Speaking Volutes
 

Headstock Joints and Volutes on C. F. Martin Guitars


Early C. F. Martin guitars were built with a three piece black "ebonized" neck, with a separate headstock, neck, and heel, or a two piece cedar neck with a headstock joined to the one piece neck and heel.  The head and neck were usually joined with a visible "volute" protruding from the back of the headstock joint.
 
After Martin started building with a one piece mahogany neck, the volute remained on Styles 28 and higher, perhaps as a vestigal decorative element, perhaps to strengthen the transition from headstock to neck.



Stauffer c. 1820



 
 
Martin & Coupa Koa
 
 

 
 
Martin & Coupa Spanish
 
 


 
1840's Ivory Fingerboard Spanish Martin

 
 



The earliest necks with slotted headstocks were ebonized, or painted black, and had "ice cream" style heels.




1840's Spanish Style Martin




1896 Martin 0-42




 



 
 
 
1870's Martin 2 1/2 - 26

 

 

1885 Martin 0-34

 

 
 
1894 Martin 0-42



1896 Martin 4-42
 

 


Martin 1860 2-24



Martin 1870's 1-26
  

 



Martin 1870's 1-28

 



Martin 1893 2-27
 
 



Martin 1897 1-21
 
 



Martin 1907 1-28

   



Martin "Nunes" 1917 Style 1400

 



Martin 1917 0-30

 



1922 Martin Wurlitzer 2092 / 0-42





1926 Martin 0-28

 



Martin 1926 00-28

 



Martin 1934 00-40H
 
 

 
 

 
 
Early 1930 Martin OM-28





1939 Martin D-28

 






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