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Martin Arts & Crafts 2 Limited Edition Acoustic from 2007.
This is a beautiful and quite rare Martin Arts and Crafts #2 Limited Edition 000 guitar, built in 2007 for this limited run of 100. This 000 is built with rare tonewoods such as figured German white oak back and sides with an Engelmann spruce top, a herringbone top inlay, and a stunning gold pearl ginko leaves and vine fretboard inlay which extends to the headstock. The guitar sounds fantastic, and is still in overall excellent condition with the original case included. It is number 66 out of only 100 Arts and Crafts 2 guitars built.
Guitar is in excellent overall condition with no breaks or repairs. The frets are in excellent shape and were dressed as well as the guitar given an excellent set up by a local luthier who was blown away not only with the quality of this rare guitar, but also the condition.
Just plain superior quality throughout on this build, even the case has the Martin logo hand sewn onto it.
Includes: Hardshell Case with paperwork
- 4 lbs, 1 oz.
- Engelmann Spruce Top with Aging Toner
- Figured German White Oak Back & Sides
- Scalloped ¼” Sitka Spruce Top Bracing
- Genuine Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Gold Pearl Ginko Leaves and Vine Fretboard and Headstock Inlay
- Rosewood and Oak Dovetail Design Back Strip
- Maple/Black Purfling
- 25.4″ Scale
- 1-3/4″ Nut Width
- 16″ Radius
- 2-1/4” Saddle Spacing
- 20 Frets
- .860” Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
- .910” Neck Thickness at 9th Fret
- Bone Nut and Saddle
- Stauffer Style Pyramid Bridge
- Open Gear Tuners
- 66 out of 100 Guitars
Some info on the guitar and this Limited Edition series:
C. F. Martin Arts & Crafts 2 Limited Edition #66 of 100 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (2007), made in Nazareth, PA, hand signed by CF Martin IV on the label natural finish, figured German white oak back and sides, Englemann spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.
This is one of the more interesting custom Martin models of the past couple of decades, designed as a tribute to an American aesthetic movement instead of a particular artist or historic instrument. Martin’s intention was to honor the more austere “Arts & Crafts” aesthetic that flowered in America between the eras of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Following a positive response to an Arts & Crafts Dreadnought model introduced in 2006, this Arts & Crafts 2 was conceived as a guitar more redolent of the actual era that birthed the titular movement.
This is a 000 sized 12-fret Acoustic Guitar, #10 of a Limited Edition run of 100. These were a somewhat unusual design for Martin, built with quartersawn figured German white oak back and sides with grain forming a dramatic “Cathedral” or herringbone pattern, an Engelmann spruce top, a unique ginkgo leaf fingerboard inlay motif, and a pointed-belly pyramid bridge. While some makers like Lyon & Healy had built oak guitars in the early 1900s, Martin had shown little interest in this timber.
This tastefully decorated 12-fret 000 has mostly 1900s style features including a 1 3/4″ nut width, though it is built with the “modern” solid headstock most modern players seem to prefer. The top is bordered in bold herringbone and with no pickguard. Structural features include mahogany internal blocks and dovetail neck joint, top braces of 1/4″ Sitka spruce, and end piece and outer bindings of East Indian rosewood. The low profile neck is mahogany and the nut and saddle are bone. The headstock is faced in East Indian rosewood with a “C Martin F” block gold mother of pearl logo and an inlaid pearl Ginkgo leaf floral border.
This is a long-scale guitar like a 1920s 000, 25.4″ nut to saddle with 20 frets total, a string spacing of 2 1/4″ at the 12th fret and 2 1/4″ at the bridge. The fingerboard is inlaid in an interpretation of the Arts and Crafts style with Ginkgo leaves inlaid in gold mother of pearl and a mother of pearl border. The aging toner top, as well as the sides, back, and back of the neck are all finished in Polished Gloss lacquer. The bridge is a Pyramid “Stauffer” style; the bridge and end pins are solid black ebony. The tuners are Gotoh Antique gold machines with large buttons.
The sound hole label is signed by C F Martin IV and bears the number #66 of 100. In a salute to the Arts and Crafts movement, the back stripe is made up of a repeating Rosewood & Oak Dovetail Design and on either side of the heel of the neck two rosewood squares are placed, mirrored at the end graft. This unique Oak guitar is an interesting and aesthetically pleasing instrument both visually and in sound quality, housed in a Geib style #535AC five-ply plush lined wooden case.
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 in. (10.2 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/4 in. (641 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).
Includes the original case and a package of paperwork. Excellent Condition.