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Martin Ditson Style 333 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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On the drawing board but never produced, the Ditson Style 333 Dreadnought was originally intended as the most elaborate dreadnought guitar in the fir...Click To Read More About This Product
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Elaborate craftsmanship for the discerning guitar player is brought to life in a model first conceived more than 90 years ago.
On the drawing board but never produced, the Ditson Style 333 Dreadnought was originally intended as the most elaborate dreadnought guitar in the first series of unique instruments manufactured by Martin exclusively for the Chas. H. Ditson Store in New York. Under the direction of Ditson's musical instrument manager, Harry L. Hunt, the guitar was initially offered in three different sizes: the Ditson Standard, Concert, and largest model ” the Dreadnought. The Ditson 333 Dreadnought features a dark stained Adirondack spruce top, similar to the Style 44 guitars Martin was producing during the 1920s for Vahdah Olcott-Bickford. The multiple-bound body is similar to the Martin Style 3 ukulele, as is the bound genuine mahogany back and sides. The ornate shell inlay pattern on the ivoroid-bound ebony fingerboard is special to the Ditson 3-series models, as well as the dark stained mahogany neck embossed with the original Oliver Ditson stamp. The Brazilian rosewood headplate has Waverly Deluxe tuners with ivoroid buttons. The Ditson 333 guitar also features a multiple white/ivoroid/black pattern rosette and ivoroid bound soundhole, a striking contrast against the dark stained Adirondack spruce top. The original spec sheet Frank Henry Martin created for the Ditson 333 Dreadnought still resides in Martin's archives and was used for this guitar. Although Martin had produced a handful of Style 3 Ditson guitars in the two smaller Ditson sizes, no records show a 333 Dreadnought being shipped.
- Model: Ditson Dreadnought 333
- Label: ''Reissue'' Paper Label Signed By CFM IV
- Construction: Standard, Mahogany Blocks, Dovetail Neck Joint
- Body Size: D-12 Fret
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Top Braces: Adirondack, Scalloped 5/16'', Golden Era
- Pattern: D12 Fret #7B
- Bridge Plate: Maple
- Top Binding: 5/32'' Grained Ivoroid
- Top Inlay: .066'' B/W/B/W Boltaron (Black Faces Binding), .0325'' Black And White Boltaron (White Faces Spruce)
- Rosette: Single Ring, Ditson 333 Style
- Additional Rosette Inlay: .062'' Grained Ivoroid
- Back: Solid Genuine Mahogany
- Purfling: 1/32'' Brazilian Rosewood Strip
- Sides: Solid Genuine Mahogany
- Endpiece: Black Ebony
- Neck: Genuine Mahogany 12/4
- Neck Shape: Mod V
- Headstock: Slotted, Square Slots, 6 String Long Diamond, Square Taper
- Back/Head Stamp: Oliver Ditson Co. Boston, New York
- Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable 335mm
- Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
- Nut: Fossilized Ivory, Pre-Shaped
- On Angle/Flat: On Angle
- Headplate: Brazilian Rosewood
- Tuning Machines: Waverly Brass 3500 (W48) With Small Ivoroid Knobs
- Fingerboard: Black Ebony
- Radius: 16''
- Scale Length: 25.4''
- Width At Nut: 1-7/8''
- Width At 12th Fret: 2-5/16''
- Frets Clear: 12
- Total Frets: 19
- Fingerboard Bind: Grained Ivoroid, Mitered
- Pearl Inlay: Style 333, Select Abalone
- Side Dots: Tortoise, Brown
- Side Dot Position: One At 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, Single At 12th, One At 15th & 17th Frets
- Finish Body Package: Gloss
- Finish Top: Gloss
- Finish Neck Package: Gloss
- Bridge: Black Ebony
- Style: Pyramid, Drop-In Long Saddle
- String Spacing: 2-3/8''
- Saddle: 16'' Radius, Long Fossil Ivory
- Strings: MSP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze
- Bridge Pins: Bone With 3.0mm Tortoise Dots
- End Pin: Bone With 4.0mm Tortoise Dot
- Case: 540V Style