Sonic Evaluation

Wildwoodians, feast your eyes on the Purple Martin D-42! It gets its name not from the color purple but from a bird called the purple martin that makes its home in Pennsylvania near the Martin factory. Of course, the inlays are jaw-dropping--perhaps some of the finest we've ever seen, honestly--but it is also glorious from a sonic standpoint. It has a round, piano-like attack that gives way to lush, warm low-end, magnificent glassy trebles, and present yet transparent midrange. It also has a good amount of headroom, so it maintains an open sound even at high volumes. Anyone searching for a head-turning strummer with a huge voice will want to fly to this Purple Martin D-42!

Condition Report

This gorgeous Purple Martin D-42 is in excellent shape with virtually no signs of play wear. However, it has had some extensive repair work done. The good people at Woodsongs Lutherie in Boulder re-glued several braces, and fixed a handful of cracks on the back. They also had to replace the back strip (the long, narrow piece of bracing that runs from the front to the back of the body) because it had cracked. The repair work is outstanding, and this guitar looks fabulous, plays well, and sounds dandy. It comes with its original Geib-style Blue Denim case. If you don't mind a guitar that's undergone a little surgery, you can snag one of the most beautiful Martins we've ever seen!


Brand Used
ModelMartin Custom Shop D-42
Body SizeD-14 Fret
Top FinishGloss
Top WoodSolid Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides MaterialSolid Cocobolo
Bracing StyleForward-Shifted 5/16" Adirondack Spruce
Neck JointMahogany Blocks, Dovetail
Neck MaterialMahogany
Neck ShapeHigh Performance Taper
Neck FinishGloss
Neck Dimensions.830 1st - .910 9th
Fingerboard InlayAbalone Purple Martins
Scale Length25.4"
Nut Width1 3/4"
Nut MaterialBone
BindingGrained Ivoroid
Top PearlStyle 42
RosetteStyle 45
TunersEngraved Gold Open Back Martin-Branded Tuners
Bridge Spacing2 3/16"
PickguardBlack with Abalone Purple Martin Inlay
BridgeEbony Belly with Abalone Inlays
Bridge PinsWhite
CaseGeib-Style Blue Jean

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