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NMM 6096.  Guitar by C. F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 1997.
Model HD-28VR.   Serial number 611047.  Gift of C. F. Martin & Co., Inc., Nazareth, 1997.

NMM 6096. Guitar by C. F. Martin and Co., Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 1997. Bass side of guitar Back of guitar

The Martin Model HD-28VR is a reproduction of the classic pre-War D-28 dreadnought with herringbone trim and scalloped top bracing. NMM 6096 was given to the Museum by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1997 to preserve a representative example of their Vintage Series instruments.

Inscriptions:  Branded on back graft: [lettering curved downward at each end] C.F.MARTIN & Co / — ∙ — / NAZARETH, PA. / MADE IN U.S.A.

Laser etched on neck block: [cursive lettering curved downward at each end] C. F. Martin & Co. / Est. 1833 / VINTAGE SERIES / HD-28VR / 611047

Gold and black decal on head: [cursive lettering curved downward at each end] CFMartin&Co. [sic] / EST. 1833

Stamped on machine tuner plates in cursive lettering: CF Martin&Co.

Branded on back graft to right of signature: USE MEDIUM GAUGE OR / LIGHTER STRINGS ONLY

C. F. Martin & Co. brand on back graft

Brand on back graft

Laser etching on neck block

Laser etching on neck block

Front of guitar Back of guitar

Body:  Soundboard: two-piece Adirondack spruce, fine grain broadening toward the flanks. Back: two-piece book-matched East Indian rosewood. Ribs: two-piece East Indian rosewood. Head: mahogany veneered with rosewood. Neck: mahogany.


Inlay:  Binding: white ivoroid; light and dark hardwood herringbone trim divided by light hardwood purfling strip, surrounded on each side by dark hardwood purfling strip. Rosette: wide band of cream-white and black striped celluloid (9 strips), surrounded on each side with narrower bands of the same material (5 strips each), with natural wood in between. Back stripe: alternating strips of light and dark hardwood forming zigzag or "zipper" pattern, surrounded on each side with two strips of light hardwood and one strip of dark hardwood purfling, each portion of "zipper" pattern divided by light hardwood purfling strip. End graft: white ivoroid strip (slightly wider toward top than bottom) surrounded by thin white and black celluloid purfling (2 strips) on each side.

Trim:  Heel cap: white ivoroid. Fingerboard: ebony; 21 nickel-silver frets; single abalone slotted diamonds behind 5th, 9th, and 15th frets; two abalone slotted diamonds behind 7th and 12th frets; single white plastic side dots behind 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 15th, and 17th frets; double white plastic dots behind 12th fret. Bridge: ebony with curved lower edge; angled, white Micarta saddle; white plastic bridge pins with imitation-tortoise-shell plastic eyes. Pegs: six chrome-plated steel worm-gear machine tuners with convex head surfaces, reversely curved corners (known as "butterbeans"), and decoratively cut plate outlines. Endpin: white plastic with imitation-tortoise-shell plastic eye. Pick guard: imitation tortoise shell plastic (printed with tortoise-shell pattern rather than marbleized). Varnish: clear, with matte finish on neck.

Front of peghead
Back of peghead

Neck/heel juncture End graft

Neck heel and end graft

Interior:  Linings: kerfed mahogany. Neck block: mahogany; chamfered corners. End block: mahogany; chamfered corners. Top bracing: spruce X-brace, the joint of main cross brace reinforced with white felt; scalloped transverse braces and finger braces in lower bouts; maple bridge plate; hole drilled in upper face brace for access to neck rod. Back braces: four spruce back braces. Back graft: minimally arched spruce.

Measurements:  Total guitar length:  1026 mm (40-13/32″)
Back length:  509 mm (20″)
Upper bout width:  292 mm (11-1/2″)
Waist width:  277 mm (10-7/8″)
Lower bout width:  399 mm (15-3/4″)
Rib height (including edging) at heel:  97 mm (3-13/16″)
Rib height, at waist:  112 mm (4-3/8″)
Rib height, at end block:  124 mm (4-29/32″)
Head length:  162 mm (6-3/8″)
Head width, top:  72 mm (2-11/16″)
Head width, bottom:  55 mm (2-5/32″)
Neck length (nut to ribs):  357 mm (14-1/16″)
Neck width, nut:  43 mm (1-11/16″)
Neck width, heel:  54 mm (2-1/8″)
Soundhole diameter:  101 mm (4″)
Vibrating string length (nut to bridge edge):  high E:  645 mm (25-3/8″); low E:  647 mm (25-1/2″)

Accessories:  Original plywood case covered in black imitation-leather-texture vinyl with green crushed velvet lining, gold-tone steel hardware, and black leather handle, the black leather storage compartment tug embossed with TKL [over world surrounded with two branches], brushed oval brass plaque screwed to side of case, with engraved and black-painted lettering [cursive lettering curved downward at each end] C.F.MARTIN & Co. / EST. 1833 / [oval blank for inscription] / [lettering curved upward at each end] Manufactured Exclusively by TKL. Case key. Drying chemical in tan paper bag stamped TKL [over world surrounded with two branches] / ® / WORLD-CLASS CASES in black ink.

Literature:  André P. Larson, "Two Superb Martin Guitars—One Old, One Not So Old!" America’s Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 25, No. 4 (August 1998), p. 8.

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