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Martin Carpathian Cannon Mahogany Acoustic Guitar Prototype

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Cannon-like power and projection.

We've joined forces with Martin to create the "Carpathian Cannon" Custom D. They're in stock and they're knocking down walls!

The mahogany Martin Carpathian Cannon Acoustic Guitar is a dreadnought that's perfect for any musical arrangement. Whether playing by yourself, with buddies, or with random festival-goers in the parking lot, Martin's Carpathian Cannon guitar has got you covered.

Built on the Dreadnought platform, the Carpathian Cannon features amazingly balanced sound with a full, robust midrange. The mahogany body imports deep, full bass presence.

The new "Kinetic Synergy" top and bracing are inspired by early 1940's Martin Dreadnaughts, long famous for their great balance, reactive response, and power. This Custom run of guitars is limited to 25 Mahogany pieces and will not be repeated.

The Carpathian Spruce soundboard is milled to prewar dimensions, which sets it apart from its current counterparts. Relatively new to guitar makers, Carpathian Spruce is quickly proving itself as a premier tone wood with just the right stiffness and density for maximum responsiveness. Combined with the special "early '40s position" bracing pattern, but with Ï" bracing & tone bars, the "synergy" created allows more top vibration while remaining very balanced and not overly "boomy".

The thin, stiff, lightly braced top creates a magic tone that prompted the name "Cannon."
Featuring a select hardwood for the neck and fastened with a traditional dovetail neck joint, this Martin guitar is set to grow as you do, and stand the test of time, with a tone that will keep getting better and better.

Featuring a select hardwood for the neck and fastened with a traditional dovetail neck joint, this Martin acoustic guitar is set to grow as you do, and stand the test of time, with a tone that will keep getting better and better.

The Martin Carpathian Cannon Guitar's rosewood fingerboard and bridge produce clear, defined sustain, while the low-profile neck shape offers comfort and dexterity, allowing you to dance across the 20 frets. Gotoh nickel butterbean tuners continue the instrument's neo-classic look, while offering precision tuning. Featuring nickel hardware, trimmed with beautiful lined binding around the top, and dressed in a Nitro finish, this Martin acoustic guitar sounds as good as it feels, and will pique the interest of anyone in earshot of its beautiful projection. Includes case.

Mahogany body
Carpathian Spruce top
25.4" scale
Dovetail neck joint
Select hardwood neck
Rosewood fingerboard
Low profile neck shape
20 frets
1-11/16" nut width
16" fretboard
Rosewood bridge
Gotoh nickel butterbean tuners
Nickel hardware
Nitro finish
Includes case

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Very Rare Find

By Stonewall Jackson

from Sumter, SC

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In my 18 years of playing, this is truely the finest guitar I have ever played personally. I've only seen 2 left...period! Once they're gone, they are gone for good! I was on the fence about this guitar for over a make a long story short, it was a lot of wasted time on my part. Impeccable craftsmanship. It's dang near impossible to describe the loud, bell-like sound of this guitar. What have you got to lose?If you don't like it, there's a return policy or you can make some money by selling it online. I can honestly say it's one that will never be thinned from my collection. If you're on the fence about it, DO IT!
Features are relatively simple but elegant. The features it has are excellent, rare, and as close as you can get to perfection. Carpathian Spruce top is amazing. Butterbean Gotohs work great.
"Finest dreadnaught I've ever played," comment from a collector friend of mine who has been playing for 45 years. I mean, it came from Martin's Custom shop shop. If you want to know all of the specs, call Martin Customer service and they'll send you a detailed 3 page spec sheet from the Custom Shop. The nitro finish is expertly done. The fit and finish were masterfully executed. One high dollar collector told me it was worth twice what I paid for it easy. I can't say enough good things about the quality of this instrument. I always expect the best from Martin, but this one raises the bar!
I got it on clearance, so the value was exceptional. It's a deal. I was looking to get a regular D-18, and this is basically the mother of all custom D-18's! Besides, a regular D-18 is 2 grand anyway. I typed in the specs for the this guitar, as close as I could get anyway, into Martin's Custom Shop, and the price came out to be over twice what I paid! (Their custom shop doesn't even offer the Carpathian top, bracing, and gotoh tuners.) There's only 25 of these on earth, so it's obviously going to hold its value.

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This Cannon HasBlown Me Out of the Water

By Stonewall Jackson

from Sumter, SC

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No complaints about sound, fit or finish. Martin has made a rare jewel here that stands out even among even their vast accomplishments. I would sell my hair to a wig maker before I sold this guitar! Even the case is excellent. I will say, however, don't expect to fit much beyond the guitar, a rag, a small tuner, and a few picks in it. After only several months, I can already tell the sound seems a bit louder. I've always used light gauge strings, but this came set up with med. Elixers. I stuck a new set on a few weeks ago and it has only increased the amazing sound. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! I'm know a med. gauge user. I plan to keep collecting guitars, but I imagine this will be the crown jewel o my collction for many years to come.
This is an updated rating of the Carpathian Cannon Mahogany now that I've had it a few months. All I can say is, "wow!" It's simply a guitar I'll never part with. End of story. The only feature I'd change on this instrument would be to have a tortoise pickguard come on it. That, and I had to have a neck peg installed after market. Wish Martin would have done that one in house.
I can't say enough good things about this instrument. I honestly can't believe these didn't sell like hotcakes. Sometimes I put it on the stand just to admire it. If I knew the indivduals who worked on this particular nodel, I'd send them all Christmas cards this year! That good. I was doing some hard strumming this morning and I swear it's got this concert piano/guitar sound to it. It's hard to explain unless you play it. The sustain rings forever. Still can't find any workmanship flaws, and I've been looking.
If you want a stellar collector's Martin in a D-18 style, the price is worth it. I love the D-18, but this is definitely worth the extra money over a regular D-18. There are only 25 in existence. I have a feeling we'll see a reissue of this one day when people get better aquainted with Carpathian Spruce. I'm a huge Sitka fan myself, but this is just so unigue and fantastic that it has one its place as my new favorite tonewood.

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Carpathian Cannon Mahogany Acoustic Guitar Prototype

By James Caleca

from Northeast USA

Overall, if you like the Martin tone, especially a loud, open and balanced Mahogany Dreadnaught this is certainly the guitar for you.
The Carpathian cannon is what the title states. A Cannon! The bracing and thinner milled top has a lot to do with it. The carpathian spruce top is an awesome tone wood.
It's a Martin, the quality is excellent..
This is simply a great value. Use the Musicians Friend discounts and this thing is a bargain.

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