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While it was thought at one time that these were somehow 'special' and had solid tops, based on current research and scholarship, an emerging school of thought dismisses this notion. White binding on body (w/b/w/b/w.) "Ebonized" (blackened) Rosewood Bridge and fingerboard on some, natural rosewood on others.
It is widely assumed by owners and Sigma historians alike that this is correct, though C. Martin cannot, or will not confirm this."Sigma-Martin USA" guitars built in 19 only, had specifically assigned serial numbers ranging from 900,001 to 902,908 (2,907 in total.) These serial numbers are documented by C. These "N" instruments, of which only two models were ever produced, the DR-28N & DR-35N partially assembled in Japan and were imported to Nazareth ("N") and the Martin guitar factory as kits. A Martin factory sales brochure shows the DR-28N retailed at 0.00 and the DR- 35N retailed at 0.00 The DR-35N had a 3-piece laminate rosewood back and sides and a solid spruce top. The peghead logo reads "Sigma Martin USA" and inside the sound box is on the neck block " made in USA" with Martin address etc. distributor is now Six String Brokerage LLC, Nazareth, Pa.Other physical indicators or attributes, such as finish, trim, tuners, etc., can help determine the approximate construction date of a particular example, but almost never exactly. It is not known at this time just how many D-10's were built but it is believed by some, and indicated by the number up for saleat any given time that production ran into the thousands, not limited to 100 as previously rumored. Martin memo dated August 7, 1980 further discusses 'economically uncorrectable' cosmetic flaws in the D-10 and how they were to be indicated by the inspectors: "The flawed instruments were graded into 2 categories depending on the nature of the blemishes and were stamped on the back center strip accordingly.While I cannot be absolutely certain of the year it was manufactured, it was certainly by, or prior to 1977. Some of these guitars also had the "Est 1970" instead of the C. Martin & Co.," using a slightly different block font that is both fatter & wider than the original 2nd series instruments. Some guitars made later in Taiwan and Indonesia have a different headstock shape and decal: The shape is more squared off at the top corners, while the decal states, "Sigma Guitars" on top with a miniature version of the "C. The paper labels for model/serial number identification had also changed again, this time with a fancy border and the word "Sigma" or "Sigma Guitars" printed in gold ink.