1904 Martin 1-45$24,000.00
One of the most prized guitars of the Mike Longworth collection. Mike Longworth was C.F. Martin’s company historian and the author of the first book on the history of Martin. This historically-important instrument is one of only five 1-45 guitars made, the last in 1919. As you Martin fans might know, Mike Longworth’s connection to the Style 45 runs deep as it was he that Martin hired to do the inlay work on the revived D-45 in 1968 (Martin had stopped doing pearl trim during World War II and did not begin again until Longworth’s D-45 that year).
The Model 1 was the largest Martin guitar at the time. All the inlay is original including the snowflakes on the fingerboard the ultra-deluxe flowerpot on the Brazilian rosewood overlay on the unbound peghead. There are a few repaired cracks on this 115 year-old instrument, but don’t wait for a cleaner one. Original ivory bridge, inlaid tuner buttons, original case. More details soon.