Rudy Blazer and Willi Henkes, building in Tuebingen, Germany, are responsible for some of the best guitars on the planet built in the Martin tradition. This dreadnaught, called their Phoenix model, is based on a 1939 D-28. The back and sides are Brazilian rosewood, the top is up-graded figured alpine moon spruce from Austria. The neck is non-adjustable with carbon fiber reinforcement and has the traditional dove-tail neck joint. The guitar has rear-shifted braces (as in the D-28s made after 1938) of alpine moon spruce, and is meant to communicate a punchier tone than other dreads. In fact, the tone of this guitar is wide-open, pedal-to-the-metal style, up and down the fingerboard. There is power here and more power in reserve. And yet the tone is full of clarity and full of the richness that comes from Brazilian rosewood. Think of this: if you have heard a grand piano with its lid half-closed and then opened wide to reveal its tone in its full glory, you can imagine the wonderful presence of this remarkable guitar. With a 1-¾" wide nut, and 2-5/16" string spacing at the saddle. There is one condition proviso: the top was refinished by Rudy and Willi at the time of the guitar's construction due to issues with the lacquer, but only the top of the guitar. The back and sides are pristine, as is the finish on the neck and headstock. Then, when the owner had the guitar, the guitar got cold--and he discovered upon his return to the guitar a week later some severe finish checking on the top but nowhere else on the guitar. Along with the checking there are two barely visible hairline cracks running from the bridge to the bottom of the guitar and one on the treble side that runs from the bottom to the lowest edge of the pickguard. These cracks are glued and cleated, and may have been caused by windchecks that were indetectable during construction. The finish checking itself was treated in such a way as to smooth out the surface of the lacquer. The result? The top is not pretty, but it is stable. And because of these condition issues, this is an opportunity for someone to save thousands of dollars on an instrument whose superlative tone makes it a supreme tool for making music.