At Telluride Music Co., we are honored to be an Authorized Dealer of C.F. Martin guitars. These days, it seems there are 100s of builders trying to recreate the iconic guitars of Martin’s “Golden Era,” but ultimately Martin’s line of Authentic guitars are by far the most historically-accurate and some of the best-sounding of these instruments. Without question, these guitars are the finest instruments Martin currently offers. This D-28 Authentic 1941 VST is based on a gorgeous 1941 herringbone D-28 in the Martin museum. To ensure historical accuracy, Martin brought the original ’41 D-28 to the CAT scan machine at the Smithsonian Institute. Using the resulting diagrams and prewar spec-sheets, Martin builds these guitars to a meticulous level of authenticity—in looks, tone and feel. Constructed the old way, with hide glue throughout, this D-28 Authentic 1941 features a solid Adirondack Spruce top and solid Madagascar Rosewood back and sides. It sports classic style-28 appointments, true to the 1941 specs. In 1941, Martin’s bracing changed considerably, so this one has the proper rearward-shifted X-bracing, and it also has the narrower 1-11/16″ nut width and shallower neck profile that were introduced in ’41. When it comes to tone, though, Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) allows this guitar to look—and sound—as much like the original as possible. Based on the historic system of torrefaction, VTS allows Martin to properly season the top and braces so that they behave like old tone-woods. Further, the finish work on this guitar is more traditional. After finding some old notes that mentioned a different pumice and formula than are used today, Martin developed a finish that has a more satin appearance than modern high-gloss models. The result is a finish that shows us what a new Martin looked like in 1941. This is an impressive guitar, more than deserving of all of the praise and hype surrounding the Authentic line. It reminds very much of an unbelievable 1941 herringbone D-28 that recently passed through our shop. Please call (970) 728-9592 or e-mail for an in-hand description.
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