Sturgill Simpson's new Martin

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  1. EricPeterson

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    I am not sure. Martin's 12-fret dreadnoughts have the suffix "S." so it could be some kind of D-18S if it has mahogany B&S mahogany.or a D-28S if it's a rosewoodr. I guess it is a custom build because the rosette doesn't look like either the 18- or 28-series.
     
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    Looks to be a variation on one of the very early Martins. The hyperlink references a type 1, so it could be a 1-17 or a 1-18.

    Here's a 1-18
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  4. Drewski

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    I believe thats a Ditson 111 without the ugly pickguard. Really cool guitars based around the first ever dreadnoughts, that Martin built for the Ditson Co. If they didnt have 1-7/8" nuts Id own one.
     
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    Interesting, good call, looks similar. Sturgill's has a shorter saddle.

    http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/DITSON111.htm
     
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    Merle influence.

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    Looks like a d-28s
     
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    Who calls their kid 'Sturgill'?:facepalm
     
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    D-28s tend to have white binding or herringbone, this looks like 18, or maybe 21 appointments to me.

    Looks like he played it a the recent Austin City Limits performance:

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    It looks like one of the new torrefied models.
     
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    It is a variation of a D-18s, same trim level, same body shape but w/ a vintage (not a belly bridge) bridge, doesn't look like a pyramid style tho.

    I would expect a torrefied top to be more amber so I'd guess it's not. Looks more like a red spruce top.

    No fingerboard position markers and no pickguard, very cool.
     
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    I'd say some sort of cousin to a D18S. I've played a few of those S dreads, and frankly they're way too big for me, but a good one can have a really big sound, kind of piano-like. I'm not sure but I think at least some of them have 1 7/8" neck width. Big-ass guitars.
     
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    http://www.12fret.com/2013/11/14/2011-martin-custom-shop-d18-12-ditson/

    This looks like the same guitar:

    This 2011 Martin Custom Shop D18-12 Ditson is in perfect, brand new condition with full warranty – the legendary Martin ‘lifetime’ warranty is available to the original purchaser only. Martin’s Custom Shop built a total of 75 of these instruments, and based them on a 1929 Ditson model 111 that resides in the Martin Museum.
    The Ditson models were the first dreadnought sized guitars. They were made by Martin for Ditson starting in 1916 until Ditson folded in the late 1920′s, and were characterized by austerely simple decoration and very lightweight construction, leading to a very lively, responsive tone.
    As with this reproduction, the Ditson guitars used spruce for the top, mahogany for the back and sides, no pickguard, and had a 12-fret neck and a slotted peghead.
    This is a very good sounding instrument. Its light construction makes it a bit more responsive, and the 12-fret neck moves the bridge closer to the center of the top and this produces a fuller tone.
     
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    Similar, but not the same, different saddle and rosette as discussed above.
     

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