Barely pre-owned Pre-War with just the right amount of aging
Just to be clear, no new guitar is going to sound like an old, vintage guitar. No matter how experienced a luthier may be, there's just no easy, cost-effective way to mimic the myriad changes that happen to guitars over 70 to 100 years. The aging process is far too complex. That said, one can approximate that vintage sound and pre-War has firmly established themselves as quite capable in that department.
This used 2021 Model D Mahogany is a fine example of their current level of craftsmanship.And without the heavy degree of distress they're often known for, the onus of credibility is firmly on tone. Does it sound like an old Martin? It's dry and punchy, strong in the bass with some nice "growl" and "honk" to it, so in that regard, it'll satisfy that vintage Martin itch. And it'll give any Martin Authentic a run for the money but the verdict is still out as to which is better. In the end, personal preference will always win out. This guitar satisfies on many levels and it just quite simply a fun guitar to own and make music on.
Condition is.... well...., lightly distressed.