An exceptional example of one of the 46 F-2 Archtop guitars crafted by Martin over its short-lived 3 years of production. These rarities are seldom offered for sale and an exceptional rarity to see within Australia.
This particular example has its provenance as having come from the collection of the esteemed Australian collector, the late John Hurlston.
Rarity and collectability aside, the instrument is a joy for the player. The pairing of old-growth Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood coming together in the company's Golden Era yields the harmonically stunningly balanced harmonic complexity players and recording engineers are forever chasing.
Very original, minimal issues and stunning overall condition, both aesthetically and pragmatically. A beautiful wartime Martin.
Finish: Shadetop (Sunburst)
Body Material: Carved Solid Adirondack Spruce Top, Solid Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Neck Material: Solid Honduran Mahogany
Fingerboard Material: Ebony, Hexagonal Abalone inlays. Brazilian Rosewood Headplate, Abalone Martin insignia.
Neck Profile: 1940s C
Neck Details: Set neck
Hardware: Nickel (Original 'Yoda Head' Tuners), Martin branded 'Trapeze' style tailpiece.
Modifications / Repairs: Evidence of professionally executed overspray to the rear of neck and back & sides. Noticeable under black light, however barely noticeable to the player from a tactile perspective. Two stable but unrepaired cracks to soundboard towards the edge of pickguard (one approx 10cm, the feathering from the tip of the F-Hole at around 3cm). Neither crack poses an immediate structural concern.
Cosmetic Condition: Great condition overall. Typical minor aesthetic blemishes are consistent with age.
Tech Notes: Setup by our in house technician with Martin Retro Monel 12-53s.
Case Details: Original 'Eagle Lock Co.' era hardcase.
Serial Number: 80784 (Early 1942)
Made in: USA