Martin | D28 | 1949 | SN:112858
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- Model: D-28
- Year: 1949
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16″
- String Spacing: 2 1/8″
- Scale: 25.4″
- Body Length: 19 7/8″
- Lower Bout: 15 5/8″
- Upper Bout: 11 3/8″
- Body Depth: 3 3/4″, 4 3/4″
- Bridge: Ebony
- Binding: Ivoroid
- Rosette: Ring
- Backstrip: Marquetry
- Purfling: Line
This is a 1949 D28 which has seen much repairs and playing in it’s 60 years. It has a Sitka Spruce top with Brazilian rosewood back and sides.
The prior owner Jeff has this to say:”This guitar plays well and sounds terrific. It is the real deal. This guitar looks like Willie Nelson’s Trigger: it has been played long and hard for 60 years!
It has holes in the top and a hole on the side where a 1/4″ jack was once installed for a DeArmond-style sound hole pickup. On the back of the headstock at the V-diamond cut there is a machine screw screwed into the diamond cut. The wood beneath the diamond cut split and was glued down. This happened a long, long time ago — decades ago.
This is a surface cosmetic issue only, the headstock is not broken and the neck is not broken.
There is no issue with the neck or headstock. Structurally this guitar is as good as the day it was new or else I wouldn’t own it.What is the story of this guitar? This guitar was owned by a guy who played on the Opry circuit with the Everly Brothers. He had an aggressive picking style and wanted to be heard above the band on stage.
Therefore he made double pick-guards in black plastic for the guitar and secured these to the guitar’s top with machine screws. Next, he drilled a hole and installed a volume control above the 6th string in front of the bridge. He also drilled a hole in the side of the guitar to run the 1/4″ jack out of the guitar from the sound hole pickup.
The story of the machine screw through the back of the headstock: Evidently the nut broke free of its glue on the front of the headstock. This guy re-glued the nut and then tried carefully (sic) to secure the nut at its berth with the screw point just coming through the headstock to hold it on top.
When I bought this guitar in 2002 it still sported the double pick guards but the pickup was long gone. The bridge was split and the guitar needed new frets with a neck reset. Greg Reszel of Grem Guitars in Fort Wayne, IN, did a compression re-fret. Elderly Intruments did a neck reset and replaced the bridge with a long saddle replica that looks strikingly original.
A Greven Light D28 pick guard was installed in place of the double pick guards. All cracks and holes were sealed. This guitar is in repaired, unrestored condition. It is 100% structurally sound. No loose braces, neck joint tight and solid, frets level, action like a new Martin, guitar will stay like this and be playable for the next 60 years! I have been playing for 45 years and have owned over 250 guitars. I bought this guitar because I had always wanted a Brazilian Rosewood. Brazilian Rosewood has been virtually extinct since 1969. This guitar is gorgeous.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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