C. F. Martin 1840's Early Experimental X Brace
Spanish Size 1 Guitar
With Early 28 Style Rosette
This Martin, like my early Martin & Coupa parlor guitar, has what I
believe may be the first experimental variation of X-bracing,which
appears at about the same time on a handful of Martins and Schmidt &
Maul Guitars. One such Schmidt& Maul is dated 1845.
This Martin, with the same experimental variation of X-bracing as
appears on the Martin & Coupa above, also has several distinctive
1840's features including Spanish foot, Spanish heel, nickel silver nut,
and large abalone fretboard markers on the side of the neck, as well as
the colored diamond backstrip and checkerboard binding sometimes seen on
This early Spanish Style Martin appears in a larger Size 1, with
a variant of the classic three ring soundhole rosette with double ivory
center rings that later distinguished the Style 28.
Body width: 12 13/16"
Upper body width: 9.25"
Body length: 18 15/16"
Upper body depth: 3 9/16"
Lower body depth: 4.25"
Neck width at nut: 1 7/8"
Neck width at 12th fret: 2 9/16"
String spacing at bridge: 2 3/8"
Top braces: early experimental variation of X bracing with two
outer blades of fan surrounding narrow X
Back braces: 3 thin 9/16" V shaped braces
Stamp: "C.F. Martin New-York" on Spanish foot
Martin coffin cases were always fitted with a
lock and key. Many of the earliest Martin locks were
enclosed in heavy brass plates, many without name, this one with an
engraved eagle and the name "Liebrich, Phila."
2 3/4" handle, 1 1/4" base
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