Description2018 saw the advent of Martin's Reimagined series. This 1985 Martin D-45V stands as a fine example of what we like to call Martin's "reawakening" period. After seeing the success of the back-to-basics HD-28 of the late 1970's, Martin realized the value and market potential of building guitars that were truer in spec to their pre-War models. And while not quite at today's Authentic level of accuracy, many of the limited runs from the mid- to late 80's captured much of the essence of Martin's Golden Era guitars.
This D-45V is one of their earliest "Vintage" series guitars. Built in very limited quantities and of exceptional materials, it has a lightness of build and attention to detail. The finer details, like the skillfully executed mitered abalone around the end strip, are evidence that the old crew was still at the helm. And it's also in the sound! Granted, it's been under tension for the last 35 years, but I have a feeling this guitar sounded pretty damn good right out fo the gate. Forward-shifted scalloped bracing and a tightly grained sitka top paired with Brazilian make for a very responsive guitar with the right balance of metallic brilliance and sparkle. The Brazilian is exceptional and has the color and mostly quarter sawn grain of some older growth sets we've seen very sparingly from modern Martins.
The condition is excellent although it very recently had some Minor center seam separation that was expertly repaired by a local Martin tech. It's visible in the right light but not glaring and it's a solid, tight repair. Otherwise, everything is right with excellent action, a healthy neck set and plenty of saddle height showing.
- Sitka Spruce top
- Brazilian rosewood back and sides
- Red tortoise pick guard under finish
- Forward-shifted scalloped Bracing
- Label signed by Cf Martin III & IV
- 1 11/16" Nut width
- 2 5/16" Bridge Spacing
- Black Molded Fiberglass Case