Martin | D28 | 1958 | SN:153649
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- Model: D28
- Serial no: 170525
- Year: 1959
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- 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″
This 50’s D28 in great shape and displays great straight grained, quartered Brazilian rosewood. The prior owner has this to say:”
Beautiful, 1957 Martin D28 guitar, serial number 153649. It was bought by my father in a second-hand store in Jacksonville, FL in 1965, and has been treated gently ever since. This instrument shows normal playing wear, with some scratches and finish “crackle”, and has an overall lovely mellow golden appearance. It conforms to the typical specifications of the model for the period in which it was made, with dreadnought-size body, Sitka spruce top with non-scalloped bracing, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge, Brazilian rosewood back, sides, and peghead veneer, waffle-back Kluson tuners CF Martin peghead decal logo, white binding on the top and back edges of the body, and nitrocellulose tortoiseshell-grain pickguard.
There are no significant repairs or refinishes needed or ever done to my knowledge. It keeps tune very well, with the very loud “booming” voice this model is famous for. It has had only silk and steel light gage strings since 1965, and has never needed to have the neck adjusted and the action is still very good. (See pictures, one showing a “quarter” shows the distance between the strings and 12th fret.) The only items not original are minor; 1.) the strap nut at the bottom was replaced and 2. one bridge peg has been replaced.”
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