Martin D-1 Authentic Review

The flagship of Martin’s 2016 fleet, the D-1 Authentic 1931 is a magnificent dreadnought for the ages

A classic reborn at its birth

Specs include: 12-fret Dreadnought body; all-solid wood construction; South American mahogany back and sides; VTS torrefied Adirondack spruce top with VTS torrefied bracing and bridge plate; mahogany neck with vintage V profile unique to this model; 1-7/8″ at nut, 2-5/16″ at 12th fret; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge; bone nut and glued-in long saddle with 2-3/8″ string spacing; Ditson-style 9-ply rosette and 2-ply top purfling; black binding; faux tortoise shell pickguard; abalone dot fret markers; slotted headstock with Brazilian rosewood face plate; traditional Martin brand on back of headstock; relic tuners with brass side mounts

“The D-1A feels exactly like a pre-war Martin. It’s astounding in just how light it is. And it’s astounding in its sounding so very marvelous.”

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Martin D-1 Authentic 1931 top

Review – Martin 000-42 Authentic 1939

A Rarefied Martin Lives Again in the 000-42 Authentic 1939

The First Affordable Pearl-Trimmed Martin in the Authentic Series is a Beauty

Specs include: All solid woods with hide glue construction; Madagascar rosewood back and sides; Adirondack spruce top, thinned to pre-war specs, treated with Martin’s Vintage Tone System torrefaction; VTS torrefied Authentic Series scalloped bracing and bridge plate; grained ivoroid binding; solid abalone top purfling and rosette; mahogany neck with 1-11/16” width at nut; vintage V profile unique to this model; ebony fingerboard with solid abalone fret markers; ebony bridge with 2-1/8” string spacing; unique reproduction tuners; extra-thin high gloss finish

“It is an emotionally expressive instrument that naturally inspires nice bluesy string bends, and even subtle little waggles of a fretting finger translate into evocative alterations in the tone of each note, which then spawn echoes that radiate within and without the lively 000 body with its scallop-braced VTS top.”

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000-42 Authentic 1939 pearl

Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 – Review

A time machine 12-fretter, the 00-18 Authentic 1931 is superb

The new featherweight champ with heavyweight tone

00-18 Authentic 1931 specs include: All solid woods with hide glue construction throughout, including traditional Big Leaf mahogany back and sides; Adirondack spruce top with M1 level of Martin’s Vintage Tone System, and VTS treated Authentic Series 1/4″ bracing and bridge plate; short-scale mahogany neck with a shape unique to this model, 1-7/8″ at nut; ebony fingerboard and bridge with 2-3/8″ string spacing; bone saddle and ebony nut; Vintage Style 18 appointments for the fret markers and rosette, tortoise colored pickguard and binding; Madagascar rosewood accents; thin, Vintage gloss finish.

“From the first note, I felt that of all the Authentic Series, the 00-18 Authentic 1931 would fool me most easily if I was blindfolded and told I was playing a pre-war Martin.”

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00 18 Authentic 1931 side

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