Originally manufactured from 1933 to 1942, the D-45 is Martin's top-of-the-line model. It features their most popular body size with their highest level of cosmetic appointments. The D-45 is a flashy guitar with refined tone and delicate nuance to match. By popular demand, it was reintroduced in 1968, and since then, it has remained the flagship of Martin's Standard Series.
The D-45 starts with Martin's celebrated dreadnought body. Introduced in 1933, the Martin dreadnought is easily the most influential and copied acoustic guitar design. In the '30s, players needed an instrument that produced more volume and could compete with louder banjos, fiddles, and mandolins. Martin's solution was a wider, longer body that had a wider waist, too. The dreadnought quickly satisfied players' desires for more volume, and its deep bass response and resonant sound has found a home in practically every genre and every playing style. Its throaty tone is what many players expect an acoustic guitar to sound like.
Martin is usually known for understated, timeless elegance. But while Style-45 guitars are certainly ornate and flashy, they are not ostentatious or over the top. The first Style-45 guitars were offered in 1908, and they expanded on the earlier Style-42 instruments by added abalone purfling to the back and sides (Instead of just around the top). In 1934, Martin redesigned the peghead with the classic vertical "C.F. Martin" inlay that makes these guitars instantly recognizable.
By the early 2000s, the D-45 remained true to the prewar originals. Sitka Spruce and East Indian Rosewood replaced Adirondack and Brazilian, and bright White Corian binding makes the abalone purfling pop. The mid-2000s D-45 also has a narrower 1-11/16" nut width as well as a Modified Low Oval neck profile. These modern design elements make the guitar more approachable and playable.
This 2005 D-45 is a classy, dressed-up guitar with rich, inspiring tone to match. It was brought to us by the original owner who cared for it meticulously. For a 16-year-old guitar, it is in exceptional cosmetic condition, and its frets just as clean, too. A faulty soundhole humidifier caused one section of the center strip to come unglued (directly underneath the "C.F. Martin & Co." brand). It has been re-glued properly, and that is the only repair—except from an occasional string change. The current setup is low and inviting—this guitar is a great player! No issues, no dings or severe scratches. Just a knockout D-45 that has been treasured. From the first chord, you'll want to treasure it, too.