In 1947 finger-picker Merle Travis commissioned Paul A Bigsby to fit a custom neck for his 1941 Martin D-28. It was to be the first re-necking that Bigsby would do on another maker's instrument. The look and feel of his work would be embraced by numerous others musicians of the period and Bigsby would go on to do similar work for the likes of Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizell and Zeke Clements, among others.
In 2002 C.F. Martin began a dialogue with Travis's son, Thom Bresh, to recreate that iconic D-28. The finished product was introduced in July 2008 and production will be limited to an edition of 100 guitars. This instrument is an early test model used to examine the production viability of a Martin guitar with a Bigsby style neck.