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Martin D-28M Merle Travis Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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C.F. Martin introduces the D-28M Merle Travis Commemorative Edition guitar to honor Merle Travis' legacy. Merle Travis ranks among the most gifted gu...Read More

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C.F. Martin introduces the D-28M Merle Travis Commemorative Edition guitar to honor Merle Travis' legacy. Merle Travis ranks among the most gifted guitarists ever. Travis was a groundbreaking player ” on both electric and acoustic ” whose picking style continues to influence guitarists. Travis was also a fine vocalist, superb songwriter, and pioneering guitar designer.

One of his most distinctive guitar designs began with a 1941 Martin D-28 he acquired in 1946. Soon after its purchase, he took the Martin to friend and machinist Paul Bigsby ” who had previously collaborated with Travis to create both the Bigsby vibrato and one of the earliest solidbody electric guitars ” to have the neck replaced with one similar to that on the electric guitar Bigsby made for him. Bigsby obliged, installing a maple neck with his distinctively shaped headstock, Bigsby headstock inlay, six-on-a-side tuners and unique fingerboard position markers. In addition, he replaced the pickguard with an oversized black one that approximated the shape of the new headstock.

Merle Travis liked both the feel and the unique sound of his modified Martin; he played it on virtually every acoustic recording he made from 1946 until his death in 1983. The D-28M Merle Travis Commemorative Edition is modeled after Travis' original modified D-28 Martin, right down to the premium, solid tonewoods. The acoustic guitar's back and sides are rare Madagascar rosewood, a wood prized for its similarity in appearance and tone to the original's now-endangered Brazilian rosewood. The Adirondack spruce top, the same topwood used in 1941, is used for its crisp, powerful tone.

Delivered in a hardshell case, each Martin D-28M Merle Travis guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Thom Bresh, Bigsby Guitars President Fred Gretsch, and Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV, and numbered in sequence. Produced in a limited edition of just 100 instruments, the D-28M Merle Travis acoustic is a great sounding tribute to a truly remarkable guitarist.

A feisty dreadnought to honor Merle Travis' legacy.


D-28M Merle Travis Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

  • Model: D-28M Merle Travis
    Label: Paper Label Signed By CFM IV, Thom Bresh & Fred Gretsch, Numbered In Sequence With Total (100) 1 Of, 2 Of, Etc.
    Construction: Standard; Mahogany Blocks, Dovetail Neck Joint
    Body Size: D-14 Fret
    Top: Adirondack Spruce
    Top Braces: Adirondack, Scalloped 5/16'', Golden Era
    Pattern: Domle #3A
    Bridge Plate: Maple
    Top Binding: 6/32'' Grained Ivoroid
    Top Inlay: Fine Herringbone
    Rosette: Style 28, Black And White Fiber
    Additional Rosette Inlay: .041'' Grained Ivoroid
    Pickguard: Black, Self Adhesive, Unique Travis Shape
    Back: Solid Madagascar Rosewood (Sitka Golden Era Braces)
    Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
    Back Binding: 6/32'' Grained Ivoroid
    Back Inlay: .030'' Black And White Fiber
    Sides: Solid Madagascar Rosewood
    Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
    Endpiece Inlay: .030'' Black And White Fiber
    Neck: Multi-Piece Curly Maple Replica Of Original Bigsby Neck
    Neck Shape: Low Profile
    Headstock: Unique Merle Travis Shape
    Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable
    Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
    Nut: Bone
    Headplate: Figured Walnut
    Headplate Decal: Small Old Style (On Back Of Headstock)
    Headplate Pearl: Solid mother of pearl Bigsby Inlay To Match Original
    Tuning Machines: Grover Nickel 136N6 Vintage Deluxe 6-In-Line Kluson Style
    Fingerboard: Black Ebony
    Radius: 16''
    Scale Length: 25.4''
    Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
    Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
    Frets Clear: 14
    Total Frets: 20
    Pearl Inlay: Unique Solid mother of pearl Heart, Club, Diamond & Spade Design
    Side Dots: White Boltaron
    Finish Body Package: Gloss
    Finish Top: Gloss
    Finish Neck Package: Satin With Polished HP
    Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
    Style: Standard Belly
    String Spacing: 2-1/8''
    Saddle: 16'' Radius, Compensated, Bone
    Strings: MSP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze
    Bridge Pins: Bone With 3.0mm Tortoise Dots
    End Pin: Bone With 4.0mm Tortoise Dot
    Case: 545E Cabernet
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