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Martin OM-45 Marquis

According to C. F. Martin III, the 14-fret neck was developed in late 1929. Prior to the period, guitars were generally equipped with a 12-fret neck. As the story goes, a renowned plectrum banjoist of the day, Perry Bechtel, suggested to Frank Henry Martin that he make a guitar with a 14-fret neck. Bechtel reasoned that the longer neck would increase the guitar’s range and make it a more versatile instrument. Following Bechtel’s advice, Martin introduced a guitar with the longer neck and dubbed it an “Orchestra Model.”

This particular OM-45 Marquis would be the crown jewel in anyone’s guitar collection! The Marquis Series from Martin has essentially the same details as their Golden Era instruments, but utilizes Indian rather than Brazilian rosewood. These guitars feature premium Adirondack spruce tops, Adirondack scalloped bracing, fossil ivory nut & saddle and premium abalone shell body perimeter, a modified V neck carve, tortoiseshell pickguard and an arched top plush lined Geib-style case!

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Specifications

* 1 3/4″ wide fossilized ivory nut
* modified V neck profile
* 25.4″ scale length
* full ‘snowflake’ fingerboard inlays
* Adirondack spruce top
* scalloped 1/4″ Adirondack spruce braces
* Indian rosewood back & sides
* abalone shell top, back and side perimeter
* vintage-style slot-thru ebony bridge
* fossilized ivory saddle
* fossil ivory bridge pins and end pin
* 2 5/16″ string spacing at bridge
* ‘tortoiseshell’ pickguard
* deluxe Geib style case

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