Martin Alternative XT Aluminum Top Grand Concert Acoustic Electric Bigsby Vibrato ONE-OF-A-KIND (Prototype/Extremly Rare)

$ 3499.00

Up for sale is this super rare Martin Alternative XT Aluminum Top Acoustic Electric with Bigsby Tailpiece Grand Concert ( Prototype/Limited Run ). This has been in my Father’s personal collection for almost 20 years. Please keep in mind this model alone is super rare, but this one is extremely rare because its an actual prototype guitar. To my knowledge Martin only released about 170 of these distressed aluminum guitars back in 2002-2003.

This ” ONE OF A KIND” Martin guitar has extra features on it that no other Martin Alternative XT has. This includes FISHMAN Tune-O-MATIC Powerbridge pickup with volume control (acoustic sound). DiMARZIO Fast Track 2 Pickup with Volume, Tone and ON/OFF Switch (instead of coil tap switch). Integrated cast sterling silver pick holder (spring loaded-can hold up to approximately 10 picks). These extra features were only ever put onto this Martin guitar Alternative XT Prototype, which is what makes this a “ONE OF A KIND” Find. This prototype was never put into production. It was then sold at a Martin guitar employee sale.

This baby has been kept in the safe storage for almost 20 years. It has no playing time. It is now time for us to let someone else enjoy this rarest Martin guitar! You will never see this unique guitar anywhere ever again…so don’t let this one get away! It’s probably 1 of 1 with this specific feature. Anyways this is truly an exceptional find as you will be the envy of all Martin guitar acoustic electric lovers out there!

NOTE: Explanation of Martin Guitar employee sales: Martin Guitar has employee sales every year and they still continue today. This sale is never opened to the public. Only Martin guitar employees are allowed at this sale. They sell old and unused equipment, luthier supplies/tools, wood etc, and they sell prototype guitars. Some prototypes have a serial number and some do not. At all depends upon what kind of work was done to that specific prototype. This guitar does not have a serial number. It does have it’s original Martin Guitar label inside. You can assured that this is an authentic Martin Guitar Prototype purchased directly from a Martin Guitar employee.

* Condition – Mint.. Was stored safely for almost 20 years. No playing time..Everything works perfectly Still the same condition as received. No cracks or dings, but does have some small blemishes that came from the factory. Keep in mind that it nearly impossible to produce metal products that doesn’t have any flaw in production. Please check the last 2 photos for the noticeable flaws.

Features and Specifications:

Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint

Body Size: 00-14 Fret Thinbody CUTAWAY

Top: .032 Graffiti pattern Aluminum

Rosette: None/Removable CFM Soundhole Grill

Top Bracing Pattern: Alternative Pattern

Top Braces: Style 1 A-Frame Brace; One Graphite Bowtie Plate

Back Material: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish

Neck Material: Black Stratabond

Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval

Nut Material: Black Corian

Headstock: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard taper

Headplate: Graffiti Pattern Aluminum/Black Foil Logo

Fingerboard Material: Black Micarta

Scale Length: 25.4″

# of Frets Clear: 14

# of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width at NUT: 1 11/16″

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8″

Bridge Style; Fishman Powerbridge Tune-o-Matic w/Bigsby Tremolo

Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/16″

Saddle: 12″ Radius

Tuning Machines: Steinburger Designed “Auto Trim” Black Anodized w/ C.F. Martin Logo

Recommended Strings: Darco D9100 (Light Jazz)

Case: Martins Hard Shell (Purchased Separately)

Interior Label: Foil Label-Black w/Silver Letters

Electronics: DiMarzio Fast Track2 Humbucker with on/off Switch, Fishman Powerbridge w/ Power Control (Acoustic sound) Integrated Cast Sterling Silver Pick Holder (Slightly pitted from casting process)

* Due to effect of the lighting and the computer monitor displays, it is likely that some colors may vary slightly from the actual products.
* Sold As Is
* Being the fact that it’s in USED condition. The item may have some signs of wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended.
* International buyer please contact us!