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2003 Martin D-50 Deluxe Brazilian Brazilian/Bearclaw Sitka #2 of 50 Ever Made!
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Martin Guitars
Product Year
2003
Model
D-50 Deluxe Brazilian
Serial #
806856
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
3645
Condition
Excellent Plus. We had Ken Jones of Mountain Song Guitars take this one to the buffing wheel with fantastic results. All play wear has been eliminated and this one is ready for anything! There are small string winder marks on the headstock.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Sitka
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Ebony - Inlaid
Rosette
Abalone and Herringbone
Top Trim
Abalone and Split Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ivoroid
Fret Markers
Custom
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Inlay
Custom
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuners
Waverly
Tuner Finish
Gold Etched
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Black Inlaid with Tree of Life
Pickup
None, we can install one, ask about options
Body Length
19.875 in
Upper Bout
12 in
Lower Bout
15.625 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
5 in
Scale Length
25.25 in
Scale Length (mm)
641.4 mm
Nut Width
1.69 in
Nut Width (mm)
42.9 mm
String Spacing
2.13 in
String Spacing (mm)
54.1 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Custom with Built-In Analog Hygrometer
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Description

To say this guitar is rare is an understatement. This Martin Limited Edition D-50 in Brazilian Rosewood and Bearclaw Sitka Spruce is truly a remarkable achievement. Number 2 of 50, this guitar is as much art object as instrument, but if you dared take it to the Feed 'n Seed for a pickin party, the voice would hold it's own against more seasoned instruments. Lush, tight basses are easily coaxed from this beauty, along with well defined mids and trebles with just the right chime and sparkle. But let's be honest, this show-stopper should be enjoyed in the climate-controlled comfort of a private listening room with excellent lightling, so all the intricate nuances of the abundant inlay can be fully appreciated. The extensive use of abalone, outlined in mother-of-pearl, represents the pinnacle of fine craftsmanship by the team at Pearl Works, under the watchful eye of legendary inlay artist, Larry Seifel, before his untimely passing. The Tree of Life motif is brilliantly executed, flowing gracefully up the fingerboard onto the headstock, while abalone purflings wrap around all edges. Comes with letter of authentication and custom leather-bound case with built-in analog hygrometer.

There' so much to love about this highly collectible Martin D-50, I hardly know where to start! Of course, the fingerboard inlay is incredible, but one of my favorite details is the abalone herringbone purflings. They just add a great, subtle glow to the perimeter of the body. Not to be outdone by the shellwork, the woods used are lovely and unusual. The pale Brazilian Rosewood is paired beautifully with the heavily bearclawed Sitka Spruce top. Of course, this bad boy has all that legendary dreadnought tone -- big fat bass notes and chimey trebles seem to sustain for days, and will have all the banjo pickers at the Feed n Seed running for cover! This is a terrific opportunity to acquire the cornerstone to a museum-worthy guitar collection.
 
I had the chance to play one of these before and it's quite a thrill to hold a guitar like this one. You might want to put this in a nice display case because the inlay done by Pearl Works is amazing and incredibly detailed. By the way, it's fun to play as well.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.25 in
NUT WIDTH 1.69 in
STRING SPACING 2.13 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

To say this guitar is rare is an understatement. This Martin Limited Edition D-50 in Brazilian Rosewood and Bearclaw Sitka Spruce is truly a remarkable achievement.
 

There' so much to love about this highly collectible Martin D-50, I hardly know where to start! Of course, the fingerboard inlay is incredible, but one of my favorite details is the abalone herringbone purflings.
 
I had the chance to play one of these before and it's quite a thrill to hold a guitar like this one. You might want to put this in a nice display case because the inlay done by Pearl Works is amazing and incredibly detailed.
 
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