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❌SOLD❌ C. F. Martin D-42 Custom Koa Steel String Guitar, 2005


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Sometimes we run into guitars that are just spectacular in every way. This C F Martin D-42 Custom Koa is one such guitar. This guitar is visually stunning and has far more than just good looks. It plays very well, is extremely responsive with a full, rich and sparkling tone, and it’s quite light.

The C.F. Martin D-42 is normally built in the classic Dreadnought pattern, using a Spruce top paired with Indian Rosewood back, sides and head plate , Mahogany neck and Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. Style 42 appointments add Abalone lining inside the top binding, fingerboard tag, and around the soundhole. A classic C F Martin logo is also executed in Abalone. The fingerboard and bridge features a classic Snowflake motif, again in Abalone.

This Martin D-42 Custom substitutes Hawaiian Koa for the back and sides. This adds an amount of brilliance, clarity and detail to the tone, nicely balancing the full bass response that dreadnoughts are so well known for.

This guitar is in very good condition, with the nitrocellulose lacquer finish settling naturally – the grain structure of the top, for example, is clearly visible in reflection.

A Fishman Ellipse Blend pickup system is installed, with the controls unobtrusively inside the top edge of the soundhole.

The action is very good, and I was immediately impressed with how easy this is to play and get a great sound from.

The original hard shell case is included.


Price: $8,599.00 CAD
View Spec Sheet (PDF)
  • Model: D-42 Custom
  • Year: 2005
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1081777
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 04/03/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.62lbs 2.1kg
  • Scale Length: 25.4in 645mm
  • Nut Width: 1.73in 44mm
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