The classic Martin 000-28 belongs to Martin's 28-series of guitars. Like all 28s the 000-28 features rosewood back and sides which typically yields a rounder sound than their mahogany counterparts in the 18-series.
A major turning point in Martin 28 history came in 1969 when the Pennsylvania maker switched from Brazilian to Indian Rosewood. This makes 000-28s from prior to 1969 far more collectible than later examples.
Brazilian rosewood back and sides
Mahogany neck with unbound ebony fingerboard - dot inlay
Brazilian headstock overlay
Ebony bridge with white bridge pins
The body measures 15 1/8" across at the lower bout, and scale length is 25 1/4". 1 11/16" across at the nut, and string spacing is 2 5/32" at the saddle.
S/N 23xxxx = 1968
This is an exceptionally clean 1968 Martin 000-28 in its original natural finish. The 000-28 has always been a favourite Martin model among players and collectors alike, and this one does not disappoint.
The 000-28 has been around since the late nineteenth century. It was produced in modest numbers until the 1950s and early 1960s when production slowed. In fact, zero were made in 1963 and only three in 1964. But the next year 176 were made, likely a response to the folk-rock burgeoning in pop music at the time.
In 1968, the year of this particular guitar’s production, only 102 were made. This was the end of the line for the Brazilian rosewood back & sides as found on this guitar.
This 000 sports a spruce top, bound in layers of white/black binding. Back and sides are beautiful Brazilian rosewood with a strip of fancy marquetry inlaid down the centre seam. The neck is mahogany capped with ebony. The head is faced with Brazilian veneer. Tuners are enclosed Grover Pat Pending.
This instrument is very clean and is free of any cracks or other structural blemishes. It has had no modifications or work of any kind apart from a fret dress & setup. The neck is straight & true, and does not need a neck reset. Plenty of years to go on this one.
The action on this one is comfortable in all areas with the string height at the 12th fret measuring 2.5mm on the bass side and 2mm on the treble.
Structurally, the guitar is very sound. The finish is original, with only minor nicks here and there. There are some lovely natural striations appearing in the lacquer which just add to the vintage appeal of this instrument.
This one has had a pickup installed before the current owner bought it in 2000. We cannot verity the brand but it sounds mighty good when plugged in.
According to the National Institute of Fine Fretted Instruments USA, in the annals of “the coolest guitars ever made” there is a special listing (with an asterisk) for the Martin 000-28. If you look down at the bottom of the page the asterisk says “Ask Eric Clapton,” who has used an older Martin 000-28 as his primary acoustic guitar for many years.
The sound of this guitar is nothing less than exquisite - that classic and coveted Martin 'ring', rich and loud, with plenty of complex overtones and sustain that come with Brazilian-bodied Martins.
Comes with a newer fitted hard case in good condition, but with one latch broken.