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Announcing: Auction - Custom made Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar, created in honour of Led Zeppelin's 40th Anniversary.


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Giving Lots to auction Custom made Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar, created in honour of Led Zeppelin's 40th Anniversary.

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The ABC Trust is proud to present this exceptional, limited edition Martin D-28 Marquis guitar to the public. As one of only 3 in the world, it is almost unique and must be an important addition to any rock fan's collection.

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The guitar is custom made by the C. F. Martin Guitar Company Custom Shop - it has been inlayed with Led Zeppelin symbols by Tracey Cox, one of Martin's most talented artists, and overseen by Dick Boak, Paul Hammond and Christopher Thomas, ensuring that the finest aspects of the Martin tradition have been honoured and protected.

The guitar will be addressed to and signed for the winning bidder by Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page.

To bid click here

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The Guitar:

This unique guitar was created by the Martin Guitar Company (Custom Shop) and by one of Martin's most talented inlay artists, Tracy Cox, who has inlayed it with Led Zeppelin symbols, working in concert with JR Warner, Paul Hammond, Dick Boak and Christopher Thomas.

The Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar is a lovingly crafted Indian rosewood version of the discontinued D-28GE. Crafted to evoke the same powerful tone and sonorous projection as a pre-WWII D-28, the guitar differs only by using Indian, instead of Brazilian, rosewood, as the latter is both very scarce and considered endangered.

Only premium-grade, solid Indian rosewood has been used for the back and sides, with a solid Adirondack spruce top, scalloped Adirondack spruce braces and forward-shifted X-bracing. A special aging toner gives the wood a vintage countenance. The result: rich, powerful sounds from a remarkable and beautiful instrument.

The list of historically accurate details, nearly overwhelming and totally exhaustive, captures the authentic spirit of the Martin D-28. These include:

  • - mahogany blocks/dovetail neck joint construction;
  • - slot-through saddle;
  • - herringbone binding;
  • - neck dart;
  • - zipper back marquetry;
  • - ivoroid binding;
  • - herringbone top trim;
  • - Waverly butterbean tuners;
  • - old-style wood fiber rosette;
  • - beveled and polished tortoise pickguard;
  • - ebony bridge with long saddle;
  • - modified V-shaped neck;
  • - ebony fretboard (1-3/4" nut, 25-2/5" scale) with diamond and square inlays and
  • - fossil ivory nut, saddle, and bridgepins (with black dots.

A limited edition run of only 3 pieces makes this a wonderfully unique, highly coveted and rare item for the distinguished enthusiast or collector.

To place a bid for the guitar, please click here.

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All money raised from this auction will go to the Action for Brazil's Children's Trust, a charity dedicated to helping the street children and most vulnerable young people of Brazil. By raising awareness and funding, ABC supports the work of local, community-led organisations who give children the education, support and inspiration they need to transform their lives.

For more information about the Trust, please see here: www.abctrust.org.uk

Patrons of The Action for Brazil's Children Trust:

We are fortunate to be able to include Jimmy Page, Brian May, Juliette Lewis, Jeremy Irons, Pele, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Carlos Miele, Romero Britto, Fernando Meirelles and Bebel Gilberto amongst our patrons.

Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar Features:

  • - Solid Adirondack spruce top
  • - Scalloped 5/16'' Golden Era solid Adirondack spruce braces
  • - Forward-shifted X-bracing
  • - Solid East Indian rosewood back
  • - Sitka Golden Era back braces
  • - HD Zig Zag back purfling
  • - Solid East Indian rosewood sides
  • - Old-style wood fiber inlay rosette; Style 28
  • - Grained ivoroid endpiece
  • - Black/white wood fiber endpiece inlay
  • - Grained ivoroid binding
  • - Fine herringbone top inlay
  • - Black/white fiber back inlay
  • - Genuine mahogany neck
  • - Mahogany blocks/dovetail neck joint construction
  • - Modified V neck shape
  • - Fossilized ivory nut
  • - Solid/long diamond/tapered headstock shape
  • - Solid Indian rosewood headplate
  • - Grained ivoroid heelcap
  • - Solid black ebony fingerboard
  • - 20 frets
  • - 25-2/5" scale
  • - Neck/body joint at 14th fret
  • - 1-3/4'' nut width
  • - Diamonds and squares long pattern fretboard inlays
  • - Solid black ebony bridge
  • - 1930s style belly - long saddle bridge
  • - 2-5/16'' string spacing at bridge
  • - 16'' radius/fossil ivory bridge saddle
  • - Nickel open gear tuners w/butterbean knobs
  • - Fossil ivory w/black dots bridge and end pins
  • - Martin SP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze strings (recommended)
  • - Tortoise color/beveled and polished pickguard
  • - Polished gloss/dark filler body finish
  • - Polished gloss/aging toner top finish
  • - Semi-gloss/dark mahogany stain/dark filler neck finish
  • - 545 Geib-style hardshell case

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I want, I want!! I am very pleased that the money raised is going to great charity. A friend of mine has a Martin and it is such a fantastic guitar to play. It has such a great feel.

I wonder what child of mine I could sell for the most money to win this auction? :P

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