Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 16 - Jan. 2004
Bearing the 50 consecutive serial numbers prior to the millionth Martin guitar (999,950 to 999,999) the D-45 Celtic Knot draws on designs master inlay artist Larry Robinson created in 1997 for Martin’s second milestone guitar, serial number 600,000. Based on Martin’s flagship Dreadnought shape, the D-45 Celtic Knot combines D-45 inlays along the top, sides and back of the body in select abalone pearl with unique Celtic Knot inlays on the fingerboard, headplate, bridge and pickguard. In addition, the signature of Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV is inlaid into the back of the guitar in select pearl.
The D-45 Celtic Knot features a top of premium Adirondack spruce and back, sides and headplate of premium C.I.T.E.S. certified Brazilian rosewood. The instrument’s Golden Era appointments include scalloped 5/16" Adirondack spruce top braces, cloth side strips and a 1 3/4" modified V neck with square, tapered headstock and diamond volute. Gotoh gold tuners with specially embossed Celtic buttons grace the headstock, and the nut, saddle, bridge pins and endpin are crafted from fossilized ivory.
Each of the 50 D-45 Celtic Knot guitars bears an interior label personally signed by Martin Chairman and CEO C.F. Martin IV and is numbered in sequence. The D-45 Celtic Knot will be delivered in an extremely light and durable Accord carbon fiber flight case.