A photo gallery of guitars from Martin’s Authentic Series
Martin’s Authentic Series, pre-war Martin replicas in authentic detail never before achieved in modern times.
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“At the 2013 Winter NAMM show, as Martin introduced the new D-18 Authentic 1939, D-28 Authentic 1941, D-28 Authentic 1931, OM-18 Authentic 1933, and the D-45S Authentic 1936. Each instrument is a meticulous recreation of a specific vintage Martin guitar residing in the collection of the Martin Museum…
One notable difference between these new Martins and the old timers (or previous Martins labeled “Authentic”) is the use of Madagascar rosewood rather than Brazilian rosewood, an endangered species that is extremely expensive. Madagascar rosewood is closer to Brazilian in sound and looks than most any other wood, but results in a guitar with a much lower price point, by many thousands of dollars.
Otherwise, the Authentics share numerous features with Martins from the 30s and 40s not found on a typical modern Martin…
While it may be impossible to infuse 70 or 80 years of playing time into the wood and finish of a new Martin, these new models from the Authentic Series offer the closest thing to taking a time machine back to the 1930s and buying a brand new OM-18 or D-18, and starting it off on its own 80-year journey of vintage Martin mojo.”