Perhaps the most revered vintage D-28s are the ones created in 1937 with forward shifted hand-scalloped X-bracing, Adirondack red spruce soundboard and a 1 3/4" neck width. This addition to the Authentic series is a recreation of the original 1937 model offered with Madagascar rosewood back and sides. 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.
Other specifications of the D-28 Authentic 1937 VTS include:
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Body Size: D-14 Fret Top: VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce Rosette: Style 28 Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Authentic Style) Circa 1937 - Forward Shifted Top Braces: VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16'' Back Material: Solid Madagascar Rosewood Back Purfling: 28 Style Zig-Zag (Authentic) Side Material: Solid Madagascar Rosewood Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid in a Narrow 1937 Shape Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron Binding: Grained Ivoroid Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone Side Inlay: none Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany Neck Shape: Authentic 1937 Barrel & Heel Nut Material: Bone Headstock: Solid/Diamond/1937 Taper Headplate: Solid Madagascar Rosewood Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony Scale Length: 25.4'' 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 1937 Fingerboard Binding: none Finish Back & Sides: Vintage Gloss Finish Top: Vintage Gloss Finish Neck: Vintage Gloss Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony Bridge Style: Authentic Style Belly w/ Long Saddle Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16'' Saddle: 16'' Radius/Long Bone Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel w/ Butterbean Knobs Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200) Bridge & End Pins: Ivory Colored Poly w/ Black Dots Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color Case: 545V Harptone Interior Label: none Electronics: none #1993444
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