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Mario Martin CR Custom S, Black

Mario Martin CR Custom S, Black

Price: $2,950 ($3,324 list)

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deluxe hardshell case included

For this CR Custom, Mario used the same woods as a model '56, a lightweight alder body (unbelievable at just 7 lbs!!) and one piece maple neck. The neck carve needed to be very player friendly with a soft chunky V profile and, like the '56, a very satiny feeling with just a hint of nitro gloss. The tone is vintage Strat all the way. Just the right amount of squish and compression blended with a sweet resonant punch. Very Claptony. All the hardware is top notch and the fit and finish is right on. It's masterbuilt quality at half the price!

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CRAIG'S POV

One of my most long-standing nerdy guitar obsessions has been to give myself a guitar related challenge. I come up with a definitive guitar goal - a mission - and then set out and nail it. For example, when I was in my teens, I became obsessed with jazz great Pat Martino's playing. So I did everything I could to become his student. And I became his student. Later, when everyone told me it was impossible to get a new D'Aquisto guitar from the man himself, I figured out a way to make it happen. In the end, I wound up the owner of 3 glorious D'Aquistos.

When I get like this, I get a sort of tunnel vision aiming right at a guitar goal, and, via the road less taken thing, I just make it happen.

I know in my heart that most guitar fanatics understand this. To be honest, I'm sure that we all do it to some degree or another when we're searching for the guitar, amp, pedal - whatever is the aim of our chase - the thing that will bring us a big sigh and sense of joy when we end up holding what we chased.

I'm bringing this up because for some time I have been searching for a builder who can craft a Strat style guitar that combines two very important qualities. On the one hand it blows me away, and on the other hand is gently priced.

Using my treasured '56 Strat as my measure, I set out on my quest, trying guitar after guitar. In most cases I came up short.

On the recommendation of my pal and monster guitarist Matte Henderson, I reached out to Mario Martin. His mission (if he chose to accept it) was to build a Strat for CR Guitars, with my tweaks, that I could take on a gig and not have me wishing I had brought my '56.
 
To my great delight, Mario nailed it!

I asked Mario to use the same woods as my '56, a lightweight alder body (unbelievable at just 7 lbs!!) and one piece maple neck. I wanted the neck carve to be very player friendly with a soft chunky V profile and, like my '56, a very satiny feeling with just a hint of nitro gloss. I went with a relic finish because Mario really knows how to make it look righteous.

The Fralin Vintage Hot pickups are dead on, allowing the guitar's carefully selected woods to speak and tell their story. The tone is vintage Strat all the way. Just the right amount of squish and compression blended with a sweet resonant punch. Very Claptony.

All the hardware is top notch and the fit and finish is right on. It's masterbuilt quality at half the price.

So if you are looking for an S style guitar that won't break the bank, the result of my quest should be on your radar; Mario Martin's Custom Build for CR Guitars. A big thumbs up from me.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT MARIO GUITARS
Mario Guitars have been hailed for their superior playability, unmatched resonance and prolonged sustain. Many Mario guitars are the lightest guitars of their style; one of the major woods used is paulownia, which is known for being incredibly lightweight while also maintaining sustain. Mario's custom finishes and relic/aging work have been cited by many to be some of the best in the field. Mario is also proud of the fact that he also builds non-aged / factory-new guitars. Mario Guitars have been reviewed by Premier Guitar, Guitar Player, Guitar World, and have made appearances on stage with some of today's top musical acts. In 2011, country star Hunter Hayes started playing Mario Guitars almost exclusively; Hayes now owns four Mario Guitars, one of which he played in his musical appearance in the 2014 Grammy Awards. The Grammy nominated country duo Brothers Osborne have begun endorsing Mario Martin's talents, playing his T styles guitars with pride.

Serial number1118385
ModelS
Bodyone piece maple
Nut materialbone
Nut width1.65"
Fret size6105
Radius9.5"
Neck shapesoft chunky V (.91" - .98")
Top/side dotsblack
Tunersvintage staggered
Pickguard1 ply parchment
BridgeWilkinson
PickupsFralin Vintage Hot set
Finishnitrocellulose high relic
Body colorblack medium relic
Neck colorgloss vintage tint / med relic
Weight7 lbs
Casedeluxe hardshell
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