This isn't your usual Custom Shop Martin Dreadnought, because it's not any kind of pre-war reissue. Instead, it replicates one of our favorite versions in the long D-28 evolution, the mid-to-late 1950s "tapered brace" examples that powered so many country and folk groups that relied on acoustic guitar. In 1956-'58 Martin used a pickguard shape that was more squared off at the bottom (near the bridge) and that's what we used for this one.

The Madagascar rosewood seen here captures that Brazilian rosewood look and sound, and the edges are bound in ivory-grained celluloid, which Martin was still using in the '50s, ditto the long "through-cut" saddle and Grover Rotomatic tuners. If you think a rosewood Martin D has to have scalloped X bracing to deliver enough bass, this guitar will change your thinking. Yet thankfully the trebles can balance the bottom end, and the result is a do-anything Dreadnought.

stock no. 48248

ModelDreadnought Custom
TopSitka spruce
Back and sidesMadagascar Rosewood(Premium)
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge spacing2 1/8"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
Serial No1956612
CaseOrig. Hard
FinishGloss
TunersGrover Chrome 102-CV Vintage style
Total frets20
RosetteStyle 28
Neck profileLow Profile
BracingSitka non-scalloped
BindingGrained Ivoroid