10 October 2008
C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY
A GUITAR, STYLE D-42AR, NAZARETH, PA., 2002
The headstock inlaid C.F. Martin, labeled C.F. Martin & Co D-42AR Amazon Rosewood Dreadnought C.F. Martin IV The Martin Guitar Company Nazareth, Pennsylvania USA, bearing the serial number 895463, length of back 20 in (508 mm) with case (2)
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With the exception of the added pearl inlay on the fingerboard, the D-42AR follows Martin's traditional Style 42 adornments. This dreadnought is constructed with what is commonly called Amazon rosewood (Dalbergia spruceana). Though quite similar to Brazilian rosewood in rarity and tonal quality the wood is not an endangered species and subject to the restrictions under the CITES treaty. This D-42AR was a "wood test" prototype for the edition of 30 guitars produced by Martin.
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