Serial number 194406. I converted this guitar from the original nylon string specs to steel string back in 2002. The guitar received a new European spruce top with scalloped 5/16" gauge traditional X bracing and style 28 rosette and herringbone top trim. The neck was replaced with a factory made (assembled, carved, fretted, inlaid with abalone dot position markers and finished) neck with a 25.4" scale that I bought at the factory back in the 1990s. The headstock is slotted and bears a Martin decal, the truss rod is adjustable. The tuners are Waverlys. The neck has a full 1 7/8" nut width and a beefy, full profile, slightly V shaped. The neck width and profile means this guitar is not for the timid, but those who like a substantial neck will like this one. The back and sides are beautifully straight grained Brazilian Rosewood that has the brick red/orange color that we all love. The top has very tight and even grain throughout the entire width and is well quarter sawn, showing medullary rays or 'silking' in the grain. The top has ambered nicely in the 13 years that it has been on the guitar. The frets are in great shape showing no wear. The neck is straight under tension and the truss rod will allow for relief adjustment should the new owner desire. The action is set to facilitate buzz free action when flat picked but it is comfortable for finger style play as well. The action measures 7/64" at the low E and 6/64" at the high E at the 12th fret, and there's plenty of saddle left for adjustment down the road. The guitar has a huge, robust voice. Articulate and responsive when finger picked and it retains good tonal definition when flat picked making it a very versatile guitar. Shows virtually no wear to the finish (which was done by retired Martin finishing dept. employee Dale Bartholomew). Top and back crack free, the sides show two small hairline cracks that I've repaired, they are tight, level and stable, hard to find unless you are really looking closely for them. There is an LR Baggs I-beam pickup installed in the guitar. Comes with a hardshell Martin 500 series Geib style case purchased for the guitar after the conversion (non-original). $4800
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