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Martin CS D-12 Sitka/EIR Acoustic Guitar #1892167 - Used  From Martin

A custom shop Martin 12-fret dread with a Sitka Spruce top and East Indian Rosewood back and sides.


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Condition: Used, Very Good

I love a 12-fret dread, and this Martin Custom Shop build only confirms that admiration. The stripped-down look lends this guitar a handsome workhorse aesthetic, with ivoroid button tuners and binding, a 28-style back strip and minimal mother-of-pearl dots the only bits of flash. All that minimalism seems intent to make a fine point: This guitar is meant to be played. And it plays very well. It gives you all the full-bodied bass, wide-open midrange and snappy treble expected from a rosewood dreadnought, and the exquisite Sitka top holds the sound together poetically, offering both pristine clarity and plentiful overtone potential. A low-profile neck combined with a wider-than-average nut width invites expressive left-hand play, and the neck's sheen finish presents a fast and comfy feel slotted between satin and gloss.

SP Luthier Notes: Fret dress and setup

About Manufacturer

For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world. The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.?s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting six generations of dedication to the guitarmaker?s craft. In or out of the music industry, C. F. Martin has few rivals for sheer staying power. Throughout its colorful history, the company has adapted successfully to continual changes in product design, distribution systems, and manufacturing methods. In spite of the many changes, C. F. Martin has never veered away from its initial commitment to quality. The concern for producing the finest instruments possible in 1833 is especially evident today at Martin?s expanded facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The story behind one of America?s most famous guitars began on January 31, 1796, in Markneukirchen, Germany, with the birth of Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. Born into a long line of cabinet makers, Christian Frederick took up the family craft at the early age of 15, when he left his hometown and traveled to Vienna to apprentice with Johann Stauffer, a renowned guitar maker.


Model: D-12

Serial: 1892167

Year: 2015

Body Size: D-12 Fret

Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint

Bracing Pattern: D-12 Fret #7A

Brace Shape: Non-Scalloped

Top Material: Sitka Spruce

Back Material: East Indian Rosewood

Side Material: East Indian Rosewood

Finish Top: Gloss

Back & Side Finish: Gloss

Scale Length: 25.4"

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 7/8"

Neck Shape: Low Profile

Top Color: Clear

Binding: Grained Ivoroid

Top Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe

Top Detail: None

Pickguard: None

Pickguard Inlay: None

Rosette: Multi-Stripe

Bridge Style: 1930 Style Belly w/ Drop-In Long Saddle

Bridge String Spacing: 2 5/16"

Bridge Material: Ebony

Bridge Pin Material: White

Bridge Pin Dots: Black Dots

Saddle: Long, Drop in, Bone

Saddle Radius: 16"

Brace Material: Sitka Spruce

Brace Size: 5/16"

Back Purfling/Strip: Style 28

Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid

Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid

Endpiece Inlay: Multi-Stripe

Back & Sides Color: None

Back Detail: None

Back Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe

Side Detail: None

Side Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe

Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany- 12/4

Finish Neck: Catalyzed 15 Sheen

Neck Color: Dark Mahogany

Number of Frets: 20

Neck Joins Body at: 12th Fret

Side Dots: White

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Fingerboard width at 12th Fret: 2 5/16"

Fingerboard Inlay Style: Style 28

Fingerboard Inlay Material: Mother of Pearl

Fingerboard Binding Material: None

Headstock Shape: Slotted / Round Slots / 6 String / Diamond

Headplate Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood

Headplate Logo Style: Old Style Gold (Small)

Headplate Binding Material: None

Tuning Machines: Golden Age 2515 - Bright Nickel, Side Mount

Knob: Ivoroid

Nut Material: Bone

Case: Hardshell