Introduced by Martin in 1931, the D-28 is prized for its big projection and high quality tone. The first batch went wholly to the Chicago Musical Instrument Company, although this “exclusive” deal didn’t last for long. Originally built around the Martin D-14 Fret platform, early examples included exotic tone woods, such as Brazilian Rosewood, which is no longer available in large quantities due to deforestation and subsequent treaty controls.
Original D28 guitars also used standard materials no longer found in current production models. For example, they had a distinct “herringbone” pattern that lined the top of the guitar. However, this touch was discontinued in 1946, as the German-made materials were no longer available post-World War II. Also the “diamonds and squares” fretboard inlays were reduced to plain dot styling around this time.
D-28s were so popular at one point during the 1950s, that customers were waiting two years or more for one.
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard X
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16″
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: Style 28
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: White Boltaron
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: White Boltaron
Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: White Boltaron
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4″
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16″
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8″
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8″
Saddle: 16″ Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
Over the past 100 + years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world.
And the D-28 is a certified classic – one of the great Martin models, popularised and used by a long list of big name artists in very genre of music.
This one shows some player wear, including some quite heavy pick marks above and below the soundhole, including an area right through to the wood. There are a some indentations, scratches and marks consistent with a 40 year old instrument which has been well used. But our theory is that a well used guitar has been well used simply because it actually is a good guitar that makes you want to play it.
And that is the case here.
The frets are in good shape, the neck is straight, it is structurally sound, and it has that big spacious D-28 sound – well balanced with warm low end, punchy midrange and articulate treble.
There is no pick guard shrinkage and there are no cracks in the top – sadly something that affects some Martins from this era. This guitar was originally fitted with Schaller tuners but at some point a previous owner has replaced them with Grover tuners – which is not uncommon on 70s Martins.
Also, it has been fitted with an under bridge Pure Pickup from K&K Sound which accurately amplifies this nice 70s workdog.
Comes in it a quality Hiscox Lite Flite hard shell case in good condition.