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£2100 ono or up for acoustic trades
For sale - my Martin M38 which dates back to 2009. These guitars don’t come up too often because people tend to keep them. I am selling because I have a big birthday this year and I am either going to get a guitar built or treat myself to a Luthier custom guitar. This Martin is a wonderful guitar - so easy to play and sounds amazing. The tone and volume really exceeds its super comfy size. The neck is fast and straight. Plenty of saddle left. In overall really nice condition - one ding in lower bout and some other light play wear but no structural issues at all. Fitted with 3 transducer pickup fitted to internal bridgeplate - similar to k&k pure mini. Sounds very natural plugged in and no batteries etc to worry about.
This is a rare chance to get a played in M38!!
Quite simply the Martin M 38 is a different guitar than any of those - it's a bigger body shape than a dreadnought - it's a grand auditorium shaped guitar that used to be known as the 0000 size instrument, but it's got a thinner or shallower depth to the body - not as deep as a dreadnought in size or depth; specifically, the depth is the same as a Martin 000 instruments, but this guitar has a much bigger sixteen inches measurement in it's lower bout dimension
Tonally, this guitar is designed to have less sustain than a dreadnought guitar would have - the notes are more evenly balanced, accelerate faster, and die off sooner. I'm also told that when this guitar is miked, it's less susceptible to feedback from the microphone.
The Martin M 38 has a 45 style rosette, a solid East Indian Rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddle, and a solid black ebony fingerboard. Of course this guitar comes with an upscale hard shell case, and this one is in the Martin 570 Geib style.
With the bone nut and saddle - these guitars are already outfitted for maximum sustain and volume - on top of the favorable design of the body - which was already in favor of clarity, evenness, and volume.
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body size: M(0000)-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 45
Top bracing pattern: Standard X Scalloped, forward shifted
Top braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16''
Back material: Solid East India Rosewood
Back purfling: Style 45
Side material: Solid East India Rosewood
Endpiece: White Boltaron
Endpiece inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: White Boltaron
Top inlay style: Black/White/Black Boltaron
Side inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Back inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Neck material: Select Hardwood
Neck shape: Low Profile
Nut material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East India Rosewood w/Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: White Bolaron with Black/White Inlay
Fingerboard material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale length: 25.4
# of frets clear: 14
# of frets total: 20
Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard position inlays: Style 38
Fingerboard binding: White Boltaron
Finish back & sides: Polished Gloss
Finish top: Polished Gloss w/Vintage Toner
Finish neck: Satin
Bridge material: Solid East India Rosewood
Bridge style: Belly
Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8"
Saddle: 16" radius/ Compensated/Bone
Tuning machines: Gotoh Chrome w/Large knobs
Bridge & endpins: White w/Black Dots
Pickguard: Tortoise Color
Case: 570 Geib style