Martin D42 Special - Natural


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Why Buy From N Stuff Music

In conjunction with former Martin employee Dick Boak, Martin Guitar is proud to introduce a stunning high-end Dreadnought model: the D-42 Special. The idea for this model began nearly 25 years ago when Martin installed its first laser engraving machine, and Boak began experimenting with various ways to utilize it. Boak created an intricate pen and ink illustration of a complex floral design that was meant to be laser engraved into a tortoise pickguard, but the material proved unable to be safely engraved. Fast-forward 23 years, Boak came across his original illustration and thought it would make a beautiful piece if inlaid with pearl. He was right! Working with Bill Seymour and Jeremy Chism at Pearlworks, the trio modified the artwork to allow for the detailed pearl inlay work. The resulting prototype won the approval of Chris Martin IV, who asked Boak to expand the design to the fingerboard and headstock. The model also features premium-grade East Indian rosewood back and sides, with the highest grade of Sitka spruce selected for the soundboard. Scalloped forward-shifted X-bracing ensures the open projection for which Martin guitars are prized. Additional vintage-inspired appointments include antique white bindings; abalone inlay along the perimeter of the top, fingerboard extension, and rosette; a full gloss finish with top aging toner; and nickel open-gear tuning machines with butterbean knobs.

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Body Size: D-14 Fret
Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint
Bracing Pattern: Forward Shifted X Brace
Brace Shape: Scalloped
Top Material: Sitka Spruce
Back Material: East Indian Rosewood
Side Material: East Indian Rosewood
Top Finish: Gloss
Back and Sides Finish: Gloss
Scale Length: 25.4"
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1 3/4"
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Neck Taper: High Performance Taper
Binding: Antique White
Top Inlay Material: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
Pickguard: Black Acrylic
Rosette: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
Bridge Style: Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2 5/32"
Bridge Material: Ebony
Bridge Pin Material: White Plastic
Bridge Pin Dots: Abalone
Saddle: Compensated Bone
Saddle Radius: 16"
Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
Brace Size: 5/16"
Back Purfling/Strip: Style 45
Heelcap: Antique White
Endpiece: Antique White
Endpiece Inlay: Multi-Stripe
Back Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
Side Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
Neck Finish: Gloss
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret
Side Dots: Black
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2 1/8"
Fingerboard Inlay: Mother Of Pearl
Fingerboard Binding Material: Antique White
Headstock: Solid with Square Taper and Diamond
Headplate: Ebony
Headplate Logo Style: Custom Inlay
Tuning Machines: Nickel Open Gear
Knob: Butterbean
Headplate Binding Material: Antique White
Nut Material: White Tusq
Case: Ply Hardshell
Label: Paper Label Signed by CFM IV & Dick Boak, Numbered in Sequence with No Total

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