The D-45 Mike Longworth Commemorative Edition was released in 2005, at the January NAMM show, Only 91 were issued, plus 4 prototypes & the edition sold out. This is #63 of the 91 examples in the edition. It’s essentially an Indian D-45 GE or a Vintage model with extras, its East Indian rosewood is wonderfully striped & bookmatched w/an Adirondack top, high X scalloped bracing, and other goodies unique to this model like the Martin script in pearl above the torch, which was a Longworth trademark back when he was converting D-28 models to D-45s in the early to mid-1960s before being hired by Martin. This example is completely original, nothing has been changed but the strings,handsome D-45 from a decade ago, made to commemorate the man who brought this iconic model back from dead in the late 1960s for C. F. Martin, a time when nobody else could have done it. Of course Mike Longworth also wrote the first history of the Martin company. Mike Longworth was a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the word. During his nearly 30 years at Martin, he helped resurrect the legendary D-45, designed the popular D-41, assisted in the return of the herringbone trim with the HD-28 and wrote the first reference book on Martin guitars! A revered member of the C.F. Martin & Co. family, he retired in 1995. This is Martin Guitars stunning tribute to his many contributions – Martin presented the D-45 Mike Longworth Commemorative Edition. As expected she has some huge volume & fabulous tone & was enjoyed by its 1st owner. Its got some play time, a few doinks & a chip here & there, no repairs…no touchup, still overall she’s Excellent & comes complete w/some cool case candy in its original hard case.
There were only 91 of these made w/this long list of options.
Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
TOP: Solid Adirondack Spruce
ROSETTE: Style 45
TOP BRACING PATTERN: D-OMLE Forward Shifted
TOP BRACES: Solid Adirondack Spruce/ Scalloped 5/16” Golden Era
BACK MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood with Sitka Golden Era Braces
BACK PURFLING: Style 45 Golden Era
SIDE MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
ENDPIECE: Grained Ivoroid Style 45 Mitered
ENDPIECE INLAY BINDING: Grained Ivoroid
TOP INLAY STYLE: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fiber Inlays
SIDE INLAY: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fiber Inlays
BACK INLAY: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fiber Inlays
NECK MATERIAL: Solid Genuine Mahogany
NECK SHAPE: Modified V
NUT MATERIAL: Fossilized Ivory
HEADSTOCK: Solid/Long Diamond/Tapered
HEADPLATE: Solid East Indian Rosewood /CFM Logo in M.O.P.
HEELCAP: Grained Ivoroid
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
SCALE LENGTH: 25.4″
NUMBER OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Golden Era Style-45 Snowflakes
FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss/ Dark Filler
FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss/ Vintage Toner
FINISH NECK: Polished Gloss/ Dark Mahogany Stain/Dark Filler
BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
BRIDGE STYLE: 1930s Style Belly – Long Saddle
SADDLE: Long Saddle/Fossil Ivory
TUNING MACHINES: Waverly Gold w/ Butterbean Knobs
BRIDGE & END PINS: Fossil Ivory w/ Black Pearl Dots
PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color (D45 Style)
CASE: 545 Geib Style
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