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Martin J-40 (2018)

Martin’s J-40 is a beautifully designed guitar with a tasteful blend of flash and simplicity, a particularly attractive body shape, and beautiful accents.

Based on the 16” M or 0000-sized body that was introduced in the mid 1970’s, the J-40 is built with a dreadnought-depth and has the distinction of being Martin’s largest standard model guitar. With its deep waist curve the guitar fits smaller than a Dreadnought, and offers a string to string response that is more balanced and even than a D and at least as loud. All this makes for a very versatile guitar that excels at both fingerstyle and strummed styles.

Indian rosewood back and sides with Sitka spruce top, forward shifted and scalloped X bracing, long scale neck with modified low oval shape and 1-3/4” nut. The guitar is trimmed with elements of Style 45 and simplified body bindings for a classy and distinguished look that’s not over-the-top in terms of flashiness, but has plenty of bling. Multi-layered fingerboard and headstock bindings, vertical C.F. Martin logo in pearl, Style 45 Hexagon fingerboard inlays, and gold tuners complete the neck. The body features a style 45 pearl ring rosette and mosaic back strip, style 45 back bindings, and unique 7-layer top purflings. Bevelled tortoise celluloid pickguard, ebony bridge with bone saddle and abalone dot pins.

With deluxe hardshell case.

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