A two-piece back and sides of highly flamed Koa, Sitka Spruce back braces, a genuine Mahogany low-profile neck.
A solid diamond volute, square tapered headstock with an East Indian Rosewood head plate and a full gloss finish throughout.
Land clearing, poor cutting practices, and destruction by animals, insects, and fire have all taken a toll.
The volume of koa sawtimber totaled about 187 million board feet in 1970.
The new Style 45 Martin guitar is a Sitka Spruce top, rosewood body Martin guitar that has been the flagship of the Martin guitar line since the early-1900s.This famed Martin D-45 is made with beautiful flamed Hawaiian Koa wood.The ad read Martin remains "the gold standard for acoustic guitars" - to which I wholeheartedly agree. Though Koa is technically not endangered, good old trees are few and far between on the islands and prices for the best sets are sometimes on a par with Brazilian rosewood.Koa forests were more extensive in the past than they are today."Pre-Ban" West African Hard Ivory components were fitted by a Denver-area master luthier.
The West African Hard Ivory nut (us$45) and West African Hard Ivory saddle (us$43) were pretty reasonably priced while labor to cut and install them was about us$100 each The West African Hard Ivory bridge pins with abalone inlays cost about us$130 for the set of six. I believe that those instruments with holes cut into the wood will have reduced collectable value over time as the volume controls get noisy and the components age and fail. would you buy a 50-year-old acoustic guitar with tubes (valves) in it? The 9-volt battery mounts in a small case Velcroed inside the instrument.