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Gruhn Guitars Martin F-9 archtop

1942 Martin F-9

Martin's Holy Grail may be the prewar D-45, but in its time, the D-45 was less expensive and less rare than Martin's top-of-the-line archtop, the F-9. Martin made 72 F-9s compared to 91 D-45s.

The F-9 has a carved spruce top, like the classic archtops of Gibson and Epiphone, but the back and sides are the stuff of Martin's legendary flat tops -- Brazilian rosewood and 16 inches wide.

Some Martin archtops have been converted into excellent flat tops but you wouldn't want to do that to this one. It's the cleanest F-9 we've ever seen. With original hard case this guitar (inventory #AR3532) is priced at $20,000.

This instrument is SOLD

For further enjoyment...

Back view

Lower end of fingerboard

Close of inlay



Endpin area

Bass-side f-hole


Back of headstock

Close of rosewood side