2013 Martin D42 – £3999
SOLD A lot of people consider the Martin D28 to be the benchmark Spruce / Rosewood dreadnought – well the D42 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 good condition, with some visible playwear on the back of the neck, and more general playwear on the body, and some discolouration on the binding. 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 has an LR Baggs pickup fitted, and comes in it’s original Martin hard case.