Martin | D28s | 1968 | SN:231888
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- Model: Ds
- Year: 1968
- Top: Sitka spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 7/8″
- String Spacing: 2 5/16″
- Scale: 25.4″
- Body Length: 20 15/16″
- Lower Bout: 15 5/8″
- Upper Bout: 11 1/2″
- Body Depth: 3 15/16″, 4 3/4″
- Bridge: Ebony
- Rosette:Line purfling
- Backstrip: Marquetry
- Purfling:Line purfling
The first Ditson dreadnoughts were 12 fretter, long bodied guitar but soon they were offered as 14 fret guitars in 1934. Some 21 years later, as the folk boom fueled interest in older, traditional styles, the 12 fret D was reissued. Initially offered from Wurlitzer of Boston, these were designated as D28 SW or special Wurlitzer. However, in 1967, it entered the regular line and is characterised with an S suffix.
The prior owner Mark Kremer has this to say about the guitar:“1968 Brazilian Rosewood D-28S, Last year of the Maple Bridgeplate. These are more sought after than the regular D-28. What Tone, Easy on the fingers, Not hard to play. Does not need a Neck Reset.
12th fret meets the body with Slotted headstock Pickguard is starting to potato chip A bit, But, Is original. Has replaced Schaller Tuners. Nice Straight Grain Brazilian Rosewood. This Guitar is a Cannon !! Vintage Hardshell case included.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures kind courtesy of Mark Kremer.
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