For sale is a 2007 Martin Custom Shop D-42 Doobie 42 Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston Signature Model #23/35 with the original hardshell case. This is a beautiful and fine-sounding Limited Edition dreadnought that features the striking and tough to inlay “herringbone pearl” trim around the face, the soundhole and the bottom edge of the fretboard peninsula. The sides and back are fine East Indian rosewood and the face is specially chosen Engelmann spruce. This is a dovetail neck joint Martin, of course, with the huge, broad-based tone that a dovetail can produce. We are impressed by its mighty, yet mellow, tonally magnified response. The neck is low profile, the nut and saddle bone, the latter is radiused 16” for the statistically minded; bindings are grained ivoroid, end piece is inlaid with black-white Bolteron (that would be aesthetically attractive protective vinyl).
And then there is that beautiful head plate decoration –described as Solid East Indian Rosewood with the Doobie Brothers Logo – a mother of pearl ring w/ select abalone wings, pretty much exactly what we are issued in the afterlife, with a large “old style Martin logo but without the “Est. 1833.” We don’t know how many Martin script logos lack the “Est. 1833” statement. Fingerboard position markers are Style 45 snowflakes – made of select abalone with a quarter note inlay at the 12th fret. The pickguard is tortoise color, beveled and polished; it has the long scale neck, the 1 11/16th” nut width, the string spacing is 2 1/8” at the bridge. The interior label bears the individual number #23 of 35 and it was signed by Tom Johnston, founding member, and C F Martin IV. Always fascinated by the sound of this essential American group and appreciative of both the sound and the detail we recommend this guitar highly.
When it was available: The Martin List was $8499 and the Martin MAP was $6799.
This guitar is in excellent super clean condition with only some light scratches. Overall, I would rate the condition an easy 9.5 out of 10. Everything on the guitar is original. There are no cracks, repairs, or issues. The neck is straight with no issues. The original frets are in excellent condition with no wear. The original case works great with no issues.
Serial Number: 1215335 #23
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard "X" Scalloped, Forward Shifted
Back: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Side: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1.73"
1st Fret: 0.83"
9th Fret: 0.89"
Neck Type: Low Profile
Finger Board: Solid Black Ebony
Weight: 4lb 6oz
**All photographs shown are ACTUAL PHOTOS of the item listed and are taken at our shop.**