Martin D-45S 1936 Authentic (2012)



The Martin D-45 is the undisputed king of the flat top guitars. It's the one guitar that everyone seems to know, and the one that everyone aspires to own. Martin made a total of 91 D-45's between the years 1933 and 1942 and then nothing until 1968. From then on Martin issued several variations of the '45, but nothing seemed to come close to the original ones in the terms of sound and accurate build specs. The Authentic Series is their answer to all the purists and collectors longing for instruments made the Old Way. 

This recreation of a 1936 D-45 was based entirely off the '36 that was in the Martin Museum in Nazareth, PA. It happens to be the one year where they made a slightly oversized dreadnought with a 16 1/4" lower bout. Need even more bass? This guitar has it. It also features the wider 1 3/4" neck width with a more robust V-profile carve. Everything about this guitar is robust and yet it all feels just right. Especially when you hear what it can do. With premium tone woods pulled from Martin's wood vaults, hide glue construction, and hundreds of man-hours spent to construct it, the 1936 D-45 produces nothing short of Martin acoustic magic.

The condition on this one is collector grade with no issues to report. Neck set, saddle height, and string action are all well within Martin specs. Here's a great opportunity to own a piece of Martin history at a pre-owned price. 





  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret (Large Body)
  • Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 45 Authentic
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard "X" Scalloped (Authentic Style) - Circa 1936
  • Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16"
  • Back Material: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
  • Back Purfling: Style 45 - Golden Era
  • Side Material: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
  • Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid in a Narrow 1936 Shape 45 Wedge
  • Endpiece Inlay: Solid Brazilian Rosewood and Black/Maple Fiber
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Top Inlay Style: Style 42
  • Side Inlay: Style 45
  • Back Inlay: Style 45
  • Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Authentic 1936 Barrel & Heel
  • Nut Material: Fossilized Ivory
  • Headstock: Solid/Diamond/1936 Taper
  • Headplate: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
  • Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4"
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Snowflakes - 1936 Authentic Style
  • Fingerboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
  • Finish Neck: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: Authentic Style Belly - Long Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16"
  • Saddle: 16" Radius/Long Fossilized Ivory
  • Tuning Machines: Waverly Gold 4060 w/Butterbean Knobs w/Hand Engraving
  • Bridge & End Pins: Ivory Colored Poly w/Select Pearl Dots
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: 545V Harptone Large Body

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