This is as unique a Martin R&D guitar (it was made by their Research & Development team) as I’ve ever seen, and is being offered AS IS. It was made sometime in the early 1980s; there is no serial number that I can see though the truss rod in the neck is non-adjustable and the pickguard is lacquered over, both features that disappeared around 1984 or so. That, and the fact that Martin’s first production M-size guitars came out around 1979, indicate its approximate age. The body is of the M, or 0000-size, with a 25.4” scale length, a combination I had worked out in the late 1960s and which led to their now-standard M-36 model and other variants. One unusual feature of this instrument is its oval soundhole, something that was eventually adopted on their MC-28 model with rounded cutaway; unique to this piece is a sharp cutaway, something I have never seen on any other Martin, standard or otherwise. This guitar may have been a prototype for the MC-28, a model itself now long out of production. The woods and appointments are Grade-28 all around: Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard and bridge, regular Martin neck dimensions of the day. There is an earlier Fishman pickup system, factory installed, and its endpin jack is kinda loose; I have not plugged it in to test it. The action is a bit high; the neck could use a wee bit of straightening, might could get it right to the point of someone’s perfect action, need for a neck reset a possibility though maybe not in the hands of a really clever restoration person. There are no cracks or repairs anywhere, is quite original as played for years, some wear and various scratches etc. showing. Original hard shell case, serviceable. This guitar will be a tremendous bargain for someone who wants a unique, fabulously huge-sounding Martin, and has a favorite repair/restoration person that he or she trusts. Offered as is. $1200 w/ohsc
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