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Martin 0014F Cutaway Guitar Toasted Burst, 2015

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Here’s an unusual guitar from the Custom Shop – a Martin 0014F cutaway guitar with ‘Toasted Burst’ top finish, built during 2015 in very gently used condition.  This lovely venetian-cutaway model has a Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany sides, back and neck, and Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge.

The 00-14F is a recent and custom-run model, and does not at present appear in the Martin catalog or website.  This example is in overall quite good condition with very little wear.  The thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish is showing signs of naturally sinking, and is very clean with only the lightest scuffing.

We’ve seen a few of these over the hears and in the past have custom ordered examples during factory tours.

Here’s a clip from Grant MacNeill’s description of making such a choice:

“During my recent Martin factory tour I was offered my choice of 14 select pre-built Martin Custom Shop guitars. I chose two unique one-of-a-kind guitars that really took my fancy.

These guitars are creations of the 3 Master Luthiers in the Custom Shop, specifically put together for our dealer-Factory-Custom-Shop-Tour. They reflect their personal favourite woods and bracing patterns – personal favourites based on their vast experience at Martin Guitars.

I knew that I could not possibly go wrong choosing any of the guitars offered. That said, two made an immediate impression and now that I have them here at the shop, I remain very pleased with my choices.

This feather light mahogany Martin 0014F has the acoustic responsiveness of an early 50s 00-18 but fitted with a contemporary Performing Artist neck profile with 1 ¾ inch nut. So the neck will have a much broader appeal than the historic V necks normally associated with these ‘authentic’ style guitars

The premium-grade Sitka top is Martin Custom Shop VTS Spruce (Vintage Tone System); very light ¼ inch scallop-braced to insure full bass and responsive, clear trebles. The top is finished in an ultra thin ‘Toasted burst’ finish that reminds me of many 60 year old faded sunburst finishes I’ve seen.

I feel the genuine Honduras mahogany vibrate against my body as I play. It feels like a purring cat in your lap (but without the claws). And the 00 size body suits my 5 foot 8 inch stature to a T — very comfortable to sit with.

The guitar offers a nicely balanced response for fingerstyle from light through heavy right handed attack, but unusually I don’t find I overpower the top when I play with an aggressive, hard flat picking right hand attack. It retains a nicely balanced and clear tone at higher volumes. This guitar would really shine in a recording studio environment.”


 

Price: $3,499.00 CAD
  • Model: CS 00-14F
  • Year: 2015
  • Finish Toasted Burst
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1972142, built during 2015 in Nazareth Pennsylvania
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 19/08/2021

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.61lbs 1.64kg
  • Scale Length: 645mm 25.4in
  • Nut Width: 44.90mm 1.768in
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