New Martin D-28 Bigsby Guitar
In the early 1950s, the legendary electric guitar builder Paul Bigsby had a sideline making new necks for Martin acoustic guitars. These necks were usually made of maple and had the distinctive Bigsby headstock. Merle Travis was the most notable player to use a Bigsby-necked Martin but early 1950s country performers like Carl Smith, Martha Carson, Rex Allen and Smitty Smith all played them, as well. This new D-28 Bigsby pays homage to those modified Martins.
The D-28 Bigsby is built on the foundation of a newly reimagined D-28 (2017) and is crafted with East Indian rosewood and features a maple high-performance taper neck fitted with the Bigsby headstock. Martin states that the maple neck offers a unique tonal quality that adds sustain and brightness and pairs nicely with the warmth and depth of rosewood. The Bigbsy trademark is currently owned by Gretsch Enterprises and each guitar features a label is numbered and signed by Chris Martin IV and Fred Gretsch.