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Pre Owned 2018 Martin Custom Shop Limited Edition D-42 Custom Carpathian Spruce Top With OHSC

SKU 84MAR017
by Martin
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Original price $ 6,999.99
Original price $ 6,999.99 - Original price $ 6,999.99
Original price $ 6,999.99
Current price $ 5,499.00
$ 5,499.00 - $ 5,499.00
Current price $ 5,499.00

Used And Vintage Acoustic Guitars

As a Martin dealer for decades, we've had a lot of amazing acoustics in here - but every now & then, one comes in that really grabs our attention.  This is one of those times.

This Custom D-42 Limited Edition, of which only 50 were produced, is an excellent example of Martin legendary sound and craftsmanship. Their history and pedigree speak for itself.   The guitar features Carpathian spruce top with aging toner,  and East Indian rosewood back and sides.  The entire instrument is framed with European flamed maple binding, the ebony fingerboard is graced with “snowflake” position inlays, while the sound hole is encircled by shimmering abalone.  It includes forward-shifted X-bracing, a high-performance neck taper for easy playability, nickel open-gear tuners, and an abalone rosette with multi-stripe border and abalone fingerboard inlay.  This full-bodied dreadnought is extremely comfortable to play for hours on end.    And of course, it looks amazing.  Be sure to check out all of the photos to see the fine detail.

As beautiful as this D-42 Custom is, the aesthetics are surpassed by the tone.  It has magnificent warm, rounded highs, luxurious lows, and present midrange frequencies.  The Carpathian spruce top is similar in tonality to other European spruce tops but has a wider dynamic range and more headroom.  This allows you to really dig in when strumming, with the top able to hang in there, creating a rich, vibrant and fully balanced tone.  Forward shifted, scalloped bracing contributes to the quick attack, strong projection, natural harmonics, and beautiful top-end shimmer on a hand-made dreadnought.  The sound is a solid acknowledgment of vintage “Golden Era” guitars.

The guitar is in excellent shape - the previous owner was obviously very meticulous in his care for it.  We've gotten a lot of guitars from him, and all of them are in this condition.  He's a collector, and said that this one had only been played a few times.  It's been setup by the techs in our shop and is ready to go.  The original hardshell case is included.

In addition to just being a perfect example of exactly what a dreadnought guitar should be, this small run was limited to 50 pieces for the entire world, so it's a true collector's piece. Whether you're a Martin fanatic, a collector of rare guitars, or simply want one of the best acoustic guitars that money can buy, then this could be the one.  Make it yours before it's gone.


  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Finish Top: Gloss
  • Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Back & Side Finish: Gloss
  • Bracing Pattern: Forward-Shifted X-Brace
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Brace Shape: Scalloped
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1 3/4''
  • Top Material: Carpathian Spruce
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Back Material: East Indian Rosewood
  • Neck Taper: High-Performance Taper
  • Side Material: East Indian Rosewood
  • Electronics: None


  • Top Color: Aging Toner
  • Bridge Style: Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
  • Binding: European Flamed Maple
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2 5/32"
  • Top Inlay Material: Style 42
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Top Detail: None
  • Bridge Pin Material: White Plastic
  • Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
  • Bridge Pin Dots: Abalone
  • Pickguard Inlay: None
  • Saddle: Compensated Bone
  • Rosette: Abalone with Multi-Stripe
  • Saddle Radius: 16"


  • Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides Color: None
  • Brace Size: 5/16"
  • Back Detail: Figured
  • Back Purfling/Strip: Style 45 with Black Stripe
  • Back Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
  • Heelcap: European Flamed Maple with Multi-Stripe
  • Side Detail: Figured
  • Endpiece: European Flamed Maple
  • Side Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
  • Endpiece Inlay: Multi-Stripe


  • Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Finish Neck: Gloss
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8''
  • Neck Color: Dark Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Inlay Style: Style 45 Snowflake
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Inlay Material: Abalone
  • Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret
  • Fingerboard Binding Material: European Flamed Maple with Multi-Stripe
  • Side Dots: Black


  • Headstock Shape: Solid with Square Taper and Square Corners
  • Tuning Machines: Nickel Open Gear
  • Headplate Material: East Indian Rosewood
  • Knob: Butterbean
  • Headplate Logo Style: Block Inlay
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headplate Binding Material: European Flame Maple with Multi-Stripe


  • Case: Ply Hardshell
  • Label: None 

Serial #2227053