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❌SOLD❌ Martin D-42 Purple Martin Dreadnought #38 of 50, 2018


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Here is a spectacular rarity – the Martin D-42 Purple Martin, #38 of 50 built during 2018 and featuring a fantastic inlay set.

Based on the classic Dreadnought design and pairing a bearclaw-figured Englemann Spruce top with Katalox for the sides and back, this is an example of Martin’s work at its finest. Katalox, sometimes known as ‘Mexican Royal Ebony’ and formally named ‘Swartzia cubensis’, is a hardwood sourced from southern Mexico to northern South America. It is known for its dark appearance, stiffness and strength. The body blocks and neck are Mahogany, Ebony used for the fingerboard and bridge. For hardware, the tuners are gold-plated open gear Waverly models.

The inlay set is based on the ’42’ style, with Abalone purfling around the top, fingerboard tag, and sound hole. The head inlay is a vertical Martin logo, also in Abalone. On the pickguard and fingerboard, Purple Martin bird and Mountain Laurel flowers are pictured in very clean detail.

This fantastic instrument is in exceptionally good, clean condition with virtually no wear of any kind.

Sold with the original, blue Geib style hard shell case.

Here’s the builder on the Martin D-42 Purple Martin:

“The Martin D-42 Purple Martin Flamed Myrtle is the fourth in the Purple Martin series. The “Purple Martin” theme is inspired by the purple martin bird of Pennsylvania, where Martin Guitar’s headquarters and factory are located. Limited to 100 instruments, this head-turning model includes 42-style pearl inlay throughout and highly decorative inlay on the fingerboard and pickguard of the purple martin bird and mountain laurel flowers, the state flower of Pennsylvania. It is a full gloss guitar made with a top of heavy bearclaw Engelmann spruce and the back and sides of flamed myrtle. Each model includes a label signed by Martin Chairman and CEO, Chris Martin, a ply hardshell case, and Martin’s Authentic Acoustic Lifespan® 2.0 medium gauge strings.”

Martin D-42 Purple Martin Specifications:

  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Finish Top: Gloss
  • Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint – Hide Glue Construction
  • Back and Side Finish: Gloss
  • Bracing Pattern: Forward-Shifted X-Brace
  • Scale Length: 25.4″
  • Brace Shape: Scalloped
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 3/4”
  • Top Material: Engelmann Spruce
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Back Material: Katalox
  • Neck Taper: High-Performance Taper
  • Side Material: Katalox
  • Electronics: Optional
  • Top Color: Clear
  • Bridge Style: Belly – Drop in Saddle
  • Binding: European Flamed Maple
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2 3/16”
  • Top Inlay Material: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Top Detail: Heavy Bearclaw
  • Bridge Pin Material: Liquidmetal®
  • Pickguard: Black Acrylic
  • Bridge Pin Dots: None
  • Pickguard Inlay: Purple Martin
  • Saddle: Compensated Bone
  • Rosette: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Saddle Radius: 16″
  • Brace Material: Adirondack Spruce
  • Back and Sides Color: None
  • Brace Size: 5/16″
  • Back Detail: Figured
  • Back Purfling/Strip: Style 45 Golden Era with Black Stripe
  • Back Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
  • Heelcap: European Flamed Maple with Multi-Stripe
  • Side Detail: Figured
  • Endpiece: European Flamed Maple
  • Side Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
  • Endpiece Inlay: Multi-Stripe
  • Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Finish Neck: Gloss
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8”
  • Neck Color: None
  • Fingerboard Inlay Style: Purple Martin Theme
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Inlay Material: Shell
  • Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret
  • Fingerboard Binding Material: Flamed Maple
  • Side Dots: Abalone
  • Headstock Shape: Solid with Square Taper, Diamond and Square Corners
  • Tuning Machines: Gold Open Gear
  • Headplate Material: Ebony
  • Knob: Butterbean
  • Headplate Logo Style: Block Inlay Golden Era
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headplate Binding Material: European Flame Maple with Multi-Stripe
  • Headplate Detail: None
  • Case: Ply Hardshell
  • Left Handed Availability: true
  • Label: Signed by CFM IV, Numbered in Sequence with Total (50)
  • Pleked: true


Price: $11,500.00 CAD $12,500.00 CAD
  • Model: D-42 Purple Martin
  • Year: 2018
  • Finish Gloss Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 21784705, #36 of 50 built during 2018 in Nazareth, PA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 06/04/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.928lbs 2.24kg
  • Scale Length: 25.4in 645.16mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.43mm
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