The Basics

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. Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS) is employed for the top and braces.

The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The 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 women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.


Model:D-28 Authentic 1931

Construction:Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint – Hide Glue Construction

Body Size:D-12 Fret

Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce

Rosette:Style 28 (Authentic 1931)

Top Bracing Pattern:Standard ”X” Scalloped (Authentic Style) – Circa 1931

Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16”

Back Material:Solid Madagascar Rosewood

Back Purfling:Zig-Zag (Authentic)

Side Material:Solid Madagascar Rosewood

Endpiece:Grained Ivoroid (Narrow 1931 Shape)

Endpiece Inlay:Black/White Boltaron

Binding:Grained Ivoroid

Top Inlay Style:Fine Herringbone

Side Inlay:none

Back Inlay:Black/White Boltaron

Neck Material:Solid Genuine Mahogany

Neck Shape:Authentic 1931 Barrel & Heel

Nut Material:Bone

Headstock:Slotted/Square Slots/1931 Diamond/1931 Taper

Headplate:Solid Madagascar Rosewood

Heelcap:Grained Ivoroid

Fingerboard Material:Solid Black Ebony

Scale Length:25.4”

Number of Frets Clear:12

Number of Frets Total:19

Fingerboard Width at Nut:1-7/8”

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:2-1/4”

Fingerboard Position Inlays:Diamonds & Squares – Short Pattern Golden Era

Fingerboard Binding:none

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

Case:540V Harptone

Interior Label:none


Other Options:Available left-handed at no additional charge

Other Comments:All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.