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  • Instrument: Dreadnought

  • Brand: Martin

  • Model: D-28

  • Finish: Natural

  • SKU: GF8060-A

  • Handedness: Right

  • Made In Year: 1937

  • Top: Adirondack Spruce

  • Back and Sides: Brazilian Rosewood

  • Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany/ Ebony

  • Bridge Material: Ebony

  • Tuners: 50s/60s Grover G98 Tuners

  • Neck Profile: Soft V

  • Neck Depth: .79"- 1.03"

  • Scale Length: 25.4"

  • Radius: 16"

  • Nut Width: 1.75"

  • String Spacing at Saddle: 2.33"

  • Contains Brazilian Rosewood (Y/N): Y

  • Electronics: None

  • Case: Late 60s Martin Hardshell Case

  • Modifications/Repairs: Full refinish (likely late 60s Martin Factory work), shaved bridge, replacement saddle, replacement bone nut, refret, replacement maple bridge plate, original reglued pickguard and b-string crack, repaired/reglued headstock break with finish touchup over crack and central impact point, note- this guitar would benefit from a neck reset and replacement ebony bridge

  • 1 9/16”: 1.563”

  • 1 5/8”: 1.625”

  • 1 11/16”: 1.688”

  • 1 3/4”: 1.750”

  • 1 7/8”: 1.875”

Regarded as one of the greatest guitars of all time, the Martin D-28 is the grandfather of dreadnoughts. Many feel that this is the point when Martin reached the nexus of guitar building and perfecting their instruments. This example from 1937 is a timestamp in history to show us just how wonderful the craftsman were in the earlier years. Sonic qualities are full of the best notes a player could hopeful. The guitar is loud and articulate. A natural compression is present in the guitar that makes the volume of every note stand out. Flatpicking really shines on this guitar because the dynamics are so impressive. Hard bass hits in combination with flourishing higher accents present the listener and the player with a balanced experience. It takes time, attention and age to reveal an instrument that performs and tells a story as impressively as this one.

The guitar is not in perfect original condition, but the minor issues are something that we feel the next owner should make a decision on how to proceed next. First of all, the entire guitar was expertly refinished in nitrocellulose lacquer, likely at the Martin factory in the late 1960s. The context clues being the color and consistency of the lacquer and the late 1960s Martin hardshell case it has been residing in for many years. There was a headstock break, which might have spurred a theorized trip to the Martin factory. The crack has remained stable and has recently received a little extra finish touchup due to lacquer chip out. While currently playable with higher action and able to show off its sonic qualities, the guitar is due for another neck reset, refret and bridge. The bridge plate was replaced at some point, but is a thinner maple with a slightly larger footprint than the original. The next owner has the rare opportunity to hear the glorious sound of this holy grail 1937 Martin D-28 and decide how to proceed next with it. Please ask staff for details.

Comes with 1960s Martin Hardshell case.

Martin D-28 1937, Natural

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    Description

    Regarded as one of the greatest guitars of all time, the Martin D-28 is the grandfather of dreadnoughts. Many feel that this is the point when Martin reached the nexus of guitar building and perfecting their instruments. This example from 1937 is a timestamp in history to show us just how wonderful the craftsman were in the earlier years. Sonic qualities are full of the best notes a player could hopeful. The guitar is loud and articulate. A natural compression is present in the guitar that makes the volume of every note stand out. Flatpicking really shines on this guitar because the dynamics are so impressive. Hard bass hits in combination with flourishing higher accents present the listener and the player with a balanced experience. It takes time, attention and age to reveal an instrument that performs and tells a story as impressively as this one.

    The guitar is not in perfect original condition, but the minor issues are something that we feel the next owner should make a decision on how to proceed next. First of all, the entire guitar was expertly refinished in nitrocellulose lacquer, likely at the Martin factory in the late 1960s. The context clues being the color and consistency of the lacquer and the late 1960s Martin hardshell case it has been residing in for many years. There was a headstock break, which might have spurred a theorized trip to the Martin factory. The crack has remained stable and has recently received a little extra finish touchup due to lacquer chip out. While currently playable with higher action and able to show off its sonic qualities, the guitar is due for another neck reset, refret and bridge. The bridge plate was replaced at some point, but is a thinner maple with a slightly larger footprint than the original. The next owner has the rare opportunity to hear the glorious sound of this holy grail 1937 Martin D-28 and decide how to proceed next with it. Please ask staff for details.

    Comes with 1960s Martin Hardshell case.

    Spec
    • Instrument: Dreadnought

    • Brand: Martin

    • Model: D-28

    • Finish: Natural

    • SKU: GF8060-A

    • Handedness: Right

    • Made In Year: 1937

    • Top: Adirondack Spruce

    • Back and Sides: Brazilian Rosewood

    • Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany/ Ebony

    • Bridge Material: Ebony

    • Tuners: 50s/60s Grover G98 Tuners

    • Neck Profile: Soft V

    • Neck Depth: .79"- 1.03"

    • Scale Length: 25.4"

    • Radius: 16"

    • Nut Width: 1.75"

    • String Spacing at Saddle: 2.33"

    • Contains Brazilian Rosewood (Y/N): Y

    • Electronics: None

    • Case: Late 60s Martin Hardshell Case

    • Modifications/Repairs: Full refinish (likely late 60s Martin Factory work), shaved bridge, replacement saddle, replacement bone nut, refret, replacement maple bridge plate, original reglued pickguard and b-string crack, repaired/reglued headstock break with finish touchup over crack and central impact point, note- this guitar would benefit from a neck reset and replacement ebony bridge

    • 1 9/16”: 1.563”

    • 1 5/8”: 1.625”

    • 1 11/16”: 1.688”

    • 1 3/4”: 1.750”

    • 1 7/8”: 1.875”

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