This is Hank William's guitar. I try to do the right thing with the guitar. You don't want to stink with Hank's guitar.
October 25, 2008 11:54 AM Subscribe
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The Martin D-28
. You have heard it thousands of times before
. Its modest appearance
belies its history and influence
; there have been several changes in its design and construction over the years, but it remains largely the same since its introduction in 1934.
It is known as the standard by which all steel-stringed deadnought-sized guitars are measured, made by C.F. Martin & Company
in Nazareth, Pennsylvania (now in their 175th year).
Originally introduced with scalloped bracing
to maximize bass response and volume in unamplified venues, the construction and positioning
of the bracing moved away from the soundhole in the late 1930's, and the braces became non-scalloped in 1945. These changes served to strengthen the guitar in response to players' tendencies to use heavier and heavier strings to further increase volume.
The only other major change in the construction of the guitar came in 1969 when the availability of highly-prized Brazilian Rosewood
, used in the back and sides, became scarce enough to force the switch to the (widely-regarded as a lesser tonewood) East Indian Rosewood
Due to their age (guitars are generally regarded to improve with sound as the get older), their construction and their rarity, the pre-war D-28
is often referred to as a 'holy grail' of acoustic guitars. Models often sell for six-figure sums when they do appear on the market. Due to this demand, C.F. Martin & Company construct a D-28 Authentic 1937
guitar, made with the same methods and materials as were available in that year (including the use of horse hide glue
Famous Martin D-28's in regular use include Hank Williams' 1941 model
owned and still gigged
by Neil Young
, and Clarence White's unique 1934 model
now owned and played
guitarist Tony Rice.