Martin | D28 | 1943 | SN:85772
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- Model: D-28
- Year: 1940
- Top: Adirondack 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: Herringbone
This is an early 1940’s D28 I spotted on ebay. It still retains the herringbone purfling which was phased out in 1947 and has an Adirondack top with Brazilian rosewood back and sides.
The prior owner Gary Morris has this to say:”In 1981 I signed with Warner Brothers Records, with $3,500 of my signing money I bought this 1941/42 Herringbone at Ferettas Music in Denver, Colorado. My first gig after signing with Warner Brothers was the Rainbow Music Hall, opening for Asleep at the Wheel. I took my new/old Martin and joyfully performed. I had a pickup installed and the only other work done on this guitar was some bracing work done by Gruhn’s in Nashville, I retired it from the road after a half dozen performances and used it in the studio. I would hope that somebody new can enjoy the same resonant sounds that I have enjoyed for almost the last 40 years.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures kind courtesy of Gary Morris.
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