Martin 000-45 1928 (Pre-War) an iconic guitar – here an incredibly good reproduction by Joel Whitehead from 2020!
Joel Whitehead is a very talented guitar maker from California. For several years he worked as a luthier for Norman’s Rare Guitars. There he had the unique opportunity to inspect and repair many high quality guitars. He started his own business a few years ago and now builds 100% handmade high-end guitars and restores old treasures (mainly Gibson and Martin guitars). The great thing about his work is that his guitars are 100% handmade and that he uses traditional techniques as well as high quality materials. His great experience with the original guitars enables him to rebuild them accurately.
A few years ago, an original 1928 Martin 000-45 came into the shop at Norman’s Rare Guitars. Joel had the opportunity to do repairs on this guitar. He studied the details very carefully and has now rebuilt it true to the original.
specs on the guitar
.AAA Adirondack spruce top
.Adirondack spruce bracing
.sides and back of east Indian rosewood
. X bracing patern scallop forward shifted
.Maple bridge plate
.ebony slot though pyramid bridge
.neck of honduras mahogany
.peg head of rosewood with mother of pearl torch inlay
.grover vintage style tuners
.finger bord of ebony with 45style inlays
.bone nut and bone saddle
.nitrocellulose lacquer with aged finish
.truss rod double action, 12 1/2″ x 3/8
.bone bridge pins
.the entire guitar is surrounded with celluloid tortoiseshell binding and abalone pearl
.nut with is 1.780” scale length is 25.34”
.neck is carved to a soft D
The sound of this gorgeous guitar is just stunning. It will blow you away with a huge volume and amazing basses. The sound is round, balanced and deep.
If you have always dreamed of an original pre-war Martin of the highest class, then this is a unique opportunity, because the original costs around 100000 Euros and this guitar comes pretty close to the original.