C. F. Martin & Co / D45 / 1986 / Natural / Guitar

1986 Martin D45

The pre-war D45 has entered the sphere of the ultra-iconic. Initially built following request by Gene Autry in 1933, the initial run from 1938 to 1943 only yielded 91 guitars. Martin use the finest woods and the most elaborate inlay to make these the crown jewel of Martin’s output. Reintroduced in 1968, they could be seen in the hands of artist such as David Crosby, James Taylor and Neil Young who considered his Martin his principal acoustic guitar. 

With its exquisite Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sided, this is truly an exquisite instrument. The body has just a few minor knocks and dings but is free of any breaks and as such, any repairs. The Abalone and pearl inlays are stunning and living up to its billing as “the biggest, fanciest Martin…”. The neck is carved in a soft V and is comfortably full. The Abalone bound ebony fretboard and frets are in good condition as is the headstock.

This guitar comes with the original hardshell case which is the black thermo plastic moulded type with the CF Martin logo.

This D45 just evokes the sound of all those classic records. It has a wonderful action and an even response all over the neck. The tone is warm and articulate and reminds you why these guitars are so revered.

We don’t often have acoustics here at ATB but when we do we try and get the best. The D45 is undoubtedly the flagship Martin guitar and this one will not disappoint….

Instrument sold

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

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Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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