A beautiful Martin Custom Shop O-42 guitar, made in 2002. This 12-fret, slotted headstock gem has a premium Engelmann spruce top, premium D-4 grade Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a solid mahogany neck, and an ebony headplate, fingerboard, and bridge.
The neck shape is a modified V. It is 1 13/16" wide at the nut, and the scale length is 24.9" long. The fingerboard inlay is prewar style 42 Snowflakes. The headstock plate is inlaid with an old style alternate torch inlay. The neck, body and headstock have grained ivoroid binding on all borders. The grained ivoroid end piece is bordered by paua shell inlay. The end pin and bridge pins are fossilized ivory with abalone pearl dots. Six point abalone snowflakes adorn the wings of the bridge, and of course colorful paua shell is used around the edge of the top, around the fingerboard, and on the rosette. The nut and saddle are made from fossilized ivory.
The guitar is in new, unplayed condition, with the exception of a 1/4" dent in the finish on the treble side upper bout of the top. this dent is barely visible, and it's difficult to notice. It does not penetrate the finish, (see photograph 7). Also there is a lacquer crack between the pickguard and the bridge that is also difficult to see, (see photo #6).
The guitar has a straight neck, low action, a tall saddle with lots of room for height adjustment, a perfect neck angle, and no wear to the frets.
For a small single O body guitar, there is plenty of volume, a surprising bass response, and sparkling treble. The guitar is well balanced and a joy to fingerpick or strum. Best of all, it is very comfortable to play when you are sitting at home being a guitar-picking couch potato!
Included is the original hard case. The Martin factory build sheet from the custom shop is included with the photographs and shows all the specs for this guitar.