The C F Martin Model D-41 has, since 1969, been the extremely beautiful and elegantly upgraded model of the famous Martin D-28, that has abalone trim around the face and around the soundhole, abalone hexagon fingerboard inlays, “C Martin F” vertical headstock pearl inlaid, white Boltaron bound neck and body and which enunciates a bold, powerful voice that generally exceeds in prowess that of any regular Martin D-28 model dreadnought.
This Custom Shop variation, designed by us, is not your father’s Martin D-41 – it’s a shockingly good sounding guitar that is perceived by listeners to be nearly twice as loud and full of acoustic flavor as any other guitar presently in our respective personal collections. It is a dreadnought braced the way prewar dreadnoughts used to be made – that is by having the “Advanced X, Forward Shifted” Adirondack scalloped bracing (that crosses just one inch from the soundhole) in the manner that C F Martin built their dreadnought guitars prior to 1938. This pattern is considered the finest manner and method by which a Martin guitar can be made. In addition, instead of having the normal 5/16th” bracing measurement, this guitar has a ¼” bracing measurement which leads to much greater volume levels and tonal effusion. In addition to that, it is made with a Premium “Red Spruce” (Adirondack) top that C F Martin last used in regular production around 1945. Adirondack is a stiffer wood than the standard Sitka, and so it produces a sound that is clear, clean, woody, transparent and entirely articulate.
This guitar shows light signs of playwear on the top; including a series of light indentations on the treble side lower bout. Otherwise the guitar is in really great cosmetic shape and shows only minor signs of use and wear.
This guitar sets the mood for the evening (or the weekend, or your lifetime) – lush, sensuous tone combines with enough volume that when one is playing it almost nobody in the room can hear themselves speak, or in some instances, even think. It reaches a new level of what is possible in power and mellifluousness in a 6-string acoustic instrument.