How Martin Really Is “Making 'Em Like They Used To”


Presented by C.F. Martin & Co.

Solid pearl inlays, early logo art treatment and the 100% hot hide glue construction were just some of the authentic vintage features that trademarked the magnificent instruments built during the “golden era” of Martin Guitars. And now, thanks to an innovative research method, the guitar design team at Martin has uncovered numerous additional features and subtle nuances in the craftsmanship of these much sought-after guitars.

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Using highly advanced CAT scan machines from the Smithsonian Institute, Martin’s guitar design team literally saw the past in high res images of vintage Martins from 1931, 1933, 1936, 1939, and 1941.

As a result, and with a great deal of handwork, finesse, and painstaking attention to detail at every stage of construction and assembly, the team can now authentically replicate virtually every aspect of vintage construction – from minute differences in bridge plate thicknesses to unique neck and bracing pattern subtleties to the delicate hide glued cloth side reinforcement strips. The finished product is Martin’s “Authentic Guitar Series” – the most authentic “new old” Martins ever.

All Martin Authentic Series guitars for 2013 feature thinner headstocks, fingerboards, bridge wings, and bridge plates. Solid pearl inlays are period correct in shape, size, dimension, and placement. The design team has also gone back to the original sound-hole sizes and positions, and milled the thicknesses of tops and backs to the old specs. Five classic vintage models are being offered in limited quantities – the D-45S Authentic 1936 (14-fret), D-28 Authentic 1931 (12 fret), D-28 Authentic 1941 (14 fret), D-18 Authentic 1939 (14-fret) and OM-18 Authentic 1933.

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