Hello everyone I hope that you are all well. I just purchased a new guitar two years ago and I really wanted to get opinions on this guitar. I really wanted to get an older guitar but this one sounded and played so well that I could not put it back on the rack. Anyway I bought it at Guiter Center (I know) but anyway I got it....Here is what I got and I have a few pictures of it also attached.
Guitar Center RW Custom 02
No label came with it
Martin 1128943 Custom:
Construction 1 style;ply blocks;mortise/tenon neck joint
top: Sitka Sprice
top brace: Sitka/1 Style/Non scalloped
pattern: D1 A-Frame
Tone bar, cross brace, side brace, A brace, #1 brace: All sitka spruce
Bridge plate: maple
top binding 6/32 white boltaron
None of the following: top plate, or soundhole brace, top inlays, top pearl
Style 28 no pearl inlay
Back Solid East Indian Rosewood
2 pc back panel
no purfling or strip, or caution stamp, or back inlay, or back pearl, etc.
back brace 1,2,3,4 all sitka spruce
back binding is 6/32 white boltaron
none of the following: inlays, side pearl, endpiece inlays, endpiece pearl
Ribbons are spanish cedar
tag plate maple
rear D strataply
Mahogany 10/4 with wings
neck shape/headstock mod low oval...solid/6 string no diamond/square taper
no head stamp
truss rod is 356mm 2-way adjustable
heelcap is white bol..
nut is white corian
flat not on angle
solid east indiana rosewood
headplate decal is raised gold foil
none of the following headplate bind, headplate,etc
Tuning is Ping Chrome 18:1 with small knobs (Y-step)'
radius is 16"
width at nut is 1-11/16 and at 12 fret it 2-1/8
white boltaron side dots
catalyzed 5 sheen satin chemcraft
BRIDGE: solid east indian R...
Of particular interest to me is the back two piece:
I really liked the back on it and was curious if this "bowed" pattern in the rosewood is ever going to be a problem...i thought it was beautiful for this thing...
Anyway I paid I think 1100 for it or something like that...
I want to keep one martin for a long time and have second guessed that maybe I should sell it and get an older more collectible model....
What do I say when someone asks me what kind of Martin this thing is besides a custom?
I really love playing it and that i guess should be enough reason to just keep it but I hate telling people that I have a custom that is basically a beefed up....etc.....
Thanks everyone I really enjoy this website there is almost too much information here.