Martin D-45E Retro - Natural

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Martin D-45E Retro

The flagship of the Retro Series, this is the most ornate instrument we offer in that series, featuring hand inlaid pearl and premium tonewoods.

The D-45E Retro is a flawless reissue of the most elegantly appointed dreadnought Martin offers. This guitar features a back and sides made of solid East Indian rosewood topped with premium solid Sitka spruce for the full sound you'd expect from a well-aged D-45. Ratcheting the bar even higher, the D-45E Retro features a lusciously playable modified low oval profile/Performing Artist taper neck topped with an ebony fingerboard with abalone and pearl snowflake inlays. And the onboard Fishman electronics offer the same tonal qualities when plugged in. Acoustic guitars don't get any better than the D-45E Retro.

The sound of the D-45E Retro is due in large part to the guitar's exquisite solid Sitka spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides. Yet the internal braces play a large part in the overall sound as well. To make sure these Retro series guitars sound just like their vintage brethren, Martin resorted to the same forward-shifted scalloped X-bracing used in their vintage counterparts. Rounding out the vintage vibe is the lack of a cutaway, despite these guitars all being equipped with Fishman pickup systems for awesome onstage sound.


Model: D-45E Retro

Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint

Body Size: D-14 Fret

Top Material: Sitka Spruce

Top Detail: N/A

Rosette: Abalone with Multi-Stripe

Bracing Pattern: Forward Shifted X Brace

Brace Shape: Scalloped

Brace Material: Sitka Spruce

Brace Size: 5/16"

Back Material: East Indian Rosewood

Back Detail: N/A

Back Purfling/Strip: Style 45

Side Material: East Indian Rosewood

Side Detail: N/A

Endpiece: None

Endpiece Inlay: None

Binding: 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: Modified Low Oval

Neck Taper: High Performance Taper

Plek: Yes

Nut Material: Bone

Headstock Shape: Solid with Square Taper and Diamond

Headplate Material: East Indian Rosewood

Headplate Detail: N/A

Headplate Logo Style: Block Inlay

Headplate Binding Material: Ivoroid with Multi-Stripe

Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Scale Length: 25.4"

Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret

Number of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 3/4''

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8''

Fingerboard Inlay Material: Abalone

Fingerboard Inlay Style: Style 45 Snowflake

Fingerboard Binding Material: Grained Ivoroid

Side Dots: Black

Back and Side Finish: Gloss

Back and Sides Color: N/A

Finish Top: Gloss

Top Color: Aging Toner

Finish Neck: Gloss

Neck Color: Dark Mahogany

Bridge Material: Ebony

Bridge Style: 1930 Style Belly - Drop in Saddle

Bridge String Spacing: 2 3/16''

Saddle: Compensated White Tusq

Saddle Radius: 16"

Tuning Machines: Gold Open Gear

Knob: Butterbean

Bridge Pin Material: White Plastic

Bridge Pin Dots: Abalone

Pickguard: Faux Tortoise

Pickguard Inlay: N/A

Case: Ply Hardshell

Tech Specs

  • String Type: Steel
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought 14-Fret
  • Body Style: No Cutaway
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Color: Natura
  • Finish: Polished Gloss (aging toner applied to top) Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
  • Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Body Bracing: X Scalloped, Forward Shifted
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid (body, fingerboard)
  • Neck Wood: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Style 45 Snowflakes - Select Abalone Pearl
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 4''
  • Tuning Machines: Gold Open-Geared w/ Butterbean knobs
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Nut/Saddle Material: Bone/White Tusq
  • Nut Width: 75"
  • Electronics: Fishman Aura VT Enhance
  • Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge
  • Case Included: Hardshell Case
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 62"
  • Body Depth: 87"
  • Overall Length: 5"