This guitar could easily be mistaken for a 15 year old recreation from Martin. It is not, however, and while the appearance does not belie this, the materials used in construction definitely do. Brazilian rosewood back and sides, ivory bridge, ivory bindings on body and fingerboard, 2-piece ?Spanish Cedar? neck, first-growth Adirondack Spruce top, bar frets, exquisite Handel inlaid tuner buttons (far rarer than a Style 42 or even a Style 45 guitar), and 1-13/16? nut width are all indicative of far older Martin construction.
At 108 years old, meet our latest pearl-topped Martin ?centenarian.? (A person between 100 and 109 can be called a centenarian.)
While this guitar (one of five 00-42s built in 1911) looks spectacular, it is apparent on close examination that some restoration was done in the past, before it came to us. While there are no back or top cracks and those surfaces exhibit a completely original finish, there are interior cleats added to bolster a seamless crack repair on the lower treble side, and there is repair and overspray on portions of both sides which successfully erased whatever repairs or flaws they were done to hide (nothing is evident in the interior of the lower bass bout.) It is Svengali-like work that is difficult to see and not a distraction in the least, and is in fact so good that it is almost a point of pride. The neck has been reset at some point and action is low. The original and gorgeous ivory pyramid bridge has been off (there is some scarring on the top from this) and hairlines in the bridge have been sealed. We had new, exact replica bridge pins custom made using specs taken from the 1904 00-30 that we recently sold. (It?s a little detail, but one that we are quite proud to get right.)
This one takes steel strings easily without distortion to the body. And the tone is something that just cannot be produced by a modern (or even many septuagenarian (70-year-old) instruments. It comes with a fairly modern arched top hard shell case.