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D-45S Authentic 1936

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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.

Learn more about Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) at

List Price: $59,999.00
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D-45S Authentic 1936
Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
Body Size:
D-14 Fret (Large Body)
VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce
Style 45 Authentic
Top Bracing Pattern:
Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Authentic Style) - Circa 1936
Top Braces:
VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16''
Back Material:
Solid Brazilian Rosewood
Back Purfling:
Style 45 - Golden Era
Side Material:
Solid Brazilian Rosewood
Grained Ivoroid in a Narrow 1936 Shape 45 Wedge
Endpiece Inlay:
Solid Brazilian Rosewood and Black/Maple Fiber
Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style:
Style 42
Side Inlay:
Style 45
Back Inlay:
Style 45
Neck Material:
Solid Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape:
Authentic 1936 Barrel & Heel
Nut Material:
Solid/Diamond/1936 Taper
Solid Brazilian Rosewood
Grained Ivoroid
Fingerboard Material:
Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length:
Number of Frets Clear:
Number of Frets Total:
Fingerboard Width at Nut:
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:
Fingerboard Position Inlays:
Snowflakes - 1936 Authentic Style
Fingerboard Binding:
Grained Ivoroid
Finish Back & Sides:
Polished Gloss
Finish Top:
Polished Gloss
Finish Neck:
Polished Gloss
Bridge Material:
Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style:
Authentic Style Belly - Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing:
16" Radius/Long Bone
Tuning Machines:
Waverly Gold 4060 w/Butterbean Knobs w/Hand Engraving
Recommended Strings:
Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins:
Ivory Colored Poly w/Select Pearl Dots
Delmar Tortoise Color
545V Harptone Large Body
Interior Label:
Other Options:
Available left-handed at no additional charge
Other Comments:
All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.
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