2003 Martin D41 Special – £3499
NEW ARRIVAL A lot of people consider the Martin D28 to be the benchmark Spruce / Rosewood dreadnought – well the D41 Special is even better, a deluxe version made with higher grade tonewoods, and only by the top Martin luthiers, with the very distinctive abalone binding and inlays and forward-shifted, scalloped bracing. This guitar is a fine example. Tonally it has a very complex sound, great depth and resonance, plenty of punch and attack, and well balanced with superbly articulated clarity. Dreadnoughts are considered to be the most versatile acoustic guitars, and this example sounds great strummed, flatpicked or fingerpicked, and has great definition and sustain when soloing. Quite simply it’s a classic. Visually the Spruce top is taking on a golden honey colour and the Indian Rosewood back and sides are dark and beautifully grained. The guitar is in very good condition, with just a few light signs of playwear that you’d expect from an 18 year old guitar. From a playability point of view, this guitar is a treat, the neck has a great feel to it, and the action is just right. It comes in it’s original Martin deluxe hard case.