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Martin Custom Shop D-45 Brazilian #11

Martin Custom Shop D-45 Brazilian #11


Back in 1933, Gene Autry ordered the “biggest, fanciest Martin guitar he could”, this turned out to be the D-45 and Martin considered it their first “luxury guitar”. The D-45 came standard with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, but the model was discontinued in 1942 as a result of World War II (less supplies and skilled labor). Only 91 D-45s were built in this 9 year “Golden Era” period, all of them having Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. The D-45 wasn’t reintroduced until 1968, when Martin switched to Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a standard placement X braced top (the pre-war D-45s had a forward shifted X bracing). Several variations of the D-45 have been built since 1968 as the model is still in production today. In 2011, a Vintage Guitar magazine ranking of valuable guitars found Golden Era D-45s (built from 1936 to 1942) in first place, worth between $250,000 and $400,000. There are so many famous artists who have used, and are using the D-45 today, we can’t name them all here, but it goes to show, this is a legendary instrument.

Today, for 2017, Martin’s Custom Shop has created 15 “Golden Era”-ish D-45s with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and forward shifted bracing. The results are stunning. Simply admiring the craftsmanship and beauty of the materials is an awe inspiring moment that you will not soon forget. Even the plain looking Adirondack Spruce top has a rich depth to it that is elegant in its simplicity. And, after you pull your eyes from its exquisite grandeur, the D-45s inner beauty will surround your ears with harmonic bliss in the form of a tone not commonly heard today. A tone filled with complex nuances that subtly soothe the mind and spirit, and inspire the heart. This instrument is what legends are made of, a perfect balance of equal parts, tone and beauty.

With only 15 Brazilian D-45s being built for the entire world, this is an instantly collectable and in demand instrument. If you are true connoisseur of tone and playability, and appreciate the finer things in life, invest in this instrument today. - Scott

Serial # 11 (2128663)

Model Year 2017

Martin Custom Shop D-45 Brazilian #11 Features:

  • Hide Glued Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Dreadnaught 14 Fret Body Size
  • Premium Adirondack Spruce Top
  • Multi Striped Abalone Rosette
  • Forward Shifted X Bracing
  • Adirondack Spruce, Scalloped 5/16", Golden Era Top Braces
  • Modern Belly - Drop in Long Bone Saddle
  • Brazilian Rosewood Back
  • Style 45 Golden Era Back Purfling
  • Brazilian Rosewood Sides
  • Grained Ivoroid Binding
  • Multi Striped Abalone Top and Side Inlays
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Modified "V" Neck Shape
  • Bone Nut
  • Brazilian Rosewood Headplate Overlay
  • Ebony Fretboard with Abalone Snowflake Inlays
  • Bone Endpin and Bridge Pins with Paua Pearl Dot Inlays
  • 25.4" Scale Length
  • 20 Frets, Neck Joins Body at 14th Fret
  • 1 3/4" Nut Width
  • 2 1/4" Width at 12th Fret
  • Waverly Gold Tuning Machines
  • Full High Gloss Finish


  • Martin Custom Shop Wood Ply Hardshell Case with Embroidery
  • Martin's Platinum Experience Offer
  • C. F. Martin Limited Lifetime Warranty

Price: $36,000.00

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