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Translation of 1981 Japanese catalog-
“Everything in the CE series is a guitar with the atmosphere of a vintage martin all over. Pre-War Martins, especially the D models, are difficult to obtain in our home country and only in America (if you can get it, it will be the price of $ 4000) Nonetheless, the popularity of Prewar Martins is increasing only. Deep taste of the guitar which passed through, weathered wonder is unique to vintage guitar. It is simple and elegant in looks, has sophisticated features such as square head and snowflakes inlay, etc. Also, the Cats Eyes Team was challenged to recreate this Old Martin replicas and they announced the CE series (boasting 3 performance, CE 250, CE 300 Shaded Top CE 200 - ST, CE 350 - ST, Solid top is CE 400 through CE 1000, Prewar - D28 replica model CE 800. CE 500 with Abalone inlaid to the Cat’s Eyes Regal CE 2000 in Brazilian Rosewood. And to the top, the original D45 pre-war CE 2500 fully loaded. Vintage Martin’s know the power it is a masterpiece that meets the demands of the acoustic guitarist who requires it.”

Completely handmade.
All Rosewood body with Ebony. Mother of pearl, flower pot headstock inlays. Snowflakes, diamonds, and cat’s eyes fretboard inlays. Vintage tuners. Neck diamond volute. Herringbone on the top and the back. The excellent used vintage condition. Low low action with
no damage. Typical small scratches here and there with a tiny bit of clouding on sides. A gorgeous piece of Rosewood on the back and super vintage aged solid top. Bone bridge pins and what looks to be a ivory nut. Frets are good. Truss rod good. Action is 2mm/6 and 1.5mm/1. Brand new Elixir HD light strings installed. Ask any questions- as-is sale on this vintage uses guitar with no returns.

This is a verified and approved Prewar Martin copy. The CF series is the modern 70’s Martins. The CE is the prewar copy. Martin was directly involved with Tokai as the only copies allowed in Japan.

A phenomenal and rare guitar with all the measurements of a Prewar Martin. I have sold and own a lot of high end mij
acoustics and this one is tops. Strike an open E chord....oh my goodness!

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Listed5 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.Learn more
  • CE-1000 Pre War Martin D 28 Herringbone Copy
  • Hand Rubbed Aged Natural Finish
  • 1981
Body Shape
  • Dreadnought

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