Melody Music Shop

Martin D-45S Authentic 1936 VTS w/ Hard Case

  • Brand: Martin More Martin
  • The new Authentics are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institution.
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Here to remind you why you fell in love with us in the first place, the new Authentics are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institution. The D-45S Authentic 1936 is based on a large body D-45 located in our museum, and features Brazilian rosewood back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, period-correct "45" Authentic style appointments, and includes gold tuners with hand-engraved butterbean knobs. Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS) is employed for the top and braces.

The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.



D-45S Authentic 1936



Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction


Body Size:

D-14 Fret Large Body


Top Material:

Adirondack Spruce with VTS


Top Detail:




Abalone with Multi-Stripe


Bracing Pattern:

Authentic 1936 Forward Shifted X Brace


Brace Shape:



Brace Material:

Adirondack Spruce with VTS


Brace Size:



Back Material:

Brazilian Rosewood


Back Detail:



Back Purfling/Strip:

Style 45 Golden Era


Side Material:

Brazilian Rosewood


Side Detail:




Grained Ivoroid


Endpiece Inlay:

Abalone with Multi-Stripe



Grained Ivoroid


Top Inlay Material:

Abalone with Multi-Stripe


Side Inlay Material:

Abalone with Multi-Stripe


Back Inlay Material:

Abalone with Multi-Stripe


Neck Material:

Genuine Mahogany


Neck Shape:

Authentic 1936


Neck Taper:

Standard Taper





Nut Material:



Headstock Shape:

Solid with 1936 Taper and Diamond


Headplate Material:

Brazilian Rosewood


Headplate Detail:



Headplate Logo Style:

Block Inlay


Headplate Binding Material:

Ivoroid with Multi-Stripe



Grained Ivoroid


Fingerboard Material:



Scale Length:



Neck Joins Body At:

14th Fret


Number of Frets Total:



Fingerboard Width at Nut:

1 3/4''


Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:

2 1/4''


Fingerboard Inlay Material:



Fingerboard Inlay Style:

1936 Authentic Syle Snowflakes


Fingerboard Binding Material:

Grained Ivoroid


Side Dots:

Faux Tortoise


Back and Side Finish:



Back and Sides Color:



Finish Top:



Top Color:



Finish Neck:



Neck Color:

Dark Mahogany


Bridge Material:



Bridge Style:

Authentic Belly - Glue in Long Saddle


Bridge String Spacing:

2 5/16''





Saddle Radius:



Tuning Machines:

Gold Open Gear


Recommended Strings:

SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Medium (MSP7200)



Engraved Butterbean


Bridge Pin Material:

Faux Ivory


Bridge Pin Dots:




Faux Tortoise


Pickguard Inlay:




Ply Hardshell






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