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Monday, February 26 2018
The Martin D-45 vs the Reimagined 2018 D-45

(L to R) older version D-45, 2018 D-45

Maury compares the older style Martin D-45 to the new Reimagined 2018 D-45.  Much of the D-45 remains unchanged, but there are some key differences.  

The older version features:

  • scalloped braces
  • 1 11/16” nut
  • enclosed tuning machines
  • clear gloss finish
  • bright white binding

The new REIMAGINED 2018 D-45 features:

  • forward-shifted scalloped braces 
  • 1 3/4” nut
  • open back tuning machines 
  • aged toner (vintage yellow tint)
  • antique white binding (slightly yellowed)

Which do you prefer & why?  Post your comments below.

Posted by: Maury- Maury's Music AT 03:44 pm   |  Permalink   |  3 Comments  |  Email
2018 for both fingerstyle and strumming. Way more clarity of the upper range!
Posted by Bill Joyner on 03/21/2018 - 12:48 PM
Everything is good except the aging toner. What happens when there is actual aging under the aging toner? I dunno. It's a real concern.
Posted by Daniel Hall on 03/27/2018 - 02:13 PM
I have not seen the re-imaged Martins, but looking at the pics of the two side by side, the re-imaged version is a bit too yellow for my taste. Having said that, I would still consider buying the re-imaged D45 if it was at a bargain price. I have a D41 Special and a J40 that sound really nice. I don't think I could hear thousands of dollars difference in those I have versus a D45.
Posted by Steven Ashmore on 05/13/2020 - 11:59 AM

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