“Sinker Mahogany” has its origins in the Central American country of Belize roughly 300 years ago when the British felled massive, 250 - 300 year old trees which were ideal for shipbuilding.
The enormous logs were floated downstream to be processed near the port where they would be exported.
Along the way, the oldest, most dense logs would settle on the bottom of the floating mass.
Some would become trapped by obstructions, while others would take on enough water to ultimately lose their buoyancy and sink to the bottom of the river.
In the intervening three centuries the rivers changed course, in some cases making these long-submerged logs accessible.
A cottage industry has sprung up in Belize in which these logs are re-harvested by locals. The work is laborious and dangerous but lucrative.
Re-harvested sinker logs command big prices from the luxury yacht and auto builders as well as furniture makers who covet its marvellous properties.
As a relatively small-volume buyer, Martin faces fierce competition for the sinker mahogany harvest.
But by having their specialists in-country to evaluate the harvest early on, Martin was able to secure this rarest of woods.
The huge-voiced Martin Custom Shop Westside Limited Edition Sinker Mahogany models are the result.
They thrive on being played hard and its attack is extremely responsive to your picking.
Each Westside Sinker Mahogany Limited Edition Custom Shop guitar has been personally signed by Chris Martin IV, CEO of Martin Guitars
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