In the late 1920s tenor guitars became a major part of Martin's product line. Initially, Martin mostly based their tenor models on size 5 and 2 guitars. Putting the short tenor scale on a size 5 guitar worked reasonably well but the short scale on the relatively long body of a size 2 guitar resulted in an awkward loction of the bridge, such as on this guitar.
Although the size 2 body usually had a 12-fret neck, the short tenor scale allowed Martin to accomodate a 14-fret tenor neck.
Serial number 40051 was stamped on October 25, 1929 and cleared final onspection on February 19, 1930.
The 2-28T guitars were a short-lived model with 27 being made in 1928 and 1929. Martin also offered a 2-28T-L with a longer scale but these only accounted for a further 31 guitars, also in 1928 and 1929.
The tuners are Grover #90 banjo pegs.
Style 28 features:
Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
Top: Red spruce (Adirondack)
Binding: White celluloid
Backstripe: Zig-zag pattern
Other period features:
Ebony straight bridge
No pick guard
Slotted diamond and square fingerboard inlays
C. F. Martin stamp on back of headstock
No style stamp
Photos courtesy of Player Vintage Instruments