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.
MODEL D-45 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® HEADSTOCK: Solid/Diamond/Tapered 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 CASE: 640 INTERIOR LABEL: none ELECTRONICS: optional OTHER OPTIONS: Available left-handed at no additional charge OTHER COMMENTS: All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.
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