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Martin D-45 John Mayer

The first dreadnought size in the popular series, the D-45 John Mayer is a beauty

Also the first with the artist as the chief instrument designer

I am putting out the videos of many of the new Martins from Winter NAMM 2018 as soon as possible. The written review of this model will follow as soon as time allows.


Martin D-45 John Mayer model announced for Winter NAMM 2018

A magnificent crown jewel in the guitarist’s series of Martin signature models, the D-45 John Mayer glitters gloriously

Intelligent combination of features produces 45 very special guitars

Limited to just 45 instruments, John Mayer designed this special edition for Martin’s 2018 offerings of new models that is also a special addition to his own series of Martin signature models, with some features that tie it into some the previous editions and others that make it wholly unique.

After two OMs and two 12-fret 00s, this is the first Mayer model made in the Dreadnought body size. And it continues the precedent set by the two 12-fretters by having the multi-ring abalone soundhole rosette continue across the black ebony fretboard, to complete the circle.

It is also the first Mayer model to feature Guatemalan rosewood for the back and sides. This is not the only special run of Martin guitars about to go on sale with that particular tonewood, but it is the largest.

The top is high-grade Engelmann spruce, with tonal properties that should meld and marry with those of the Guatemalan rosewood to produce an exceptionally lush and complex voice. And adding to that musical mojo are scalloped, 1/4″ Adirondack spruce top braces, forward-shifted like those found on vintage Martins. That should all make for one seriously resonant, rumbling, and roaring voice.

Other vintage-esque Martin features include the grained ivoroid bindings, open back tuners, and Aging Toner, which help give the appearance of a pre-war D-45, while a 1-11/16″ Full Thickness neck like that found on the resurrected D-45s of the late 1960s should provide a faster, less fist-filling fretting experience than the original old-timers.

D-45 John Mayer front view D-45 John Mayer back

Check out the other photos and specifications at the D-45 John Mayer official listing at Martin Guitars.

And check back here in three weeks for our exclusive review with video of this and other new Martins for 2018!