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 tonewoods in this Martin Authentic D-45S Aged 1936 were first authentically aged to sound like they have been played on for 80 years, and then treated with Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) which ages the timbers to a specific time period, in this case the Depression Era, when so many of Martin’s most sought after instruments were originally manufactured.
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.
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 is a newly construction masterpiece that closely recreates the look, feel and tone of the most famous Martin Dreadnought in history!