One of 17 made in 1903, with only about 100 of this model made by Martin prior to discontinuing production in 1921. This guitar is in lovely, nearly unbelievable condition. No top cracks, very little wear and lovely patina. Beautiful Brazilian rosewood back and sides of the ?boringly perfect? straight grained variety that Martin reserved for its high-end models. (Like the top, there is hardly any wear on the back or sides either.) The 30-style top border of colored marquetry with the abalone rosette is a combination that makes our hearts go pitter-pat, which is why we spec these same cosmetics on our top-of-the line Schoenberg Quartet.
This guitar had a very recent neck reset, new bar frets and setup from Dennis Berck. The guitar had never been serviced in the over 100 years before Dennis got it! Dennis also addressed a few back and side dryness cracks, and largely ?disappeared? those. There is a bit of finish touchup on one side to blend in the crack leveling work. Everything on the guitar is original including the finish, bracing, bridge pins, bridge saddle, bridge, bridge plate, tuners, and nut. Non original are the bar frets and endpin. Setup with Newtone Heritage Light steel strings.
Non original hard case.