Martin Ters No 3 Classical Lattice (Cedar/BrazilianRW) (2006)

  • Very Good + Condition
  • Year: 2006
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case


Very impressive.
Here we have a wonderfully built guitar by luthier Martin Ters of Louisville, Colorado - constructed in 2006. It is built with a very nice Brazilian Rosewood back & sides and a densely grained Cedar top. It has a standard 650mm scale and features nice lattice bracing. Uniquely its lower bout only measures in at 14" across (the upper bout measuring in at 10 5/8").
Sonically, this is a brilliant guitar. It's unique body and construction has a loud, complex tone with fantastic balance between the basses and trebles. It's a really "sweet" sounding instrument that boasts a smoother midrange than most others like it. It has really nice expressive nature to the treble strings with its extra sustain and character.
The body has fairly straight grained sides, with a nicely book matched back. Theres fine attention to detail throughout, with multi-ply rosewood binding, as well as a built in rosewood armrest. Internally the braces are made of a darker wood, which appears to be Spanish Cedar (that looks mighty close to mahogany) also used for the kerfing. The kerfing is half slit, with a solid based bottom. A smaller heel, it is constructed in a Spanish style. The bridge features a two hole per string setup, allowing the string to apply more even down pressure on the saddle - a nice touch. The bridge appears to have been reglued, and possibly shaved down at some point, indicated by wear in the finish. It appears to be finished in a nice medium gloss that is likely nitro.
A mahogany neck, with an ebony fingerboard - this guitar has a hair more shoulder to its neck profile than most. It is very comfortable to play. The saddle appears to have been taken down slightly, but still stands tall and requires no further adjustment in its current state. The peg head has a burled maple veneer which has elegant birdseye. The neck is straight and yields a nice medium low action.
Cosmetically this guitar is in good condition overall, but does have some superficial wear present. Obvious nicks behind the bridge and the previous mention to when the bridge had likely been shaved are notable but not troubling. There are surface level cracks in the back near the heel that do not travel through completely.
One of the finer builds we have seen come through our doors! Comes with a hardshell case.


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