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Martin partnered with Gretsch to debut a second Merle Travis inspired model that pays tribute to the artist and the guitar he made famous in the late 1940s. Merle Travis is one of the most important guitar players of all time and is known for his unique playing style that is still known by guitarists as "Travis Picking." 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. The maple neck offers a unique tonal quality that adds sustain and brightness and pairs nicely with the warmth and depth of rosewood. The interior label is numbered and signed by Chris Martin IV and Fred Gretsch.
CONSTRUCTION: Dovetail Neck Joint
BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
TOP MATERIAL: Sitka Spruce with Aging Toner
TOP BRACING PATTERN: Non-Scalloped, Forward Shifted "X" Bracing
BACK/SIDE MATERIAL: East Indian Rosewood
NECK SHAPE: Bigsby Style w/ High Performace Taper
NUT MATERIAL: Bone
SCALE LENGTH: 25.4"
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1-3/4"
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2-1/8"
BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2-5/32"
SADDLE: 16" Radius/Compensated Bone
RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin MA550T Authentic Acoustic
BRIDGE & END PINS: White Plastic with Faux Tortoise Dots
CASE: Martin 545E Cabernet