1993 Martin M 38 Sitka Spruce and East Indian Rosewood ID-6702
1993 Martin M 38 Sitka Spruce and East Indian Rosewood
The Martin M-38 debuted in 1977 during the time when a labor strike at the Martin factory forced supervisors to build the guitars. In that first year only 276 M-38's were made, and they comprised the first newly designed model that Martin had come out with since the D-41 was introduced in 1969. The M-38 might actually be the first new design since the Ditson slope shoulder dreadnoughts of 1931.
The Martin M-38 sits at the top of Martin's Standard range of Grand Auditorium or 0000 guitars. The 0000 designation comes from the fact that the width of its lower bout is 16 inches, as opposed to the 000's 15 inches. Unlike the J models that combine the M series outline with the body depth of a D series dreadnought, the M-38's body has the shallower depth of a 000. The M-38 acoustic guitar was long prized in performing and recording circles because it yields notes that resound and decay quickly with a tonal balance and power that is less prone to stage feedback when miked. However it is no longer offered in Martin's regular line.
This 1993 M-38 features a Sitka spruce body and solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, scalloped braces, white binding, abalone rosette, bound ebony fretboard with dot inlays, ebony bridge, bound peghead with decal, chrome gears, and a gloss finish with aging toner on the top.
This Martin M-38 is an extremely easy guitar to play, whether with fingers, flatpick or a combination of the two. With the Martin standard nut width of 1-11/16 inches and the normal Martin scale length of 25.4 inches, the M-38 feels instantly familiar under your fingers, and the fast, satin-finished, low-profile neck just adds even more to the comfort factor. This playing comfort is further enhanced by the shallow body depth that effectively disguises the 16-inch width of the lower bout, which makes you think that you're holding a much smaller guitar. The Sound is rich, full and complex, but at the same time it's clear and true.
While many may be able to claim their instruments were owned by someone famous, this instrument actually has some lineage! Check out the detailed photos below to see this guitar being played by John Pennell along with Allison Krauss as featured in a People Magazine article. John actually taught Allison Krauss bluegrass, wrote numerous Union Station songs, and this is the actual guitar featured in the article! Notice the autographs on the adjoining image of the two of them jamming in the kitchen. A true piece of Bluegrass history, who knows what songs have been written on this guitar, what stories it has heard?
This guitar is in ok condition with numerous scratches, dents, finish dings throughout, as well as some of the original vintage toner has begun to flake off on the binding in certain areas. The Nut was replaced by Richard Starkey here in Nashville, and the saddle was replaced by another authorized repair center - both in bone. At the time of the nut replacement, a small portion of the binding near the nut was replaced, unfortunately, that small portion has come loose and is no longer included. It has moderate fretwear on all strings on the 1st - 3rd frets, on the b and e strings on the 4th and 5th frets and on the b string on frets 6 and 7. We have done our best to capture all the wear and damage in the detailed photos below however there are some minor damages not shown. It has a new bone nut and saddle. There is an extra output jack in the heel that is no longer functional as the wires have been clipped inside the body. It includes the original hardshell case.
- Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
- Serial: 527499
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: East Indian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25.4"
- Year: 1993
- Bracing: Scalloped
- Inlays: Dot fingerboard inlays
- Rosette: Abalone Rosette
- Neck Wood: Select Hardwood
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Saddle Spacing: 2-1/8''
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Bridge Pins: Ivoroid w/ Black Dots
- Tuners: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
- Purfling: B/W/B/W/B
- Body Binding: White Boltaron
- Fretboard Binding: White Boltaron
- Headstock Binding: White Boltaron
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Backstrip: Style 45
- Headstock Shape: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
- Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Martin Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Low Profile
- Pickup(s): K and K Pure Mini
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included