Martin | D-28 | 1947 | SN:99978
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- Model: D-28
- Serial no: 99978
- Year: 1947
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Bracing: Tapered
- Back and sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Purfling: Line
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony
- 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″ spac
This is a good example of a D28 from the 40′s. One of 450 made that year, it has the narrower nut width of 1 11/16″ and just missed out on Herringbone purfling. Although it has seen quite a few repairs in it’s 62 years, it is still a magnificent old lady.
The prior owner had this to say:” Here is a great sounding martin from the golden era. It is not a collectors guitar, it is for a player who appreciates great tone, light weight, excellent balance, the classic vintage martin look and sound all around. It has had some work done to it over the years to keep it in playable condition.
The repairs that I know of are 1) plugged pickup hole in bottom near endpin 2) bridgeplate replacement, it is about 1/4 inch larger than the original plate. It is a maple replacement. 3) new ebony bridge (old one was shaved down) 4) the fretboard has been replaced (old one was planed too thin for a proper refret) 5) new frets 6) fresh neck reset 7) new bone nut and saddle 8) pickguard is the old cellulose nitrate kind, but a little bigger than normal.
The case is what came with it so as far as I know it is original, in great shape. The guitar has a sitka spruce top that has 2 surface cracks in it. They are near the binding on the treble side. The sides are crack free. The back has 2 surface cracks on each side of the zipper strip, near the endpin. The cracks are about 4 inches long, stable, do not show on the inside.
I think the finish is original, it has alot of old crazing in it and it is worn down to the wood in several places. The tuners look to be original, double line deluxe klusons. The binding has alot of cracks in it but it is solid and attached. It has the tapered braces, they are not scalloped.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures courtesy of Tim Lynch. ©2008
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