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Marler Guitar Number 86

Marler Guitar Number 86

$ 6,500.00

Marler Dreadnought Guitar (used, 2004)

This guitar was crafted by Michael Marler, a highly revered luthier, who passed away at a young age in 2005

  • Figured Mahogany back & sides: sometimes referred to as "Plum Pudding" Mahogany
  • Spruce top, looks to be Sitka Spruce
  • Mahogany neck, bound with ebony
  • Ebony headstock faceplate with Mother-of-Pearl builder logo
  • The headstock is bound with curly koa with multiple wood purflings - this is the type of Meticulous workmanship that Michael Marler was known for.
  • Gold Schaller tuning machines
  • Ebony fretboard with various pearl phases of the Moon serving as fret markers. These interesting inlays culminate with a Total Eclipse at the 12th fret.
  • Luminescent abalone & wooden rosette
  • Clear pickguard
  • Ebony bridge with ebony pins/pearl dots
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Active pickup
  • Strap pin in the heel
  • Stunning curly koa body bindings, end graft, heel cap and back center strip
  • Excellent overall condition with some minor impressions in the top - this guitar begs to be played. The sound is commanding, yet takes little to coax out sweet notes when playing gently.
  • SN: 86
  • Original HSC included

circa 1985 to 2005

“Start date: The beginning manufacture date is hard to pinpoint. Mike Marler made his first electric guitar out of a toilet seat as a joke around 1977.

Approximately 1985 he started to get serious about making acoustic guitars and started numbering some of his guitars. He began accumulating so many around his house he started giving them away to his friends as he did not feel they were worthy of sale to the public.At Ser. #25 (made in 1999 – which I own) he decided to go public. He started selling his work in 2000.
End Date: May 2005 upon Mike passing away.

All Marler guitars were made in Portales, NM where Mike lived his entire life. They were made at his home at first on his kitchen table and later in the shop that he built.

Most of his guitars were dated on an interior tag.
There really is no such thing as a used Marler. People just don’t sell them and if they did the price would be astronomical. The last one sold was a demo unit that was out on consignment when Mike passed away.

Ironically that went to a man in Australia that paid $4000.00 and flew here to get it. One owner that had multiple Marler’s traded another Marler owner.
Those are the only movements I know of."

courtesy of Mike Davidson per Jedistar.com

  • Condition: Used, Excellent
  • Frets to body: 14
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"
  • Saddle spacing: 2 1/8"
  • Pickup: yes, active under saddle