Check out the most important flatop guitars of all time.  These are the real guitars and I have played them all.  I have measured, studied, played and owned countless Pre-War Martin guitars .  Using my hacklinger thickness gauge and my ears and eyes, I have played and studied some very famous guitars including.... The First Martin D guitar the 1929 Ditson X-Braced The first D-18, The first D28/The "D2" prototype, Tony rice’s d28, the charles sawtelle D-28, THe Gibson 18" flat-top Super Guitar Prototype and many many others. 

D28 14 fret #7 April 9, 1934

D28 14 fret #7 April 9, 1934

My favorite guitar, the seventh 14 fret D28. Owned by Dan Tyminski for over a decade and then Ronnie Bowman and used on multiple recordings by Dan, Ronnie and Allison Krauss. I traded Ronnie one of the best D18s I have ever played for it and I am currently making him a guitar influenced by this legendary guitar. Notice it has two bullet holes in the top that go all the way thru the guitar. One goes thru the original case too.

Clarence White/Tony RIce 1935 D28

Clarence White/Tony RIce 1935 D28

The most famous flattop of all time

1942 D-28 Shaded Top

1942 D-28 Shaded Top

THis was Bill Harrell of Reno and Harrell Fame. I recently added this to my collection and its incredible.

The Bill Harrell D-28

The Bill Harrell D-28

The Ditson

The Ditson

1929 Ditson Martin Made X-braced Dreadnaught. Named after the world largest ship the USS Dreadnaught and Designed by Ditson. The first D ever. So incredible and the the only one. ALl the others that have turned up so far of the 50 some made were fan-braced. This is Martin Prototype for the D-18.

The First D-28

The First D-28

This is the documented first ever D28 the "D2" Prototype. 12 fret slotted headstock. One of the top ten most valuable guitars list

Charles Sawtelle

Charles Sawtelle

The Legendary Charles Sawtelle 1937 D-28. Chris Eldridge from the Punch Brothers brought it to my house when he ordered his two Griggs Guitars in progress. It is amazing....Chris said my guitars were really close to the old guitars we had out for a couple of days and a lot of picking. It was a very proud moment for me as a builder...His two Griggs guitars will be very special...

1934 Gibson Radio Grande Brazilian

1934 Gibson Radio Grande Brazilian

1934 Gibson Radio Grande Brazilian, 1936 D Angelico, 1944 D-28, 1963 Surf Green Stratocaster

1935 d-28

1935 d-28

One of my favorite guitars I have ever played

My 1935 D-18

My 1935 D-18

1934 12 fret solid headstock D-28 one of 2

1934 12 fret solid headstock D-28 one of 2

My 1939 D-28

My 1939 D-28

My 1939 and The Sawtelle 37

My 1939 and The Sawtelle 37

My 1939 and The Sawtelle 37

My 1939 and The Sawtelle 37

1940 D18 purchased from original owners son

1940 D18 purchased from original owners son

Playing my 1940 d18 at Merlefest

Playing my 1940 d18 at Merlefest

J35 Prototype

J35 Prototype

Playing Larry Keels 1936 L-00

Playing Larry Keels 1936 L-00

1937 D-18

1937 D-18

The Gibson Prototype 1936

The Gibson Prototype 1936

This guitar is a one of a kind and considered to be the most valuable Gibson Guitar. ITs has an Super 400 18inch body, Adv. Jumbo Bridge, Red Spruce Top and X Bracing, and a Loar Style elevated fingerboard L-5 neck. Incredible!!!!

My 1940 Well played D-28

My 1940 Well played D-28

1945 D-18

1945 D-18

The Ditson

The Ditson

1936 D Angelico

1936 D Angelico

One of my favorite guitars