Martin D-76e Guitar
The Most Rare of D-76 Bi-Centenial Limited Production
Second owner acquired from Martin Employee owner to add to collection
Number 4 of 98!!!
You are considering my personal D-76"e" from my large collection of Martin, Taylor and Gibson guitars.
In 1976 Martin commemorated the Bi-Centenial with the limited edition D-76. It shares some of the best features of the D-28, D-35 and D-45.
C.F. Martin III was running the company at the time and wanted to share his patriotic thanks with his employees. He ordered 98 guitars be built and given to his loyal staff! Thus creating the SUPER RARE "D-76e". Most of the 98 are Martin family heirlooms but I was able to acquire this one back in 1999. It is #4 of 98! It includes the unique interior sticker, signed by C.F. Martin III, designating it as a D-76e Martin Employee Guitar! All D-76 guitars were built with incredible care. So much so it remains the only Martin Guitar to ever come with A FULLY TRANSFERABLE, LIFETIME Warranty!
There is additional legend associated with "Employee Model"! The Martin employees knew they were building their own guitars. It has been reported as fine a craftsmen they are for customers, the building of guitars for themselves and closest friends/family took the art to a higher standard. It is reported they chose the finest wood stocks available then hand carved and fitted the bracing and purfing with the best glues in shop. Last necks and actions were set not for market but for players! In effect they built the best of the best! This is number 4 of those 98 labors of love!
This incredible example has been aged in temperature and humidity control for the 13 years I have owned it and the Martin employee owner before me was just as caring. The top has warmed to a classic Martin deep honey and the tone and action are simple awesome. Most of my guitars see little play and then are stored, strings loosened, until my next visit. I treated this guitar like a princess!!!
We are in a downsize mode so the collection is being sold. I sincerely hope this one finds a true lover of the Martin magic It is an amazing guitar to play and enjoy! But it will always be a unique tribute to C.F. Martin III and his love of his country and employees as well! An ultimate collector's Martin!
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