Frank Herbert Martin, the fifth generation of Martins in America, is born in 1933. He is shown here as a boy with his father (C. F. Martin III) and grandfather (Frank Henry Martin).
Martin custom builds the first D-45 for cowboy star Gene Autry, 12-fret body, Serial #53177. Legions of "Singing Cowboys" – including Roy Rodgers – follow Gene’s lead, ordering fancy pearl-bound Martins for the silver screen.
The original Herringbone D-28 (so called because of its herringbone wood trim) is also introduced and features scalloped top bracing which greatly increased its tone and volume. It becomes one of the most sought-after Martins by collectors and players.
- Frank Herbert Martin is born. The first Martin D-45 and D-28 appear.