Acoustic Hollow Body parlor guitar
The graceful herringbone motif of inlays on the top, sides and bottom, and the ornamented rosette around the soundhole.
Ivory binding, spruce top, rosewood back, sides and neck
CF Martin had developed his own style in the 1850s. He had almost withdrawn from the influence of Stauffer and developed an innovative vision on the construction of guitars. The development of the X-shaped bracing pattern is attributed to him.
Martin also began to standardize the size of his guitars in the second half of the 19th century: ‘1’ was the standard model, ‘2’ was a smaller parlor guitar, ‘0’ was a larger concert instrument, and ’00’ was the largest model, the so-called grand concert. The two-digit addition pointed to the style of the guitar: Style 28 was characterized by the ornate herringbone motif of inlays on the top, side and bottom and by the ornamented rosette around the soundhole. Until 1918, real elephant ivory was used for binding along the top and back.