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Custom Major Kealakai

Custom Major Kealakai

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Major Kealakai was a guitar, trombone, and flute player trained by the Royal Hawaiian Band and was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1916, Martin made the Major a unique custom guitar that was wider, deeper, and longer than a 000. Designed to be louder to help fill concert halls, this historic guitar was the precursor to the Dreadnought. Martin honors Major Kealakai with this limited edition 12-fret custom instrument. It features a vintage gloss finished sinker mahogany back and sides that are complemented with Madagascar rosewood binding and a vintage gloss finished Adirondack spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM® (VTS) top. It also includes a dovetail neck joint, hide glue construction, an authentic 1931 neck shape and 1931 X-bracing, and a slotted headstock with Golden Age relic nickel side-mount tuners. This limited-edition gem comes with a quality hardshell case.

Custom Major Kealakai


Body Size: K-12 Fret
Finish Top: Vintage Gloss
Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
Back and Side Finish: Vintage Gloss
Bracing Pattern: Authentic 1931 X Brace
Scale Length: 25.4"
Brace Shape: Scalloped
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 7/8"
Top Material: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
Neck Shape: Authentic 1931
Back Material: Sinker Mahogany
Neck Taper: Standard Taper
Side Material: Sinker Mahogany
Electronics: None
Electronics Options: None


Top Color: Clear
Bridge Style: Custom
Binding: Madagascar Rosewood
Bridge String Spacing: 2 5/16"
Top Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
Bridge Material: Ebony
Top Detail: None
Bridge Pin Material: Ebony
Pickguard: None
Bridge Pin Dots: Abalone
Pickguard Inlay: None
Saddle: Compensated Bone
Rosette: Multi-Stripe
Saddle Radius: 16"


Brace Material: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
Back and Sides Color: Maple
Brace Size: 5/16"
Back Detail: None
Back Purfling/Strip: None
Back Inlay Material: None
Heelcap: None
Side Detail: None
Endpiece: Madagascar Rosewood
Side Inlay Material: None
Endpiece Inlay: None


Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Finish Neck: Vintage Gloss
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 5/16"
Neck Color: Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Style: 18 Old Style Authentic 1931
Fingerboard Inlay Material: Abalone
Neck Joins Body At: 12th Fret
Fingerboard Binding Material: None
Side Dots: Grained Ivoroid


Headstock Shape: Slotted with Round Slots, 1931 Taper and Diamond
Tuning Machines: Golden Age Relic Nickel Side Mount
Headplate Material: Madagascar Rosewood
Knob: Cream
Headplate Logo Style: Stamped on Back of Headstock
Headplate Binding Material: None


Case: Ply Hardshell
Label: None

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Martin Guitar’s Limited Lifetime Warranty is valid only for the original owner of the instrument purchased from the authorized Martin Guitar dealer located within the United States or Canada, to which the instrument was originally shipped. The instrument must be registered for warranty online at


The warranty is not transferrable to another owner. Instruments purchased outside of the US or Canada are eligible for coverage provided by the authorized Martin Guitar distributor in the country where it was purchased. The dealer where you purchased your instrument will provide warranty details.