This Martin Australian Dealer Special has come to Classic Guitars from a private collection and is one of only 20 produced. Based on a premium version of the DC16-GTE, this dreadnought pairs Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides with a Sitka Spruce top in a highly polished gloss finish. Unique features include a Southern Cross headstock inlay over black ebony plate, custom snowflake inlays and pearl rosette; all in gorgeous Blue Paua shell. The guitar’s soundhole label identifies this as a custom series instrument.
The Spruce soundboard is braced in a scalloped D1 Hybrid pattern, lending itself to exemplary bass response. This, combined with the tonal qualities of the Blackwood (a member of the Acacia family related to Hawaiian Koa, and often compared tonally to Mahogany or Indian Rosewood) creates a lively but well-balanced sonic profile. The neck on this guitar is considered a Modern Low Oval shape with a 16” radius, is satin-finished and fitted with G-300 fret wire.
Fitted from factory, the Fishman Prefix Premium Blend pickup combines the acclaimed Acoustic Matrix under-saddle pickup with a gooseneck microphone in the soundhole to capture the natural resonance of the instrument and produce a delightfully complete electrified acoustic sound. The ability to blend between the two transducers, as well as a phase switch, notch filter & 4-band EQ with contour control means the guitar is equipped to handle any amplification scenario.
This guitar is in excellent condition, and is supplied in its original hardshell case, with original owner’s registration and warranty card.