1983 Martin Custom Shop 12 String

1983 Martin Custom Shop 12 String

A totally unique and truly spectacular 12-string guitar built over thirty-five years ago for Dick Boak, who who transformed the Martin Company into the vibrant world-renowned company it is today. Dick took care of all of Martin’s artist relations, and over the decades helped their endorsers design all of their special signature models. Dick also designed, organized, set up, and more importantly filled Martin’s now famous museum at their factory with materials and instruments from their archives. This guitar was made for Dick’s personal use, entirely of his own extremely talented design. It is of OM, size, with cutaway body and oval soundhole, with premium rosewood back and sides and absolutely the very best materials throughout. The scale length is an appropriate 24.9”. The top is trimmed in traditional herringbone, with heart-of-abalone shell rosette inlay around the soundhole. The fingerboard inlay is a one-of-a-kind design, by Dick, a “Vine of Harmonics". It was made to his specifications by David Nichols, the inlay master who did all of Martin’s best work for many years. Its pattern is as intricate in meaning as it is in design, with fingerboard harmonics denoted by nexus points in the vines, and on and on. A complete explanation of it, written by Dick, is available by email on request. This guitar is a complete and total knockout.

And now for the heart of all this, what the guitar can do and indeed does. Its tones are bright and complex and wonderfully warm at the same time. It's got tons of volume across the entire range, is just the most amazing 12-string guitar I’ve ever played. The action is silky to the end and you’ll never tire of playing this instrument. It is, to the best of my knowledge, the only 000/OM cutaway 12-string guitar that Martin has ever made. There is an internal pickup, installed at the factory. Included are the original receipt from Martin to Dick with “employee” on it; a hand-written note from Dick to the builders requesting action specifics; and a serial numbered copy of its Martin “Receiving Report” paperwork for special inclusion in the Martin display at the Summer NAMM show of 1993. It doesn’t get any better than this. $6995 w/ohsc

And now for the heart of all this, what the guitar can do and indeed does, in ever-expanding multiples. Its tones are bright and complex, yet wonderfully warm at the same time. It's got tons of volume across the entire range, is just the most amazing 12-string guitar I’ve ever played, in every conceivable way. The action is silky to the end, and you’ll never tire of playing this instrument. It is, to the best of my knowledge, the only 000/OM cutaway 12-string guitar that Martin has ever made, and we’ll never see another like it. There is an internal pickup, installed at the factory. Included are the original receipt from Martin to Dick with “employee” on it; a hand-written note from Dick to the builders requesting action specifics; and a serial numbered copy of its Martin “Receiving Report” paperwork for special inclusion in the Martin display at the Summer NAMM show of 1993. It just doesn’t get any better than this. $6995 w/ohsc

w/ohsc

$6995.00
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<p>2019-02-07</p>