Martin Custom Shop 0 Sitka Spruce Top Sinker Mahogany Back and Sides #M2242985
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Manufacturer's ID: 0-SINKERMAHOGANY
What we say:
This beautiful guitar is part of an extremely limited edition of instruments form Martin’s esteemed Custom Shop. Each model in the series uses ‘sinker’ Mahogany and is personally signed by Chris Martin IV himself!
In the world of acoustic guitar making, some of the most revered instruments are those made by Martin & Co in the pre-World War II years of the 1930s. The elements important to an objectively great guitar sound all seem to conspire within these hallowed instruments: projection, note separation, chordal unity, sustain, sympathetic harmonic overtones and above all else, balance.
Martin have been able to buy some extremely special, and extremely old timber, straight from the river beds of Belize! The wood has lain there for over a hundred years and was itself over a century old when it was logged! Lying in the river has meant that the wood has taken in plenty of minerals and nutrients, changing its structure and density. This is turn means that, when used in premium custom shop instruments, the resulting tone is very, very close to those famed Pre-War instruments!
This ancient Mahogany has been allowed to dry naturally: it is not torrefied. This adds authenticity to a package that already has heritage and provenance. Martin have used this wood to make some quite unbelievable guitars, of which this is one.
This ‘Sinker Mahogany’ Martin is an ‘0’ model. This has a slimmer depth to the body and narrow ‘hips’. It is traditionally the choice of fingerpickers and Blues players who like to play single note melodies with fingerstyle accompaniment.
The Sinker Mahogany is used here for the back, sides, neck and end block. The top is premium grade Sitka Spruce and the fingerboard is Black Ebony. The headstock even has an East Indian Rosewood plate! This is an extremely rich selection of woods indeed!
Sonically, these tone woods put themselves to great use: this is a superb sounding instrument with projection, detail and clarity to match that deep bottom end supplied by the sinker mahogany. This 0 model has a lovely top end sparkle, too! It’ll delight fans of fingerpicking, whether that’s Folk, Country or anything else.
Martin have used the Mod Low Oval neck profile to provide a feel that all players will appreciate: not just vintage aficionados.
With legitimately vintage tone wood being used and the special addition of Chris Martin IV’s hand applied signature, this is one very special guitar indeed. Those factors are less important that the feel and the sound, both of which are extraordinary.
Available in only very limited numbers, this Martin Sinker Mahogany 0 model is the one you’ve been waiting for!
|Top Material||Sitka Spruce|
|Brace Material||Sitka Spruce|
|Back & Sides||Sinker Mahogany|
|Neck Material||Sinker Mahogany|
|Neck Shape||Modified Low Oval|
|Bridge Material||Black Ebony|
|Tuners||Open Gear with Butterbean Knobs|