Martin | D-28 | 1939 | SN: 73537
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- Model: D-28
- Serial no: 73537
- Year: 1939
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Scalloped bracing
- Neck: Mahogany
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony
- String Spacing: 2 1/4″
- 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″
This is an early 1939 D-28 from Martin it was originally claimed to have an incorrect serial number (73537- but provenance of Martin serial 73537 provided by separate owner although we do not have permission to reproduce the photos). The company has really built it’s reputation on this model and some 70 years after this particular guitar was built, the D28 is still one of Martin’s most popular models. WE have 2 seperate submissions for this guitar from Counts brothers and from California Vintage Guitar & Amp.
The Counts Brothers listings had this to say:”Keep in mind, this guitar has been refinished. Here’s a list of what has been done to it: Entirely refinished; replacement peghead decal; replacement tuners; replacement bridge; replacement pickguard; replacement internal bridge plate; numerous repaired cracks with interior cleats.This guitar has seen many years of playing and it is still fully playable. The refinishing was done in the early 1970’s in Huntsville, Al.”
The California Vintage Guitar & Amp listing says :”The guitar has three top cracks a side crack and a back crack that were repaired many years ago and the guitar is solid. The pickguard is a little bit oversize but looks very good on the guitar. The CF Martin decal on the headstock appears to be from a slotted head guitar as it is a little smaller than the original. The open back Grovers appear to be the originals and there are no extra holes in the headstock at all. It has also been oversprayed, not refinished. The original finish is underneath. The overspray also looks to have been done many years ago. The Shaded Top is somewhat of a mystery. Martin does not indicate that it was originally built as a Shaded Top. It certainly looks to be original to the guitar as the color and the shading are very consistent with others from that period. The son of the original owner told me that it was sent back to Martin for the ST “a long time ago” but I don’t know how accurate his memory is. The first 7 frets have been replaced and the others are original to the guitar. It does have a great look to it and great “mojo” about it and it sounds like omly a pre-war D-28 can. Loud and full with tremendous bass. It has been played alot which is probably why it sounds so good.
Photos from Counts Brothers & California Vintage Guitar & Amp
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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