Here to remind you why you fell in love with us in the first place, the new Authentics are constructed the old way – with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institute. Based on a 1931 D-28 in our museum, this guitar features Madagascar rosewood back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, and authentic 1931 D-28 appointments, right down to the neck barrel and heel.
Guitar Vintage Tone System
The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and craftswomen to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.
Further, Martin Guitar’s Research and Development (R&D) team rediscovered a process used by our craftsmen and craftswomen in the early 1900s to final dress the lacquer on our instruments by hand. The end result is a warm glow appearance that is as enticing to the eye as it is to the touch. The Vintage Gloss finish leaves the guitar with a satin appearance, far from the appearance of a satin spray.
Model:D-28 Authentic 1937
Construction:Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint – Hide Glue Construction
Body Size:D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
Rosette:Style 28 (Authentic 1937)
Top Bracing Pattern:Standard ”X” Scalloped (Authentic Style) – Circa 1937
Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16” with V.T.S.
Back Material:Solid Madagascar Rosewood
Back Purfling:Zig-Zag (Authentic)
Side Material:Solid Madagascar Rosewood
Top Inlay Style:Fine Herringbone
Back Inlay:Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material:Solid Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape:Authentic 1937 Barrel & Heel
Headstock:Slotted/Square Slots/1937 Diamond/1937 Taper
Headplate:Solid Madagascar Rosewood
Fingerboard Material:Solid Black Ebony
Number of Frets Clear:14
Number of Frets Total:20
Fingerboard Width at Nut:1-3/4”
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:2-1/4”
Fingerboard Position Inlays:Diamonds & Squares – Long Pattern
Finish Back & Sides:Vintage Gloss
Finish Top:Vintage Gloss
Finish Neck:Vintage Gloss
Bridge Material:Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style:1930s Style Belly w/ Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing:2-3/8”
Saddle:16″ Radius/Long Bone
Tuning Machines:Waverly Nickel 4063 w/Butterbean Knobs & Nickel Bushings
Recommended Strings:Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins:Ivory Colored Poly w/ Black Dots
Pickguard:Delmar Tortoise Color
Other Options:Available left-handed at no additional charge
Other Comments:All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.