A 2003 Martin D-45V Chris Martin, Serial No. 930682,

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Lot 12
A 2003 Martin D-45V Chris Martin,
Serial No. 930682,

Sold for US$ 34,160 inc. premium
A 2003 Martin D-45V Chris Martin,
Serial No. 930682,
in natural finish, rosewood body with abalone trim, spruce top with abalone trim, mahogany neck, gold-plated open-back tuners, twenty fret bound ebony fingerboard with abalone snowflake inlays and mother-of-pearl Christopher F Martin inlay, rosewood headstock facing with abalone vertical CF MARTIN inlay, abalone rosette and top trim, ebony pin bridge, abalone inlaid white endpins, gold-plated tuners, and imitation tortoiseshell pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with green plush lining containing maker's warranty and various accessories; with handwritten label with various inscriptions including MARTIN D45V 'Dreadnought'

Footnotes

  • This guitar was a gift to Eric Clapton from Martin's Chairman, Christopher Martin IV, in 2003.

    The Martin D-45 was first introduced in 1933 but its production was halted in 1942 after ninety-one guitars were built. It was then reissued in 1968. Clapton played a 1969 1st reissue Martin D-45 guitar in 1969 when appearing with Delaney & Bonnie on German TV and also at the first appearance of Derek and the Dominos at the Lyceum, London in 1970. This guitar is a reproduction of a pre-war D-45. Of the pre-war D45s approximately fourteen had snowflake fingerboard inlays.

    Literature: LONGWORTH, Michael, Martin Guitars A History, Four Maples Press, Pennsylvania, 1988, p.174
A 2003 Martin D-45V Chris Martin, Serial No. 930682,
A 2003 Martin D-45V Chris Martin, Serial No. 930682,
A 2003 Martin D-45V Chris Martin, Serial No. 930682,
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