The Martin D-42 Sinker Mahogany is a very rare guitar indeed! Only 15 of these fine instruments will be made.
Its back and sides are crafted of old-growth Belize mahogany salvaged from logs submerged in Belizean rivers for over 100 years. Their history is fascinating. During the 19th Century, the British exported vast amounts of Belize mahogany using the Belizean rivers to transport the logs. Some of the denser mahogany logs sunk to the river bottom, and have only recently been recovered. The same density that caused these logs to sink makes them excellent tonewood for guitar building – highly sound reflective, tight grain, and beautiful under finish. Based on D-42 “Golden Era” specifications and appointments, the Sinker guitar features a premium Adirondack spruce top and scalloped Adirondack 5/16″ bracing assembled with traditional hide glue. The top and rosette are inlaid with colorful green paua pearl (with mitered corners) and bound with Madagascar rosewood, as is the back binding, endpiece, fingerboard binding, headstock, and heelcap. The headplate, also Madagascar rosewood, is inlaid with an alternate “Torch” pattern of select abalone pearl. Ebony is used for the fingerboard and bridge. Gold engraved tuners.
|Serial Number||1620899, built during 2012 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA. This is #10 of 15 made.|
|Pricing||Avaialble on request. SOLD|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with madagascar-rosewood bound ebony fingerboard. Bound Madagascar rosewood headplate with abalone inlay. ‘Golden Era’ 45 type snowflake position markers using abalone set in mother of pearl borders. Scale length is 25.4″ and the nut width is 1.75″. Modified V neck profile.|
|Frets||14-fret neck, 20 frets total. Standard Martin narrow wire.|
|Body||D-size body with sinker mahogany back and sides, adirondack spruce top. The top and back are bound, and the top is purfled with abalone inlay. The rosette inlay is Green Paua.|
|Finish||Gentle brown sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish.|
|Hardware/electronics||Gold inlaid Martin-branded open gears, ebony bridge with snowflake inlays, bone nut and saddle. Faux Tortoise pickguard.|
|Playability/Action||Plays wonderfully with that warm, full Martin sound, right out of the case. We will of course set the instrument up for the player.|
|Case||Martin deluxe blue case included.|