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Martin 000-40S Mark Knopfler "Ragpicker's Dream" Signature Acoustic Guitar

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For the new 000-40S Signature Edition bearing his name, Mark selected Martin's traditional 000 12-fret body style with the long 25.4" scale, consider...Click To Read More About This Product

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The 000-40S Mark Knopfler "Ragpicker's Dream" is a fingerstyle dream that even strummers will love.

For the new 000-40S Signature Edition bearing his name, Mark selected Martin's traditional 000 12-fret body style with the long 25.4" scale, considered by many to be among the most beautiful and best sounding designs Martin ever made. Many of the elements that make the Martin 000 12-fret guitars from the late 1920s so prized are here: the 1-13/16" wide (at the nut) modified V-shape neck, the slotted tapered headstock with squared slots and diamond volute, the Old Style pointed heel, the forwardshifted 1/4" scalloped top bracing, the pyramid bridge with 2-5/16" string spacing and the absence of a pickguard. The nut, saddle, bridge pins and endpin, the latter two topped with black dots, are all crafted from fossilized ivory. Aging toner on the top is reminiscent of vintage patina, and handsome Waverly/Sloane side-mounted tuners with engraved plates and ivoroid buttons show similar vintage style.

In tonewoods and ornamentation, the new Mark Knopfler Signature Edition 000 bears a striking resemblance to his Signature Edition Dreadnought. Premium solid tonewoods are featured throughout. The body combines a top of rare Italian alpine spruce (the same wood used by Antonio Stradivari) with back and sides of beautiful East Indian rosewood. The neck is carved from genuine mahogany, while the fingerboard and bridge are crafted from African black ebony. Both body and neck are protected by Martin's beautiful polished gloss lacquer finish.

Like the HD-40MK, the eye-catching rosette on the 000 showcases a center ring of "pearl diamond" inlays, a feature inspired by a unique rosette seen on some Martins from the 1840s. Bold herringbone inlay encircles the top, and herringbone inlay bisects the back, which is bound with fine black/white inlay. Top, sides and back are bound in grained ivoroid; matching grained ivoroid also highlights the endpiece and heelcap.

On the neck, both the headstock and fingerboard feature grained ivoroid binding against mitered black/white fine line inlays. The polished East Indian headplate showcases the familiar "C. F. Martin" logo inlaid in brilliant mother of pearl. Fretted with jumbo frets, the fingerboard is inlaid with original Style 42 position markers in abalone pearl. Mark Knopfler's unique signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 18th and 20th frets.

The 000-40S Mark Knopfler "Ragpicker's Dream" Signature Edition is delivered in a Geib style Vintage Series hardshell case with plush Cabernet (dark red, for those who don't know wine) interior. Each 000-40S Mark Knopfler "Ragpicker's Dream" Signature Edition bears an interior label personally signed by Mark Knopfler and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV and is numbered in sequence with the edition total, as well as a special "Ragpicker's Dream" designation laser etched on the neck block.

  • CONSTRUCTION: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • BODY SIZE: 000-12 Fret
  • TOP: Solid Italian Alpine Spruce
  • ROSETTE: Special Historical Rosette
  • TOP BRACING PATTERN: 000-12 Fret
  • TOP BRACES: Sitka/Scalloped/000-12 Fret
  • BACK MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • BACK PURFLING: Fine Pattern Herringbone
  • SIDE MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • ENDPIECE: Grained Ivoroid
  • ENDPIECE INLAY: Black/White Boltaron
  • BINDING: Grained Ivoroid
  • TOP INLAY STYLE: Bold Herringbone
  • SIDE INLAY: none
  • BACK INLAY: Black/White Boltaron
  • NECK MATERIAL: Select Hardwood
  • NECK SHAPE: Modified V
  • NUT MATERIAL: Fossilized Ivory
  • HEADSTOCK: Slotted/Square Slots/6 String Diamond/Square Taper
  • HEADPLATE: East Indian Rosewood /CFM Script Logo (Less Est. 1833)- M.O.P.
  • HEELCAP: Grained Ivoroid
  • SCALE LENGTH: 25.4
  • # OF FRETS CLEAR: 12
  • # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
  • FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Style 42 Snowflake In Select Abalone
  • FINGERBOARD BINDING: Grained Ivoroid
  • FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss
  • FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
  • FINISH NECK: Polished Gloss
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
  • BRIDGE STYLE: Pyramid w/ Drop-in Saddle
  • SADDLE: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Fossil Ivory
  • TUNING MACHINES: Waverly/Sloane w/ Small Ivoroid Knobs
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
  • BRIDGE & END PINS: Fossil Ivory w/ Black Dots
  • PICKGUARD: none
  • CASE: 535 Geib style
  • INTERIOR LABEL: Signed by CFM IV & Mark Knopfler

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By Elmquist

from Pennsylvania

I like my Martin 000-40s better than my Clapton Martin acoustic. Both are superb guitars but the MK Martin acoustic is way more versatile and better sounding, hands down, bar none.

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