This consignment 1934 Martin OOO-28 (56582) features the long OM string scale that was used though about August of that year. Of the 129 OOO-28s built in 1934, about 85 or so featured the long 25 3/8″ string scale found on this guitar. This instrument was formerly the personal instrument of noted dealer and Martin historian, Fred Oster. The neck reset and refret were performed by Vintage Instruments of Philadelphia. More recently, Alan Perlman milled the frets and smoothed the fret ends. Though the dry environment of a previous owner caused small cracks in the fingerboard extension and bridge (now glued), the Adirondack spruce top is free of cracks except for a small repaired one under the fingerboard extension crack. The Brazilian rosewood sides are completely free of cracks. The lovely Brazilian rosewood back has a 3/4″ glued crack near the treble waist, another 2″ glued crack near the bass-side waist, and a 4″ glued crack between the backstrip and widest part of the bass-side lower bout. I believe that all of these back cracks are related to the very dry conditions experienced two owners ago. The clipped plate Grover G-98 tuners are in fine smooth working condition. The dark Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay shows off the completely intact gold “C.F. Martin” decal. The ivory nut aid crack-free. The Adirondack spruce top has fine even grain that is slightly wider at the center joint. The original ebony bridge is full height. The bridge pins are original, but the original endpin is missing. The rear of the neck, the sides, and the back all show minimal signs of playing wear and small dings. The top shows a wider dispersed assortment of surface dings and playing wear, with pick swipes on the bass side of the sound hole. There are also a few shallow case bites at the widest part of the bass-side lower bout. The voice of this guitar is magnificently colorful and complex, with excellent volume and dynamic range. It is a fingerstyle player’s dream instrument. With a period hardshell case. This is a very special OOO-28 from the transitional scale length year of 1934.
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