Every year at the NAMM show in Anaheim, the Martin Custom Shop brings an incredible lineup of "Show Special" custom one-off instruments to showcase the litany of options and tonewoods available. These guitars are always some of the most talked about guitars at the show, and Martin Marquis Dealers can enter the lottery to compete to bring these stunning guitars home.
Two years ago, we were lucky enough to win an ornate Size 2 Parlor with rare Kingwood back and sides. It's a bizarre story that you can read here, and for whatever reason, the number "13" kept popping up in interesting ways.
This year, #13 strikes again! We only entered the lottery for two guitars—#13 and #14. We left Anaheim a day early, so we missed the Custom Shop lottery in person. When we got back to Telluride, we assumed we hadn't had much luck with the lottery—no calls, no texts, no e-mails—better luck next year, right?
Fast forward four weeks, and a Martin shipment notification shows up in our inbox. Guess what? Guitar #13 was on its way to Telluride! Naturally, it arrived February 13. The D-42 Guatemalan has landed! Lucky #13 strikes again.
This Martin Custom Shop D-42 features a Carpathian Spruce Top and rare Guatemalan Rosewood back and sides. As one of the hottest guitars in Martin's NAMM 2020 "Featured Custom Instruments" collection, it is limited to 1 of 1. We entered the lottery because we loved the look of the Guatemalan Rosewood and the sweet tones it produces. Its tone is refined and rich with nice high-end detail. Its bass presence is powerful, but tight and not overly boomy. Plus, it features high-end appointments such as Style-45 fingerboard inlays and European Flamed Maple binding all around.
- Body Size: 14-Fret Dreadnought
- Top: Carpathian Spruce (7-8 Grade)
- Back & Sides: Guatemalan Rosewood
- Bracing: Scalloped 5/16" Certified European Spruce
- Binding: European Flamed Maple
- Bridge: Black Ebony w/ 6-pt Style-45 Snowflake Inlay
- String Spacing at Saddle: 2-5/32"
- Fingerboard: Black Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlay: Style-45 Snowflake w/ hand-selected Abalone
- Nut: Bone, 1-3/4"
- Top Purfling: Style-42 Abalone w/ Black Maple Fiber
- Rosette: Style-45 Abalone w/ Black Maple Fiber
- Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
- Scale Length: 25.4"