The Martin D-45 sits atop the Martin Product Line, as is. This one built in the Custom Shop, truly takes things to the next level with tone woods from around globe. Guatemalan Rosewood, Adirondack Spruce, African Ebony, European Maple, and Mahogany come together to make a superior tone machine. We also had them build this model with Sloped Shoulder's for a more Gibson-esque approach. Finished in Ambertone, our favorite Martin sunburst, this is an absolutely stunning instrument in all regards!
This guitar produces incredibly rich tone with excellent harmonics and overtones. Even for an acoustic instrument, it has great sustain. The low end is full and rich without being dominant, retaining excellent definition. The highs are smooth and sweet with bell-like sparkle and chime. The Mids, like on all dreadnaught sized guitars from Martin are a bit scooped but still add a punchy quality to it's overall tonal palette. This is a great guitar for all styles of players and music, from fingerpickers to flat pickers, country to jazz.... when a guitar sounds great, the genre don't matter! The Performing Artist neck profile is well designed and easy to play. Mimicking other very easy to play neck profiles, this neck will allow for hours of practice or performance.
A wealth of aesthetic touches take this guitar to the next level. We have European Flamed Maple for all the binding, both on the body and the neck. We also have a 45 Style Inlay made from Select Abalone. This material runs on every 90 degree angle on the guitar giving it unparalleled beauty. The Style 45 Hexagon fingerboard inlay is also made from Select Abalone and practically makes the fretboard gleam. A black ebony fingerboard and bridge add a stark contrast to the glowing inlay work. Heck, even the white bridge pins are inlaid with Paua Dots. You simply won't find a nicer Martin D-45 with more Custom appointments! Stop by the Music Gallery and experience a number of Martin Custom Shop models along with many of their standard guitars!
Martin Custom Shop
Dovetail Neck Joint
Sloped Shoulder D-14 Fret
Top: Adirondack Spruce
Adirondack Braces/ Scalloped 5/16" / Golden Era
Top Binding: European Flamed Maple
Top Inlay: .042" B/M/B Fiber
Top Pearl: Style 42 - .064" Select Abalone
Rosette: 45 Style
Pearl Inlay: .064" Select Abalone - 5 Piece
Additional Rosette Inlay: Black / Maple Fiber
Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
Back: Guatemalan Rosewood
Back Panels: 2 Piece
Purfling: Style 45 Mosaic Pattern w/ Thick Black Strip on each side