Here is an excellent vintage Martin HD-28 copy by Takamine Japan. Made from the late 70’s to early 80’s, the EF-370 SH features a Martin style headstock and logo, a solid spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides and Martin HD28 scalloped bracing, with a factory Takamine pickup system.
The “S” in the model number designates a solid top, and the “H” stands for Herringbone, being a detailed replica of the original pre war Martin Herringbone guitar, the iconic HD-28.
Solid spruce top
Brazilian rosewood book matched two piece back
Brazilian rosewood sides
Scalloped X bracing – replica of Martin HD28
Martin HD28 style zig zag backstrip
Martin shape headstock with Martin style logo
Martin style herringbone purfling to body and soundhole
Rosewood freatboard and bridge
Cream binding to body, neck and headstock
Original Takamine pickup & preamp system
Original Takamine/Kaman factory tuners
This may be as close as you get to a real pre-war Martin HD 28 Herringbone. The attention to detail apparent in the build of this guitar is staggering. It was as if the Taka tech boys dismantled an original HD 28, copied every component down to the bone, and then built a perfect reproduction of an iconic acoustic guitar from the ground up. Which is pretty much what they did.
And the proof is in the playing. It is a big, warm and generous sound. It plays beautifully in all positions, with minimal fret buzz even with a relatively low action. The frets show minimum wear with plenty of life left. There are a few marks, dents & minor dings etc, and some swirling on the pickguard, but nothing unexpected on a 35 year old guitar. We have attempted to show any blemishes in the pics.
There are no structural issues, no repairs carried out, and nothing changed from its original specs.
You could put this one up against a modern Martin dreadnought and it will more than stand its ground. These early Takamines are great quality instruments by any standards. And they are getting harder to find, especially in this condition.
Comes in a Gator hard case in good condition.