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1936 Martin D-28

Price: Sold

IMG_1484 IMG_1485 IMG_1486 IMG_1487 IMG_1488 IMG_1489 IMG_1490 IMG_1491 IMG_1492 IMG_1493 IMG_1494 IMG_1495 IMG_1496 IMG_1497 IMG_1498 IMG_1499 IMG_1500 IMG_1501 IMG_1502 IMG_1503 IMG_1504 IMG_1505This consignment 1936 Martin D-28 (638XX) has a beautiful voice, complex and powerful at the same time. One of only 61 D-28s made in 1936, this example may be the one of the very cleanest and most original of those left in existence. The features are standard for the time and include: Adirondack spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Mahogany neck with Grover G-98 tuners and steel T-bar reinforcement, Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay with “C.F. Martin” decal, Original 1 3/4″ width ivory nut, Ebony fingerboard with diamonds and squares inlay, Grained ivoroid body binding and herringbone top purfling, Ebony bridge with 2 5/8″ string spacing, Original pin set with black dot, Original reddish turtle-lid pickguard, Advanced X brace position, Intact and clean original bridgeplate, Zipper backs trip.  There are no cracks anywhere on the guitar and the few small marks on the top are shallow dings and a few very slight pick swipes on the bass side of the low E string. The the top of the headstock overlay has a nick and the rear of the headstock shows some sliding dents from the buckle of the leather headstock strap that was also typically used instead of the cord type strap during the 1930s and 1940s. The repair list includes a neck reset and refret, and a new bridge made by one of the world’s finest vintage Martin guitar luthiers, Willi Henkes. There may have been a little hand cleaning of leather strap material with fine polishing compound on the rear of the headstock near the volute and on the headstock face plate. This guitar is in a remarkable state of preservation, yet it has developed a fine tone and a large voice through play. With the original black hard case and a recent Calton shipping case.


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