This Custom Shop Martin D-14 was built in Nazareth, PA and custom specced just for us.
With a top of Carpathian Spruce, Guatemalan Rosewood binding, and the back and sides made of rare Sinker Mahogany, this is an unbelievable guitar. Sinker Mahogany has a sumptuous, bass-rich sound that produces more volume than standard wood, and has been recovered from old growth (think around the time of Columbus or Shakespeare) logs that 'sunk' during transport into the deep rivers of Belize, in the Caribbean sometime before Mark Twain was stirring out stories next to the Mississippi. The top bracing is hand-carved Adirondack Spruce and the fingerboard and bridge, Black Ebony.
The thing we haven't mentioned yet is the colour: the dark coffee/toffee of Martin's vintage pre-war 'Ambertone 1933'. The body is gloss finished and the neck satin, giving the guitar the best of both worlds from a feel point of view.
This guitar sounds incredible. It's voice is huge, even for a dreadnought. Imagine Neil Young strumming 'Old Man' in an empty, reverb-soaked stadium and you're halfway there. But with great bottom end comes great responsibility; and that's where the Carpathian Spruce, with its tight, Eastern-European grain wrestles back control, giving you delicious articulation with long, long sustain. This is a unique guitar in so many ways.
There's a lovely piece on Sinker Mahogany in the latest Martin Journal (Page 43) https://www.martinguitar.com/martin-journal.html
Top: Carpathian Spruce (Grade 3-4)
Top Bracing: Adirondack Spruce
Back and Sides: Sinker Mahogany
Binding: Guatemalan Rosewood
Rosette: Old Style 18 Boltaron
Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
Tuners: Grover Nickel 18:1 Vintage
Fingerboard: Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay: Old Style 18
Top Colour: Ambertone 1933
Scale Length: 25.4"
Neck Join: Dovetail
Hard Case Included