C. F. Martin D-41 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1976)

C. F. Martin  D-41 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1976)

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C. F. Martin D-41 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1976), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 374386, natural lacquer finish, Engleman spruce top, rosewood back & sides, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original molded blue plastic hard shell case.

This is a beautiful Martin from the mid-1970s, when the pearl-topped instruments had been fairly recently re-introduced as the company's flagship instruments. The D-41 was the next-to-top of the line, essentially a less ornate version of the Style 45 with the pearl-decorated top rim but without the similar inlay on the back and sides. This very finely preserved guitar from America's Bi-Centennial year features lovely straight-grained woods and Martin's best craftsmanship of the era.
 
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.).

This guitar shows only very minor wear-it appears to have hardly been played- and a couple of typical maintenance repaired. The saddle slot has been filled and re-cut; for some reason many Martins from this era have intonation issues due to a misplaced bridge and this is a typical fix. The pickguard is the correct style but newer-the original (which is somewhat shrunken up) is in the case, and there is a small repaired grain crack by the lower top caused by that shrinkage. There is a strap button added to the heel. This is now a great-sounding and playing guitar with a brighter, airier and more upfront tone than many 70's Martin Dreadnoughts. It looks like it has been waiting over 40 years for someone to really play it! Excellent + Condition.