2005 Martin 000-45S Stephen Stills Signature

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Stunning Martin 000-45S Stephen Stills from 2005, in excellent condition. Part of a Limited Edition run of only 91 instruments with this guitar being Number 51. Clear and crisp sounding it has everything you could want from a pre-war spec 12-fret Martin.

The Martin 000-45S Stephen Stills was the second signature guitar released by Martin Guitars and American music legend and long time Martin Collector Stephen Stills. The first, the Martin D-45SS, was released in 1998 and was a huge success. Also limited to a run of only 91 instruments, the D-45SS has become one of the most desirable Artist Signature guitars Martin have produced with demand easily outstripping supply.

The 000-45S Stephen Stills Signature Edition is based on another of Stills own instruments, a prized, original 12-fret 000-45. The Signature instruments features include the use of rare select Adirondack spruce for the soundboard, the prewar bracing pattern and full 45 series level of appointments.
The 1/4” Adirondack spruce top braces are forward-shifted and carefully scalloped for optimal tone. Carved from genuine mahogany, the neck like-wise matches the original: 1-13/16” at the nut, modified V shape, square slotted headstock with the historic “C. F. Martin & Co.” pressure stamp on the back, elongated diamond volute and old style pointed heel. The 25.4” long scale provides power to complement the design's rich, balanced tone. Back and sides are crafted from select quality East Indian rosewood for rich and resonant bass response. Select abalone pearl is utilised throughout in the Style 45 body inlays: around the perimeter of the top, fingerboard extension, back, sides, end piece, neck joint and rosette. In each case, the inlay is accented with mitred black/white wood fibre lines. Vintage depth grained ivoroid binding protects the top, back and sides, and this same material also serves as the end piece and heel cap. A Golden Era Style 45 multicoloured mosaic backstrip bisects the back. On the neck, both the polished East Indian rosewood headplate and the black African ebony fingerboard are bound in grained ivoroid and inset with mitred black/white wood fibre inlays.The headplate showcases “C. F. Martin” in Golden Era Style 45 block letters of abalone pearl, and Waverly side mounted tuners with open gears, engraved mounting plates and ivoroid buttons. Style 45 abalone “snowflake” position marker inlays grace the fingerboard from the1st to the 15th frets, with Stephen Stills distinctive signature inlaid in mother of pearl between the 17th and 20th frets. In the tradition of the original 000-45, the Stephen StillsSignature Edition sports a black African ebony pyramid bridge.The non-compensated saddle, nut, bridge and end pins all are fashioned from fossilised ivory, with the latter two topped with black pearl dot inlays. Like the original, this guitar is not equipped with a pick-guard. Adding to its traditional appearance is the medium straw hue of vintage toner on the top and the rich brown of dark mahogany stain on the neck. Both the body and neck are flawlessly finished in polished gloss lacquer.
The guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Stephen Stills and Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV and numbered in sequence with the edition total. the guitar comes with a Geib style Vintage Series hardshell case.

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