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❌SOLD❌ C. F. Martin 000-12 Custom Shop Goncalo Alves, 2017


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Here’s a very special guitar – a C. F. Martin 000-12 Custom Shop 12 Fret, built during 2017 with Swiss Spruce top and Goncalo Alves for the back and sides.

As a Martin Custom Shop instrument, this guitar is based on a 000 model with 12 fret neck, with customer-specified wood and trim choices. The top is certified High Altitude Swiss Spruce with scalloped Sitka Spruce bracing.

The C. F. Martin 000-12 Custom Shop sides and back are Goncalo Alves. Also known as ‘Tigerwood’ due it its dramatic colouring. A major source for this hardwood is Brazil, but in general it grows in Central and South America.  The body blocks and linings are Mahogany.  

The figured Mahogany neck has a Mod-V shape and carries a 12-fret, unbound Ebony fingerboard with a 16 inch radius. Fingerboard inlays include a short patter Diamond and Squares set in Abalone. There’s also a custom 12th fret inlay, with stylized letters W and M bracketing the numbers 30. What exactly this meant to the original owner is not known to us.

The peghead is slotted with Waverly Nickel 4063 side-mount, butter-bean button tuners. Madagascar Rosewood is used for the headplate, heel cap, and top binding.

For trim, a mix of features were chosen. The rosette is a five-piece Abalone ring, part of the ’45’ trim. The multi-colour ‘Rope’ top purfling and back herringbone inlay is from a ’30’ series trim set.

This guitar does not have a pickup, and it wasn’t available as an option.

The original Martin hard shell case is included, with the original custom shop build sheet inside. 

As new in  2017, the retail price for this guitar was almost $7,000 US.

This C F Martin 000-12 is a fantastic sounding guitar, and it plays very well. It has recently been serviced in our shop; it had been subjected to insufficient humidity, leading to a top crack and lifting bridge. The crack has been glued and cleated and is solid, the bridge has been secured, and it has been properly humidified.


Price: $3,399.99 CAD
  • Model: 000-12 Custom Shop
  • Year: 2017
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1750206
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 08/02/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.62lbs 2.1kg
  • Scale Length: 25.4in 645mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.45mm
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