper and Diamond
  • Tuning Machines: Gold Open Gear
  • Headplate Material: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Knob: Engraved Butterbean
  • Headplate Logo Style: 1936 Authentic Block Inlay
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headplate Binding Material: Ivoroid with Multi-Stripe
  • Case: Ply Hardshell
  • Left Handed Availability: Yes
  • Label: None
  • Pleked: No

Incredible Attention to Detail and the Best Possible Materials Make This Legendary Martin Dreadnought Replica Worth Every Cent!

Even the most experienced guitar players do double-takes and collectors drool when you just mention the ‘Holy Grail’ of Martin acoustic guitars, and this Martin D-45S Authentic 1936 delivers in every way. Whether you are talking about the legendary tone, incredible volume, gorgeous appointments or legendary collector’s value, this faithful replica of a Martin D-45S from 1936 much more than an expensive antique. This Martin D-45S closely recreates the look, feel and tone of the most famous Martin Dreadnought in history! 

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