Martin | D28 | 1949 | SN:111451
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- Model: D-28
- Year: 1949
- Serial: 111451
- 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
I saw this on ebay where the prior owner had this to say:”This beautiful instrument (Serial Number 111451) has been carefully maintained, stored and played it’s entire 69 year existence. It has some wear, which is natural considering how great it sounds, you just have to pick it up and play it.
Well this is another 1949 D28 which has had work done to it. The top has a crack on the bass edge off the soundhole and a patch most likely from am impact injury. The bridge is not original and oversized. Below the bridge appears to have suffered from cracks and some belly. The pickguard is a replacement by virtue of being above the finish.
It appears like 1949 is a bad year to be a d28! Check out the other D28 which has also had a lot of work done to it here.
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures kind courtesy of Rodney Rastall.
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