Headstock Joints and Volutes on Early C.
F. Martin Guitars
Early C. F. Martin guitars were built with a three piece black
"ebonized" neck, with a separate headstock, neck, and heel, or a
two piece cedar neck with a headstock joined to the one piece neck and
heel. The head and neck were usually joined with a visible
"volute" protruding from the back of the headstock joint.
After Martin started building with a one piece mahogany neck, the volute
remained on Styles 28 and higher, perhaps as a vestigal decorative
element, perhaps to strengthen the transition from headstock to neck.
Stauffer c. 1820
Martin & Coupa Koa
Martin & Coupa Spanish
1840's Ivory Fingerboard Spanish Martin
The earliest necks with slotted headstocks were ebonized, or painted
black, and had "ice cream" style heels.
1840's Spanish Style Martin
1896 Martin 0-42
1870's Martin 2 1/2 - 26
1885 Martin 0-34
1894 Martin 0-42
1896 Martin 4-42
Martin 1860 2-24
Martin 1870's 1-26
Martin 1870's 1-28
Martin 1893 2-27
Martin 1897 1-21
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