A stunningly loud, complex, and bold 12 fret Dreadnought, the Martin D-1 Authentic 1931 celebrates the company’s first Martin-branded Dreadnought model. The D-1 was given its Martin label in 1931 after the Ditson Company ended its relationship with Martin and closed its doors. The D-1 would very soon become the D-18, and the rest, as they say, is history.
An amazing guitar, the D-1 Authentic creates its magic by combining a gossamer-light build with lots of air volume, a 12 frets to the body design, and a slotted headstock. The guitar weighs in a 3.75 lbs, and sounds like it. There’s no metal in the neck to add mass and zing, and the guitar has all the tonal hallmarks of a late 1920’s 12 fret 000, but with so much more bass, depth, and expression. The D-1 captures so well much of what we love about the best vintage guitars, and we are very impressed.
Light forward-positioned scalloped bracing and red spruce VTS top, mahogany back and sides, vintage gloss finish, and hot hide glue construction. Hand-fit dovetail neck joint, 12 frets to the body, and 25.4” scale neck. Hand bevelled tortoise celluloid pickguard glued under the finish, black celluloid bindings, and unique single-ring celluloid rosette. CITES certified Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, bridge, and headstock overlay; bone nut and saddle, brass Waverly style tuning machines.
The guitar features a V carved neck with a rounded hull and medium low depth, slotted headstock, 1-7/8” nut, and bridge pin spacing of 2-3/8”.
With deluxe Authentic series hardshell case
Shipping into the USA?
Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping – all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!
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Folkway Music ships internationally. On applicable instruments, we'll help acquire the CITES permits that may be needed as quickly as possible. We most frequently use FedEx, but can arrange to ship with any carrier, at a customers request.
Folkway Music offers a 48 hour approval period. We will refund your payment if you are not 100% satisfied with your instrument. All shipping costs are non-refundable, however, and are the responsibility of the purchaser.