Used Martin Custom Shop Wildwood Spec 0-42
Condition of InstrumentThis Martin was originally sold by Wildwood and is in excellent condition with very little to no play wear. The guitar includes the original hardshell case that is also in excellent condition.
Tonal EvaluationWhen fingerpickers drift off to sleep at night, they dream of this guitar. I know that it will haunt my dreams for several weeks, at least! The first ingredient in the recipe for a perfect fingerstyle is responsiveness. There’s always going to be a little delay between the moment your finger hits the string and the moment the note jumps out of the soundhole, but truly great instruments like this 0-12 reduce that gap to almost nothing. This guitar responds so quickly that the top almost feels like an extension of your hand—a mark of a truly expressive musical tool.
The second ingredient is resonance. If a small-bodied acoustic isn’t resonant, its going to sound thin. Thankfully, this guitar doesn’t have that problem—far from it, in fact. When I hit my first open A chord on this bad boy, the back and sides started vibrating so hard and so fast that it genuinely startled me! Obviously, its nice that such a small guitar can fill a room with sound so quickly, but there’s an added bonus: every time you play this guitar, you get a little tummy massage!
But, resonance means nothing if its not in the right places on the frequency spectrum. Thankfully, the genius builders at Martin have hit all the sweet spots on this particular serial. The low-midrange is particularly special: deep and dark but brilliant, with overtones for days as the note blooms. This piano-like boom tightens up in the midrange, and by the time you get into the treble frequencies, this guitar sounds quite dry and transparent. Above all that, there’s a bump in the really high frequencies that adds a bit of brilliance and airiness to the sound. The end result is an acoustic guitar that fills up a room without overwhelming the ears with high-end information—a rare feat indeed! Most small-bodied acoustic guitars are the opposite (high-end shimmer with tight midrange), so this 0-12 will really add a new dimension to your sound!
|Model||Custom Shop Wildwood Spec 0-42|
|Body Type||0-12 Fret|
|Bracing||1/4" Adirondack Spruce, Golden Era|
|Top Wood||Hand Selected High Altitude Swiss Spruce (European, Certified)|
|Back & Sides Wood||Hand Selected Premium Madagascar Rosewood|
|Back & Sides Finish||Polished Gloss|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Style 42 Snowflakes, Select Abalone (Golden Era)|
|Neck Wood||Genuine Mahogany|
|Neck Shape||Modified "V"|
|Headplate Veneer||Madagascar Rosewood|
|Neck Joint||Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint|
|Neck Dimensions||.830 1st - .930 9th|
|Fingerboard||Solid Black Ebony|
|Width at Nut||1 3/4"|
|Rosette||Style 45 Abalone|
|Top Purfling||Style 45|
|Tuners||Waverly Side Mount w/ Ivoroid Buttons|
|Bridge Style||Ebony Belly|
|Bridge Material||Solid Black Ebony|
|Bridge Spacing||2 1/4"|
|Case||Black Custom Shop LTD Edition Hardshell Case with Embroidered Logo and internal dust cover|
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