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Martin Custom Shop Special Edition D-45 Fire & Ice Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (SN:2181859)

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When our head guitar buyer first laid eyes on this Special Edition D-45 Fire & Ice at the Martin booth at NAMM 2018, he was extremely floored by every single aspect of this instrument—from its striking inlay designs to its superb sonic qualities and playability. Instantly falling in love with this instrument, he bought this guitar with no hesitation. With only a small number of these rare, special-order instruments currently available on the market, this D-45 is the epitome of extravagance with its astonishing ornamentation. Crafted using visually and sonically stunning Madagascar rosewood and Engelmann spruce, this D-45 offers all the celebrated craftsmanship and components that you've come to expect from a Martin guitar. Whether you're a discerning guitar collector, guitarist, or aficionado who truly appreciates the artistic talent that goes into crafting and designing an instrument, this D-45 Fire & Ice is sure to make a fine addition to your collection.

Epitome of Extravagance
One of the first things you'll notice about this truly exquisite D-45 Fire & Ice is the inlay design, which is beyond breathtaking and easily one of the finest & most elaborate that we've seen here at Sam Ash. Martin teamed up with famed inlay artist, Harvey Leach, to create a theme that represents two opposing forces being brought together in battle. These intricate shell and stone inlays include a pickguard and bridge that feature a carefully crafted dragon and phoenix, a phoenix rising above the flames towards the bottom of the fretboard, and up at the headstock, the fierce, fiery dragon is being neutralized in ice that's seemingly dripping down from the top of the fingerboard to the middle. European flame maple bindings and abalone trimmings grace the top, back, and rosette while the custom center strip really adds an extra touch of elegance. The colorful, highly-ornate inlays are proof that a guitar can be so much more than just an instrument… it can also be a true artistic masterpiece.

Marvelous Madagascar and Enticing Engelmann
While this D-45 takes aesthetic excellence and artistic talent to an entirely new level, first and foremost, this guitar is a remarkable incarnation one of Martin's most legendary models, the D-45 (aka the Holy Grail of acoustic guitars)—and it's just begging to be played. Keeping this in mind, Martin has crafted this D-45 Fire & Ice with premium tonewoods that are absolutely amazing to look at and incredible to hear. Sonically, the pairing of Madagascar rosewood and Engelmann spruce top creates a rich, deep, complex voice with plenty of projection, a gorgeous, full-bodied low end, and trebles that'll shimmer like no other. When playing the D-45 Fire & Ice, you'll find that chords are full of life and single notes are anything but thin. Visually, these tonewoods display wonderful symmetry and showcase distinctive grain patterns that'll instantly grab your attention.

Celebrated Craftsmanship and Components
As you'd expect, the D-45 Fire & Ice offers all the superior craftsmanship and fine attention to detail that has made C.F. Martin & Co. the American icon that it is today. Made using only the finest materials, this D-45 sports a genuine mahogany High Performance neck, an ebony fingerboard & bridge, a bone nut & saddle, and a set of premium gold Schaller GrandTune open-gear tuning machines.


  • Rare Special Edition Martin D-45
  • Bearclaw Engelmann Spruce with Madagascar Rosewood Back & Sides
  • Genuine Mahogany Neck with High Performance Taper
  • European Flamed Maple Bindings and Special Shell & Stone Inlays Throughout
  • Bone Nut and Saddle
  • Schaller Gold GrandTune Open-Gear Tuners
  • Interior Label Signed by Chris Martin and Renowned Inlay Artist Harvey Leach

Get your Martin Custom Shop Special Edition D-45 Fire & Ice Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar from Sam Ash today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Hardshell Case


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Body Size/Shape D-14 Fret (Dreadnought)
Body Wood Madagascar Rosewood
Top Engelmann Spruce
Bracing Scalloped Forward Shifted X Bracing with 5/16" Adirondack Spruce Braces
Cutaway None
Top/Body Finish Gloss with Aging Toner Top
Neck Type Dovetail Joint (Hide Glue Construction)
Neck Wood Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape Modified Low Oval with High Performance Taper
Neck Finish Gloss
Scale Length 25.4"
Fingerboard Ebony
Number Of Frets 20
Nut Width 1-3/4"
Bridge Type Ebony Modern Belly with Drop-In Saddle
Nut & Saddle Bone Nut/Compensated Bone Saddle
Tuning Machines Schaller GrandTune Open-Gear with Butterbean Knobs
Electronics None
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series Special Editions
Model D-45 Fire & Ice
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions. Product must be registered within 30 days to qualify for warranty.

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