Guitars Martin D-42 Special Guitar

Martin D-42 Special Guitar
CHF 15'999.00

In conjunction with former Martin employee Dick Boak, Martin Guitar is proud to introduce a stunning high-end Dreadnought model: the D-42 Special. The idea for this model began nearly 25 years ago when Martin installed its first laser engraving machine, and Boak began experimenting with various ways to utilize it. Boak created an intricate pen and ink illustration of a complex floral design that was meant to be laser engraved into a tortoise pickguard, but the material proved unable to be safely engraved. Fast-forward 23 years, Boak came across his original illustration and thought it would make a beautiful piece if inlaid with pearl. He was right! Working with Bill Seymour and Jeremy Chism at Pearlworks, the trio modified the artwork to allow for the detailed pearl inlay work. The resulting prototype won the approval of Chris Martin IV, who asked Boak to expand the design to the fingerboard and headstock. The model also features premium-grade East Indian rosewood back and sides, with the highest grade of Sitka spruce selected for the soundboard. Scalloped forward-shifted X-bracing ensures the open projection for which Martin guitars are prized. Additional vintage-inspired appointments include antique white bindings; abalone inlay along the perimeter of the top, fingerboard extension, and rosette; a full gloss finish with top aging toner; and nickel open-gear tuning machines with butterbean knobs. This model is limited to 100 instruments.

Top Color
Aging Toner
Binding
Antique White
Top Inlay Material
Abalone with Multi-Stripe
Top Detail
N/A
Pickguard
Black Acrylic
Pickguard Inlay
Custom Inlay
Rosette
Abalone with Multi-Stripe
Bridge Style
Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
Bridge String Spacing
2 5/32"
Bridge Material
Ebony
Bridge Pin Material
White Plastic
Bridge Pin Dots
Abalone
Saddle
Compensated Bone
Saddle Radius
16"
Brace Material
Sitka Spruce
Brace Size
5/16"
Back Purfling/Strip
Style 45
Heelcap Endpiece
Antique White
Endpiece Inlay
Multi-Stripe
Back & Sides Color
N/A
Back Detail
N/A
Back Inlay Material
Multi-Stripe
Side Detail
N/A
Side Inlay Material
N/A
Neck Material
Genuine Mahogany
Finish Neck
Gloss
Neck Color
Dark Mahogany
Number of Frets Total
20
Neck Joins Body at Side Dots
14th Fret
Fingerboard Material
Ebony
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret
2 1/8''
Fingerboard Inlay Style
Dick Boak Inlay Design
Fingerboard Inlay Material
Dick Boak Inlay Design
Fingerboard Binding Material
Antique White
Headstock Shape
Solid w/ Square Taper & Diamond
Headplate Material
Ebony
Headplate Logo Style
Custom Inlay
Headplate Binding Material
Antique White
Tuning Machines
Nickel Open Gear
Knob
Ebony
Nut Material
Bone
Case
Ply hard shell
Case item no.
12C545EC
Label
Signed by CFM IV & Boak
Left Handed Availability
No
Pleked
Yes

Specifications Overview

  • Body SizeD-14 Fret
  • Construction:Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Bracing PatternForward Shifted X Brace
  • Brace ShapeScalloped
  • Top MaterialSitka Spruce
  • Back MaterialEast Indian Rosewood
  • Side MaterialEast Indian Rosewood
  • Recommended StringsAuthentic Acoustic Lifespan 2.0 - Medium MA550T
  • Finish TopGloss
  • Back & Side FinishGloss
  • Scale length25.4"
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut:1 3/4''
  • Neck ShapeModified Low Oval
  • Neck TaperHigh Performance Taper
  • Electronics
  • Electronics Options