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This 1930 Martin guitar just sold for $181,000

For the past 183 years, Pennsylvania's Martin Guitars has churned out a number of iconic instruments, but few as revered as the 1930 Martin 000-45 guitar.

Though only 21 examples were made, these pre-war designs rival modern renditions due to their tone, playability, and unique form. North Carolina–based Dream Guitars recently procured one of Martin's iconic guitars and offered it for sale.

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The 12-fret guitar is a true original, from its cast-iron key for the case to its belly bridge. After having been somehow safeguarded against the damaging effects of time, the 86-year-old Brazilian rosewood and mahogany instrument plays perfectly.

A dream find for collectors and musicians alike, Dream Guitars sold the historic design within days for $US135,000 (about $A181,600). (martinguitar.com, dreamguitars.com)

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