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C F Martin D 76 Bicentennial Limited Edition #0940, 1976

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The C F Martin D 76 Bicentennial Limited Edition guitar was built during 1975 and 1976 to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of the United States of America.

The first 200 D 76 Bicentennial models appeared during 1975, with another 1,976 completing the run during 1976.

This model is based on the classic D body design, with an Adirondack Spruce top and sides, head plate and three-piece back of Indian Rosewood; the back sections have Herringbone separators. The neck is Mahogany, with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. Unique to this model, the fingerboard position markers are small five-pointed stars in Mother of Pearl, and an engraved Mother of Pearl Eagle is inlaid in the head plate.

At the time this C F Martin D 76 guitar was built, Martin was still using a fixed metal channel as a neck stiffener – this is not adjustable. As well, during this period Martin installed the pickguard and masked it off – before finishing the top. This often led to a distinctive shrinkage crack when the top and pickguard contracted at different rates (this has not happened to this guitar). Martin now glues the pickguard to the finish, which prevents this crack.

This C F Martin D 76 example was built during 1976 at the historic Martin facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and it is number 0940 of the 1,976 produced that year.     It is in overall good condition, though it has been used as intended and consequently has some minor finish chipping in a couple of spots around the back edge. Fret wear is minor. This guitar plays well, and has a rich, full sound, perhaps a bit bassier and louder than some other models. A Martin Thinline pickup has been added and leads to an end pin jack.

The original Martin hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $4500 CAD
  • Model: D-76 Bicentennial Commemorative Limited Edition
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 374490, 0940 of 1976
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 10/06/2019

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.95lbs 2.25kg
  • Scale Length: 645.16mm 25.4in
  • Nut Width: 43mm 1.693in
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