Martin D-45 Dreadnought guitar – U.S.A. – 1933

Martin D-45 Dreadnought sunburst 1933 - The Guitar Database


Acoustic Hollow Body Dreadnought guitar


Rosewood back and sides, cedar neck

Ebony fretboard, block inlays


The pre-war D-45 in its original form represents a holy trinity for guitar collectors: superior quality, beautiful design and extreme rarity.
The Style 45 first appeared in the 1904 catalog and is among the most detailed designs by C.F. Martin & Co. The instrument is fitted with sea ear pearl inlays all around the body and the fingerboard. Also headstock is decorated with beautiful inlays.
In 1933 the Style 45 was introduced as a dreadnought. One of these was a custom-made unique piece for Gene Autry, a very important figure who has meant a lot to the rise and popularity of the guitar in the US.
The instrument is opulent in appearance and expensive in terms of price. The D-45 only appeared in the catalog between 1938 and 1942. Only 49 D-45s were built. The instruments from 1938, of which the key has snowflake-shaped inlays, are particularly popular.

Last updated on 27 April 2020
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