An exquisite offering from Martin, this extremely rare guitar is from a limited edition of only 50.
The sides, back, headplate, end piece, and heel cap are crafted from Martin's highest grade of CITES Certified Brazilian rosewood. The soundboard is bookmatched from premium grade Sitka spruce with heavy bearclaw figuring. Internal X-braces are crafted from Adirondack red spruce, forward shifed to a position one inch from the soundhole and carefully scalloped for optimum tone.
Building upon the original Martin Tree of Life inlay pattern, the D-50 Deluxe Edition features a genuine African ebony fingerboard inlaid with a freshly redesigned Tree of Life pattern. Every leaf, flower and stem of the Tree of Life is cut from highly colorful dark heart abalone, then painstakingly bordered with a thin band of mother of pearl. The thin pearl bordering creates a shimmering effect that is almost jewel-like in appearance against the black ebony background.
The Tree of Life pattern continues under the nut and onto the headplate where it terminates with the Martin script logo, also inlaid in abalone with pearl bordering.
The D-50 is the first Martin guitar that features inlay on the instrument's sides and back. Two pairs of floral designs appear on both sides of the back inlay strip, and on either side of the neck heel and endpiece.
The African ebony bridge and the polished black pickguard are inlaid with matching Tree of Life patterns, also cut from abalone and bordered with pearl. A special endpiece is cut from Brazilian rosewood and inlaid with the leaves from the Tree of Life pattern, then precisely boxed with abalone pearl inlay bordering. The heelcap, also of Brazilian rosewood, is inlaid with a Tree of Life flower and leaf motif.
The D-50 is bound with grained ivoroid throughout and is inlaid with highly colorful dark heart abalone at virtually every possible seam including the rosette, the top and back edges of the side binding, the perimeter of the back, the back inlay strip, the end piece, the neck heel area on the body, the neck heel area of the neck, the side profile of the neck and headstock, and the front edging of the fingerboard and headplate. Specific areas have been further enhanced with special herringbone pearl including the perimeter of the top, the area around the extension of the fingerboard, the inner ring of the rosette, and the center stripe of the back inlay strip.
Vintage styled Waverly gold plated brass tuning machines with vintage style butterbean knobs are delicately and individually hand engraved. The nut, saddle. bridge pins and end pin are all crafted from genuine fossilized ivory. The bridge pins and end pin are further enhanced with star sapphire inlays and bordered in 14-karat gold settings.
In keeping with the premium elements of this special instrument, each D-50 Deluxe Edition is furnished with a very special genuine top-hide leather 5-ply hardshell case, padded and lined with crushed burgundy velvet and equipped with an onboard humidity/temperature gauge.
2002 Martin D50 Deluxe Limited Edition of 50, Brazilian RW, Bearclaw Sitka
BODY SIZE D-14 Fret TOP WOOD Premium Grade Bearclaw Sitka Spruce BACK & SIDES WOOD Brazilian Rosewood BRACING Adirondack Red Spruce BRACING PATTERN Forward Shifted Scalloped X-Brace FRETBOARD African Ebony INLAYS Tree of Life - Abalone outlined with Mother of Pearl BRIDGE African Ebony w/Tree of Life Inlay PICKGUARD Polished Black w/Tree of Life Inlay ENDPIECE Brazilian Rosewood w/Tree of Life Leaves Inlay HEEL CAP Brazilian Rosewood w/Tree of Life Flower & Leaf Inlay BINDING Grained Ivoroid, Abalone, Herringbone TUNERS Waverly Gold Plated Brass with Hand-Engraved Vintage Style Butterbean Knobs NUT & SADDLE Fossilized Ivory BRIDGE PINS Fossilized Ivory w/ Star Sapphire Inlays Bordered in 14-Karat Gold Settings CASE
Genuine Top-Hide Leather 5-Ply Hardshell Case, Padded and Lined with Crushed Burgundy Velvet and Equipped with an Onboard Humidity/Temperature Gauge.