Martin D-45 - Natural

Acoustic Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Solid Rosewood Back and Sides, and Ebony Fingerboard - Natural
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Get Your Hands On a Legendary Martin Acoustic!

Play a legend — the Martin D-45 Standard Series acoustic guitar! You want quality construction and great sound from your acoustic; Martin guitars give it to you. And if its an uncompromising, top-of-the-line Martin dreadnought you seek, you need this D-45 Standard Series guitar. Martin's stunning flagship dreadnought gives you a legendary combination of premium tonewoods, time-tested construction, and elegant inlays, for a playing experience you won't forget. Make this classic guitar your own personal tone machine; call your Sales Engineer now and get your hands on a genuine D-45 Standard Series!

Martin D-45 Standard Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Your chance to own Martin's flagship dreadnought guitar
  • You'll love these tonewoods
  • Experience a Martin with gorgeous appointments

Your chance to own Martin's flagship dreadnought guitar
Looking for the top dog in Martin's production lineup? Here it is. The D-45 represents the most elegantly appointed dreadnought Martin offers in their line. You get it all with this guitar: a big, open sound, gorgeous appointments, and the kind of playability that makes you want to pick it up again and again. It's no coincidence that prewar D-45s are some of the most sought-after guitars in the world — and not just because they're so rare; the D-45 model is simply the pinnacle of a premium brand.

You'll love these tonewoods
While you may be attracted, at first glance, to the D-45 for its elegant looks, you'll soon find that the heart of this guitar truly lies in the big yet detailed sound it gives you. Martin constructed the D-45's back and sides from solid East Indian rosewood, which, in combination with a solid Sitka spruce top, provides you with a rich tonality and the kind of acoustic punch you need to make yourself heard. You'll also love the D-45's premium solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge.

Experience a Martin with gorgeous appointments
You might just find yourself playing the D-45 in front of a mirror — so you can admire its beautiful appointments while you enjoy its tones! During the company's first century or so of existence, Martin had avoided making their guitars with too much "flashy ornamentation," arguing that it would detract from the tone and the "dignity" of the instruments. But when Gene Autry custom-ordered the biggest, fanciest acoustic Martin could muster in 1933, the company complied. Thus, the first D-45 was born. This beautiful dreadnought still boasts abalone pearl top, side, and back inlays, and its fingerboard features distinctive hexagonal Style 45 position inlays.

Martin D-45 Standard Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Model: D-45
  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 45
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X,'' Scalloped
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Back Purfling: Style 45
  • Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Endpiece: White Boltaron
  • Endpiece Inlay: Abalone with Black/White Boltaron
  • Binding: White Boltaron
  • Top Inlay Style: Abalone Pearl with Black/White/Black Boltaron
  • SIde Inlay: Abalone Pearl with Black/White/Black Boltaron
  • Back Inlay: Abalone Pearl with Black/White Boltaron
  • Neck Material: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Low profile
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headstock: Solid/Diamond/SquareTaper
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /C.F. Martin Block- Select Abalone Pearl
  • Heelcap: White Boltaron
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • No. of Frets Clear: 14
  • No. of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 45 Hexagon
  • Fingerboard Binding: White Boltaron
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Neck: Polished Gloss
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: Belly
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh Gold w/Large Buttons
  • Bridge & End Pins: White w/Abalone Pearl Dots
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Color, Beveled and Polished
  • Case: 460 Molded
The Martin D-45 Standard Series guitar plays — and looks — like the legend it is!

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Tech Specs

Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Polished Gloss
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Standard X Scalloped, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding White Boltaron
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Low Profile
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Style 45 Hexagon
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Gold Enclosed with Large Buttons
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D45

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The D-45 vs the D-41

Yes a beautiful piece but can Anyone tell me what the difference between the D-45 and the D-41 is? Other than a couple grand there is absolutely no difference!


I've been a collector of fine guitars for the last couple of years and have sought to try and obtain the best guitars a person should have in their arsenal that would cover the main guitars, i.e., the Gibson Les Paul Standard, the G&L Asat deluxe, Fender Select Series Strat, Taylor 814ce, etc. On the list of every serious player and/or collector should be the martin D-45. Obviously a pre-war model is out of reach for us mortals but this standard D-45 is absolutely amazing. I'm not kidding, it seems like a magical tool that creates a spiritual experience when played. I got this from sweetwater last year and my sales rep Brandon Eden personally picked this out for me and even shipped it with humidifiers inside, per my request (I live in the dry Wild West). Brandon is awesome and knows what he's talking about and does follow-up calls periodically to ensure everything is working out. Back to the guitar... This is a once in a lifetime instrument that will last for generations and make a great heirloom. It's bass-response is beautiful, the body resonates with angelic tone, and the looks, well, this is a work of art. Hours of hard work and tedious and professional effort built this instrument. It's expensive but worth every penny. Am I rude for not allowing anyone to play it? No. I would never forgive myself for letting them play it if it were damaged. I've joked that if I don't have kids one day, whom I could pass this on to, I want this buried with me. If I became bankrupt, destitute and homeless, this guitar would move to the streets with me. Purchase one of these if you can!
Music background: Worship Pastor/Songwriter/Amateur Producer


Music background: gospel singer for over 40 years in church 3 times weekly
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars