Home

 


Welcome to the Martin D-45 Master List of all original D-45 guitars.  The purpose of this website is to  document as much information as possible
about the original 91 D-45's.  We hope to list all serial numbers of these guitars, any information regarding the instruments and condition.  We will
only list current owners if permission is received from the owner.  Our main purpose is to widen the knowledge base and learn more about these rare and wonderful guitars.  We hope you enjoy this site and,if you can, help us fill in any missing details.  All information will be posted only with the providers consent and no names will be listed unless requested.   Guitars listed with a * are known to exist.

Thank you.

Robert Hamilton          shakerdesign@yahoo.com
Bruce Herrmann           oldmartin@redshift.com





1    # 53177       1933  *           Gene Autry               12 fret                 Slotted peghed, torch inlay       Autry National Center        


2.    #
  56394       1934 *  Jackie “Kid” Moore        D-45S   2 Fret   Solid peghead with C.F.Martin in peghead   Jackie “Kid” Moore      The MOMI collection

3. #63715       1936 *             D-45S     Special wide body (16 1/4")



4.  #64890       1936 *            D-45S     Special wide body (16 1/4")



5.  #65265       1937
                2 pick guards




6.  #67460       1937   *           D-45S   12 fret, solid peghead



7.  #70592       1938  *



8.  #70593       1938





9.  #70594       1938




10.  #71039     1938  *   Guitar was purchased from Red Smiley's widow in 1974.  First photo shown is one I took while considering
purchasing the guitar in 1974, poor photo.  Other photos are from Mr. Akihiko Jimbo who at last report owns the guitar.  It's on display

in his hotel.




11.  #71040     1938  *         Many cracks, oversprayed, once owned by D. Bromberg





12.  #71041      1938 *    snowflake fingerboard



13.  #71663     1938 *    Sunburst, extensively restored by Don Teeter, currently in the MOMI collection

14.     #71664         1938 



15.     #71665         1938        All original except frets and saddle, in OHSC.  Possibly the last snowflake D-45




16.     #72160          1939 *



17.     #72161          1939



18.     #72162          1939



19.     #72460          1939  *    D-45S    Special Neck



20.     #72740          1939       First guitar to be listed in foreman's notes as a "narrow neck" guitar, change from 1 3/4" at nut to 1 11/16"



21.  #72741             1939 *
Owned by Stephen Stills       “Mother Maybelle"



22.  #72742              1939



23.  #73126              1939



24.  #73127              1939  *



25.  #73128              1939  *
Ex-Johhny Smith  Re-finished top, Oversprayed back and sides
replaced bridgeplate     Some further comments on the guitar:
 "Still occasionally performing and teaching, Johnny Smith (b. 1922), was a much celebrated east coast jazz guitarist in the late 1940s and 1950s. Best known for his recording of "Moonlight in Vermont", he lead many recording sessions and was on staff at NBC. In 1958 Mr. Smith's wife died, leaving Johnny the sole caretaker for their 4 year old daughter. Johnny Smith decided to leave New York City at that time and bought a music store in Colorado Springs, CO to teach and give clinics as well as to provide a music hub for his community. In 1962 Smith shipped the 1939 D-45 to Berkeley's Jon Lundberg for a neck reset, new bridge plate, and a top refinish. It was there that the current owner first saw and played his future guitar. He's was knocked out by the responsiveness, tone, and volume. The D-45 went back to Johnny Smith's shop and it was sold to a man in Omaha, NE, Rod Ross. On a visit to an Omaha guitar repair shop in July of 1967, the current owner was trying out his 1957 D-28 with it's new G string tuner, when Rod Ross happened into the store. The two got to talking about their mutual love of Martin guitars, they ended up striking a deal, and the current owner has played and loved the guitar ever since. A six page account of their meeting will be included in the guitar case along with the receipt.
   "One of the first 25 of the original 91 Martin D-45s, this guitar was complete in August or September of 1939. The standard specifications include: Highest grade Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Highest grade European or Adirondack Spruce top (the debate about which species Martin used has raged for decades), Gold Grover tuners with a stamped cover to protect the open gear, Bound black headstock overlay with "C F Martin" inlay, 1 11/16" nut width, Bound ebony fingerboard with hexagonal abalone inlays, White binding and heelcap, Abalone trim on all body edges, around the end of the fingerboard, and inthe soundhole rosette, Ebony bridge with white pins and dark abalone inlay, Beautifully cut 45 outline pickguard in dark turtle-oid, and multicolored backstrip"
   "TOP: There are no cracks, even the usual pickguard crack, or major wear in the top. It's almost a mystery why the top was refinished in 1962. I can only assume that there was some finish disruption at the time of the neck reset. The bridge has been reglued, disrupting the finish around it's perimeter. An oversize Maple bridge plate was installed at the time of the neck reset. Some might want to pull out the exisitng bridge plate and replace it with a smaller one, but the guitar sounds great as it is.
   "BODY: Three back braces have been reglued. The back body binding had shrunk, with an inserted 1/16" patch of binding material inserted at the neck heel. Two small back cracks on the treble side near the tail have been reglued and cleated. I don't know if the endpin is original or a replacement."
   "NECK: There is no wear or damge to the neck. The first hexagon inlay in the fingerbaord has a small lighter repair abalone inserted piece. The third hexagon inlay was replaced and the original is in a small plastic box in the case pocket. The lower frets are pretty worn from play and a refret would help. My strongest suggestion would be to do a complete neck reset and refret."
   "Overall, the guitar is in quite good condition. All of the pearl is intact, has not shifted position, and fits well. The original Lifton case is very clean, showing only remnanats of steamer trunk labels on the top and back. The handle is a replacement. As one of the first 25 of the olriginal 91 D-45s, this guitar is in good shape and has a great musical response and tone. The connection to Johnny Smith and his music store is intersting. I used to call Johnny Smith at his store when he was one of my accounts at Saga Musical Instruments in 1986-88. At age 86, Mr. Smith has retired now and his number is unlisted. I would like very much to speak with him again and talk with him about this guitar."


26.  #73129               1939



27.  #73130               1939  *



28.  #73131               1939  *



29.  #74011               1939      D-45S



30.  #74161               1940  *



31.  #74162               1940



32.  #74163                1940



33.  #74164                1940  *



34.  #74165                 1940 *



35.  #74166                 1940



36.  #75100                 1940 *



37.  #75101                 1940 *
Refinished by Martin in 1989





38.  #75102            1940 *



39.  #75103            1940



40.  #75104            1940



41.  #75105            1940



42.  #75289            1940   D-45L



43.  #75593            1940



44 .  #75594           1940  *



45 .  #75595           1940  *



46 .  #75596           1940  *



47 .  #75597           1940



48 .  #75598           1940  *



49 .  #77060           1941



50 .  #77061           1941



51 .  #77062           1941



52 .  #77063           1941



53 .  #77064           1941     Guitar is featured in The History of the American Guitar by Tony Bacon UK edition



54 .  #77065           1941 *  Original finish, replaced gold kluson tuners, new repro bridge
some finish touch-up



55 .  #78629           1941 



56 .  #78630           1941 



57 .  #78631           1941  *  Christies Auction sale 10-10-08
replaced bridge, cleated inside top, added maple around bridgeplate, 1st postion
pearl inlay replaced



58 .  #78632           1941



59 .  #78633           1941 



60 .  #78634           1941 



61 .  #78879           1941 *   Refinished/cracks   has been on eBay more than once



62 .  #78880           1941 



63 .  #78881           1941



64 .  #78882           1941  *



65 .  #78883           1941 



66 .  #78883           1941



67 .  #79583           1941



68 .  #79584           1941 



69 .  #79585           1941  *



70 .  #79586           1941 



71 .  #79587           1941  *    This instrument was reported stolen by Mugwumps magazine in 1975



72 .  #79588           1941  *



73 .  #80740           1942



74 .  #80741           1942  *



75 .  #80742           1942



76 .  #80743           1942 *   Stephen Stills      “Darling” 



77 .  #80744           1942 *



78 .  #80745           1942 



79 .  #81242           1942 *   D-45S       "Austin"



80 .  #81578           1942  *                 Oversprayed, oversized bridge,  C.F.Martin Co.
Ex. Scott Coney    The Smiley Maxedon guitar, neck reset, refret, finish touch-up



81 .  #81579           1942  *



82 .  #81580           1942  *



83 .  #81581           1942



84 .  #81582           1942  



85 .  #81583           1942  *



86 .  #82567           1942



87 .  #82568           1942 *    Original finish, replaced tuners    eBay sale  7/11/08 to
United Guitar Sales


88 .  #82569           1942 *



89 .  #82570           1942 *



90 .  #82571           1942 *     Original,  J.L. Rea         R. Hamilton



91 .  #82572           1942 *     Featured in May 2000 article Robert Parks  in Acoustic
Guitar Magazine