The first and only pre-War Martin D-42 was made in 1934 for radio star, Tex Fletcher. This super rare guitar now sits in the Martin Museum. Over 5 decades later, Chris Martin IV personally designed this commemorative D-42LE for their Guitar of the Month series. Limited to 75 total, this one is #5 in the series.
Chris's version has the same top features of the D-45 with some personal touches dear to CF including highly colored abalone pearl hexagonal fingerboard and bridge inlays, low profile mahogany neck, scalloped bracing with forward shifted X (1" from soundhole). The other unique touch is that the underside of the top is signed by Chris and all of the shop foremen that worked on the guitar.
The condition is excellent having been owned by a collector since the late 80's and pretty much cased up all of these years. This is a very cool model and the build quality stands as an early example of Martin slowly beginning to embrace and celebrate their pre-War roots.
- Sitka spruce top
- Indian rosewood back and sides
- 1 11/16" nut width
- Low profile solid mahogany neck
- Satin finish neck
- Black 80's period molded plastic case
- Case candy (letter signed by CF Martin, model lit., photos etc)