Martin / F7 Conversion / 1935 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale
Manufacturer: C. F. Martin
Model: F7 Conversion
Case: Original Hard
Description: This converted 1935 Martin F7 is the happy union of seventy-five year old Brazilian Rosewood and one of the best luthiers of our time: David W. Musselwhite. If you’ve been trying to decide between a rare vintage instrument and a high quality modern builder like Kim Walker, this might be a great choice. At the heart of the project is the 1935 F7 archtop, serial number 595XX, which I found with the top removed, the finish stripped off, and the headstock cracked. Over the course of two years, Dave Musselwhite and his team installed a new red spruce forward-X-braced top with red spruce braces. The appointments include 42-style pearl trim (Paua), old style pickguard, 30’s style bridge, old style shading, ivory saddle with fossilized ivory bridge pins. Additionally, he installed a new neck with 1 ¾” nut, Brazilian headplate, old 42-style inlays with ivory-colored binding, old style decal, ivory nut, and 25.4” scale. The new neck was shaped exactly like the F7 neck. We completed the package with a 30s style nitrous cellulose finish and some 30s gold plated Grover G98s. Hide glue was used throughout. No expense was spared in the conversion. The tone is AMAZING – the articulation, clarity, and warmth of the 000-42, the volume and bottom end of a D-28, both with tremendous sustain. It will come with a beautiful 1930’s tiger-striped case with a wine-colored felt interior that fits perfectly and a letter from Dave Musselwhite detailing the work and the bill.
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