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Martin / D-45 Mike Longworth Commemorative Edition / 2005 / Natural Finish / Guitar For Sale

The D-45 Mike Longworth Commemorative Edition was released in 2005, at the January NAMM show, Only 91 were issued, plus 4 prototypes & the edition sold out. This is #63 of the 91 examples in the edition. It’s essentially an Indian D-45 GE or a Vintage model with extras, its East Indian rosewood is wonderfully striped & bookmatched w/an Adirondack top, high X scalloped bracing, and other goodies unique to this model like the Martin script in pearl above the torch, which was a Longworth trademark back when he was converting D-28 models to D-45s in the early to mid-1960s before being hired by Martin. This example is completely original, nothing has been changed but the strings,handsome D-45 from a decade ago, made to commemorate the man who brought this iconic model back from dead in the late 1960s for C. F. Martin, a time when nobody else could have done it. Of course Mike Longworth also wrote the first history of the Martin company. Mike Longworth was a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the word. During his nearly 30 years at Martin, he helped resurrect the legendary D-45, designed the popular D-41, assisted in the return of the herringbone trim with the HD-28 and wrote the first reference book on Martin guitars! A revered member of the C.F. Martin & Co. family, he retired in 1995. This is Martin Guitars stunning tribute to his many contributions – Martin presented the D-45 Mike Longworth Commemorative Edition. As expected she has some huge volume & fabulous tone & was enjoyed by its 1st owner. Its got some play time, a few doinks & a chip here & there, no repairs…no touchup, still overall she’s Excellent & comes complete w/some cool case candy in its original hard case.

There were only 91 of these made w/this long list of options.

  • Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
  • TOP: Solid Adirondack Spruce
  • ROSETTE: Style 45
  • TOP BRACING PATTERN: D-OMLE Forward Shifted
  • TOP BRACES: Solid Adirondack Spruce/ Scalloped 5/16” Golden Era
  • BACK MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood with Sitka Golden Era Braces
  • BACK PURFLING: Style 45 Golden Era
  • SIDE MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • ENDPIECE: Grained Ivoroid Style 45 Mitered
  • ENDPIECE INLAY BINDING: Grained Ivoroid
  • TOP INLAY STYLE: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fiber Inlays
  • SIDE INLAY: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fiber Inlays
  • BACK INLAY: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fiber Inlays
  • NECK MATERIAL: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • NECK SHAPE: Modified V
  • NUT MATERIAL: Fossilized Ivory
  • HEADSTOCK: Solid/Long Diamond/Tapered
  • HEADPLATE: Solid East Indian Rosewood /CFM Logo in M.O.P.
  • HEELCAP: Grained Ivoroid
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
  • SCALE LENGTH: 25.4″
  • NUMBER OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
  • NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
  • FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Golden Era Style-45 Snowflakes
  • FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss/ Dark Filler
  • FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss/ Vintage Toner
  • FINISH NECK: Polished Gloss/ Dark Mahogany Stain/Dark Filler
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
  • BRIDGE STYLE: 1930s Style Belly – Long Saddle
  • SADDLE: Long Saddle/Fossil Ivory
  • TUNING MACHINES: Waverly Gold w/ Butterbean Knobs
  • BRIDGE & END PINS: Fossil Ivory w/ Black Pearl Dots
  • PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color (D45 Style)
  • CASE: 545 Geib Style

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