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Martin M-36

The M-36 was introduced in 1978, and marked Martin’s first new flat top body shape since the Dreadnought docked in the early 1930’s. The M or 0000 body size was borne out of the 1970’s trend of repair people converting F series 1930’s Martin archtops into long-scale flat-tops.

Three-piece back and sides of Indian rosewood, Sitka spruce top, forward-shifted scalloped braces, vintage toned gloss lacquer finish, multiple body purflings and white bindings. Ebony fingerboard, rosewood bridge; beveled edge tortoiseshell patern pickguard, bone nut and saddle, modern logo and Grover tuners. Modern round neck carve, 25.4” scale, 1-11/16” nut.

The M-36 sounds unlike anything else in the Martin lineup. The guitar’s 16” wide 000 depth body allows a very full tone to emerge, but keeps the bass in balance – making the M-36 a favorite of fingerstyle players, recording engineers, and a whole slew of others.

With 640 Molded Hardshell case

Click HERE to go to the C.F. Martin Guitar Co. listing of this model.

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