Retrofret Stock # 6911. Steve Kovacik D-40 Style Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (2003), made in Scotia NY, serial # 45, natural finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard. Steve Kovacik is a very well-regarded upstate New York luthier and Martin authority, and his guitars rarely come up on the secondary market. His own description of this particular guitar is as follows: "I built this guitar back in 2003 as a spec. instrument and originally sold it through Lark Street Music. The back and sides are solid Brazilian rosewood that is old Martin stock obtained from Mike Longworth (the back is 4 piece bookmatched to look like a 2 piece back) and the top is a very high grade Adirondack spruce. The neck is mahogany with an ebony fret board (with abalone dot position markers) and ebony inlaid bridge. The body is dressed in style 40 abalone. The top is braced with traditional scalloped X bracing with the X in the pre-war forward shifted position. The nut width is 1 3/4", the pin spacing is 2 1/4". The tuners are gold finish Waverlys. The neck profile is a soft "V" shape, quite comfortable. The guitar has a robust and focused voice, and it likes to be played hard. It is plenty responsive when finger picked, but it also remains articulate when flatpicked aggressively." With 20+ years of ageing this guitar has mellowed in very nicely, and we consider it a superior instrument to many Dreadnoughts we have seen from the same period with better-known names.Overall length is 40 7/8 in. (103.8 cm.), 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 5 in. (12.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). Very little wear, this guitar appears to have been played but very well cared for. The back shows two well-repaired cracks near the end block and there is a repair to the top center seam just below the bridge. It appears as if the bridge was taken downa bit, was reglued. This is a fine playing, excellent sounding Dreadnought with a big but fairly bright sound, with more character than many of the newer Martin-based instruments we have seen. Excellent + Condition.
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