C.F. Martin & Co. has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.  
Founded in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, the privately held company has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations. Christian Frederick (“Chris”) Martin IV took the helm of the company in 1986 and is its current chairman and CEO. Under his guidance, the company has introduced a number of new and innovative models that appeal to musicians, including the popular acoustic/electric Performing Artist Series, and several custom and signature Artist Editions.
Martin guitars are the instruments of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers.  They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies; on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the pages of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere (including in the hands of Jeff Daniels and Hugh Laurie on the covers of the last two issues of Guitar Aficionado). Connect with Martin on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and many other social media via  www.martinguitar.com.

The collaboration between Martin and Ditson came to an end when the Ditson Company was sold, and the last of the Ditson Dreadnoughts was made in late 1930. A few months later Martin was building Dreadnoughts for their own line.  The first were designated D-1 (#47052 &53) and D-2 (#47054&55), with this first batch being sent to the Chicago Musical Instrument Co. on  May 22, 1931 (two more D-2 models were made later that year). The D-1 would become the D-18 and the D-2 became the D-28. One of the D-2 models is on display at the Country Music Foundation Hall of Fame in Nashville. It belonged to the country entertainer "Arkie,” who performed on The National Barn Dance over radio station WLS in Chicago.  Gene Autry, who ordered the first D-45 two years later, also appeared on the same radio show around that time.
The Martin HD-28V dreadnought guitar incorporates popular pre-war features into a vintage Herringbone format. The guitar is designed to be a replica of a pre-war model both in tone and appearance.
Approximate Retail Value $4,099
Learn more about this guitar on the Martin websitehttp://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=m&m=HD-28Vshapeimage_2_link_0


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