Guitars

1932 Martin “Arkie” D-2S Guitar (Serial Number 50562)

Luther Ossenbrink (March 2, 1906 - June 23, 1981) was an American country musician who was also known as the "Arkansas Woodchopper" or just "Arkie". He started performing on radio on KMBC in Kansas City in 1928 and moved to WLS in Chicago in 1930, where he was a popular performer until the late 1950's. Arkie also recorded on Columbia Records and Conqueror Records and published a book of sheet music in 1931, "The Arkansas Woodchopper's World's Greatest Collection of Cowboy Songs".

A D-2 Special was ordered by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. on March 21, 1932. The serial number 50562 was allocated to this special guitar. It was stamped on March 23, 1932 and cleared final inspection on April 12 that year (only 20 days later!) It was shipped to CMI on April 13, 1932.
The fingerboard with "Arkie" in script pearl letters was made by the Louis Handel Co. in New York. Martin received it on March 30, 1932 so it look like Handle was able to make the fingerboard and inlay in about a week.
Martin made a total of only seven D-2 guitars, the last with a carved top, before renaming the model D-28.

Style 2 features (same as style 28):

Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood

Neck: 12 frets to the body

Top: Adirondack spruce

Purfling: Herringbone

Binding: Ivoroid

Back stripe: Zig-zag pattern

Other period features:

Scalloped X-bracing

Ebony fingerboard

Ebony belly bridge

Ebony bar neck reinforcement

1-7/8" neck width at nut

25.4” scale length

Tortoiseshell celluloid pick guard

Slotted diamond & square fingerboard inlays

C. F. Martin stamp on back of headstock

Style stamp

 

 

Photos courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame

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