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Martin D-1 Authentic 1931

A stunningly loud, complex, and bold 12 fret Dreadnought, the Martin D-1 Authentic 1931 celebrates the company’s first Martin-branded Dreadnought model. The D-1 was given its Martin label in 1931 after the Ditson Company ended its relationship with Martin and closed its doors. The D-1 would very soon become the D-18, and the rest, as they say, is history.

An amazing guitar, the D-1 Authentic creates its magic by combining a gossamer-light build with lots of air volume, a 12 frets to the body design, and a slotted headstock. The guitar weighs in a 3.75 lbs, and sounds like it. There’s no metal in the neck to add mass and zing, and the guitar has all the tonal hallmarks of a late 1920’s 12 fret 000, but with so much more bass, depth, and expression. The D-1 captures so well much of what we love about the best vintage guitars, and we are very impressed.

Light forward-positioned scalloped bracing and red spruce VTS top, mahogany back and sides, vintage gloss finish, and hot hide glue construction. Hand-fit dovetail neck joint, 12 frets to the body, and 25.4” scale neck. Hand bevelled tortoise celluloid pickguard glued under the finish, black celluloid bindings, and unique single-ring celluloid rosette. CITES certified Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, bridge, and headstock overlay; bone nut and saddle, brass Waverly style tuning machines.

The guitar features a V carved neck with a rounded hull and medium low depth, slotted headstock, 1-7/8” nut, and bridge pin spacing of 2-3/8”.

With deluxe Authentic series hardshell case

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping – all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.

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