The Martin Custom Shop Special 45 adds a new level of luxury to the already decked-out dreadnought. The top is made from hand-selected, premium Engelmann Bearclaw spruce. Primarily found in old growth trees, it gets its name from the cross-grain patterns that almost appear to be bear scratches. Martin utilizes forward-shifted X-bracing for the top, which moves the center of the "X" closer to the soundhole. Developed in the 1930s, this pattern allows the top to vibrate greater for increased projection and a deeper low end.

This heirloom-quality instrument features East Indian rosewood on the sides and two-piece back. The satin-finished mahogany neck has a comfortable, modified low-oval-profile with a high performance taper. Abalone hexagon inlays line the black ebony fingerboard.

Antique white binding dresses up the Special 45, which is also outfitted with a black ebony bridge, bone nut and saddle, abalone headstock logo and gold Grover open-gear tuners with vintage buttons. It comes with a molded hardshell case.
  • Englemann Bearclaw spruce top, East Indian rosewood sides and 2-piece back

  • Mahogany neck with black ebony fingerboard, black ebony bridge, abalone hexagon inlays
  • Grover gold open-gear tuners with vintage buttons
  • Gloss varnish body, satin varnish neck
  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Top wood: Figured Spruce
  • Back & sides: Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Forward X pattern
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Neck shape: Custom Oval
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.4 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Bridge: Black ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Bone Bone
  • Pickup/preamp: Not applicable
  • EQ/Tuner: Not applicable
  • Special features: Tonewoods Special headstock logo
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style Open-gear
  • Orientation: Right Handed
  • Number of strings: 6 String
  • Case: Hardshell Case
  • Country of origin: United States
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