The new Martin D-45 Authentic is a powerhouse guitar built to exacting specifications based on a 1942 D-45 that Martin now showcases in their Museum Collection. Only 91 of these were made orginally prior to WWII and they are the "Holy Grails" of the vintage guitar world. There's every good reason to project that these new Authentics will be equally coveted by tomorrow's collector.
The guitar has some interesting features that separate it from D-45's made in the last few decades. For one, Martin is using a slightly thinner Adirondack spruce top (.105" versus .120") with rear-shifted scalloped x-bracing while also thinning the rosewood backs just a bit. That and the 100% hot hide glue construction give these guitars an enormous tonal strength while keeping the overall resonance light and airy.
Other Authentic features are the ebony, non-adjustable truss rod, solid pearl inlays (no Abalam on these puppies), and premium, old-growth Brazilian back and sides. The beveled tortoise pickguard is applied under the thin nitrocellulose polished lacquer finish. Bridge pins, end pin, nut and saddle are all made from premium fossilized ivory.
All of these features and attention to minute details coalesce into one of the finest Martin reissues ever made. This guitar replicates the look, feel, sound, power and the essence of a pre-War Martin D-45--and with what's absolutely the finest-looking set of Brazilian Rosewood we've seen on a new Martin guitar.