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Maple Martin Custom Shop Acoustics are In Stock!
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The Martin Custom Shop is known around the world as the place to go when you are ready to buy an heirloom level guitar. They produce guitars that will play and sound like a million bucks and will be an instrument that you will pass down through the generations.
As a Martin Custom Shop Dealer, we have the distinct pleasure to work with Martin to build one-off and limited run guitars with specs that are rare if not impossible to find.
We recently received a pair of small-bodied Martin Custom Shop guitars that are built with maple that our owner Paul actually hand selected at the NAMM show! These small-bodied Martins sound bigger than they look and are sure to impress even the most discerning player.
First up is the "000" birdseye maple. This Martin custom shop 000 12-fret features hand-selected Birdseye Maple from a recent trip to the Martin factory. Also features VTS Sitka Spruce top, Katalox wood bindings, Rope Herringbone border & a Flamed Maple neck to match the overall beauty of this fine handcrafted guitar!
If you are not familiar with VTS, this is Martin's Vintage Tone System.
"VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and craftswomen to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.
Further, Martin Guitar’s Research and Development (R&D) team rediscovered a process used by our craftsmen and craftswomen in the early 1900s to final dress the lacquer on our instruments by hand. The end result is a warm glow appearance that is as enticing to the eye as it is to the touch. The Vintage Gloss finish leaves the guitar with a satin appearance, far from the appearance of a satin spray." -Martin.com
Next on the list is a guitar for those of you who like a little more, shall we say "bling" on your instruments. This 41 styled 00 Martin has Abalone top binding, abalone headstock inlay, Abalone Neck inlays, Koa binding, slotted headstock and Golden Era scalloped bracing. This amazing guitar is constructed from quilted maple back and side and features a premium grade Alpine Spruce Top.
The 00 body size is slightly smaller than the 000 from above, but the size makes it super comfortable to play and with the premium tonewoods and build quality, it sounds great! You can click here to check out the tone on our YouTube Video demo.
The "41" guitar styling is truly tuning and whether out on a gig, hanging on the wall or playing along with some friends around the living room, it is sure to turn heads and start a conversation.
The Custom Shop at Martin builds some of the finest guitars in the world, and both of these Maple back and side examples are no exception. The 000 Maple offers a bit larger body while the 00 "41" has more ornate binding and inlays. Whether you like a slightly bigger, more subdued look or the smaller, more glitzy guitar, you can't go wrong with either of these MtinCutm Shop acoustics.