Custom Martin D-41 Dreadnought Guitar Orginal Wood Color
Custom-made dreadnought D-41 type
All solid wood around
Designed for a full, rich tone, crafted from some of their finest tonewood selections
East Indian Rosewood back and sides
Solid Sitka Spruce top
Rosewood back and sides
Full body, fretboard, and head binding
‘The Martin D-41 is nothing short of an incredible instrument. I played several of Martin's D-series guitars (D-28, HD-28, HD-35), a couple of their OM models (John Mayer and Eric Clapton signature models), as well as higher-end instruments from Taylor (model # slips my mind), Gibson (Advanced Jumbo), and a midrange Breedlove.
Each of those instruments were great examples of what an acoustic 6-string can be, but once I played the D-41, I knew that my search for a keepsake-quality guitar was over. And I'll try to explain just how this guitar topped all other for my tastes.
First off is the appearance. There are few mass-produced guitars that can wow a person like the beautifully-appointed D-41. There is abalone all the way around the solid sitka spruce top, in the rosette around the soundhole, on each of the bridge pins, on the tail pin, on the hexagonal fretboard inlays, and in the inlaid C.F. Martin logo (used in lieu of the traditional script logo).
When the stage lights (or even your overhead lights in your living room) hit this instrument, it simply beams like a beautiful woman's smile. The tuners are 24-karat gold plated and have a very fine gear ratio for extremely accurate tuning. The ebony fretboard contrasts nicely to the abalone inlays and feels very supple to the touch. The natural finish and nitrocellulose lacquer clearcoat on the spruce top provide an extremely vibrant and loud soundboard.
The Indian rosewood back and sides are a dark and lovely color and grain and they darken the tone just enough to keep it from being overly bright in timbre. Overall, this is an instrument that you will find yourself simply admiring as if it were a work of art. In a way, it really is a work of art.
Now for the sound. My belief is "tone above all else" when it comes to guitars. All of the visual appointments on this guitar are beautiful, sure...but they don't mean a thing if it sounds like a shoebox with rubber bands stretched over it. Fortunately, that is not the case. The tone is classic Martin dreadnaught. Loud, percussive, and rich. It has a tighter bass response than any of the 28 or 35 series, but retains the same silky smooth highs and clear, super-present midrange. This guitar could easily keep up with a banjo and mandolin with no amplification.
In addition to sounding and looking fabulous, this guitar actually even smells good. When I open the case, I'm greeted by the fragrance of spruce and rosewood wafting up from the soundhole. I smell occasional wafts of it as I'm playing, and as I close my eyes, I know that I'm experiencing this instrument on every level possible. And what a wonderful experience it is.’
String Type: Steel
Number of Strings: 6
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Color: Natural, Aging Toner
Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood: Solid Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing: Scalloped Forward Shifted X-bracing
Binding: Antique White
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval, High Performance Taper
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay: Abalone Reduced Hexagon
Number of Frets: 20
Scale Length: 25.4"
Tuning Machines: Gold Open Gear
Bridge Material: Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material: Bone/Bone
Nut Width: 1.75"
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