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Martin D-45S Authentic 1936 (683)

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Here to remind you why you fell in love with us in the first place, the new Authentics are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institution. The D-45S Authentic 1936 is based on a large body D-45 located in our museum, and features Brazilian rosewood back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, period-correct "45" Authentic style appointments, and includes gold tuners with hand-engraved butterbean knobs. Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS) is employed for the top and braces.

The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.


  • CONSTRUCTION: Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
  • BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret Large Body
  • TOP MATERIAL: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
  • TOP DETAIL: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
  • ROSETTE: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • BRACING PATTERN: Authentic 1936 Forward Shifted X Brace
  • BRACE SHAPE: Scalloped
  • BRACE MATERIAL: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
  • BRACE SIZE: 5/16"
  • BACK MATERIAL: Brazilian Rosewood
  • BACK PURFLING/STRIP: Style 45 Golden Era
  • SIDE MATERIAL: Brazilian Rosewood
  • ENDPIECE: Grained Ivoroid
  • ENDPIECE INLAY: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • BINDING: Grained Ivoroid
  • TOP INLAY MATERIAL: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • SIDE INLAY MATERIAL: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • BACK INLAY MATERIAL: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • NECK MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany
  • NECK SHAPE: Authentic 1936
  • NECK TAPER: Standard Taper
  • HEADSTOCK SHAPE: Solid with 1936 Taper and Diamond
  • HEADPLATE MATERIAL: Brazilian Rosewood