This consignment Martin D-28 (78220) is an especially fine one-owner example and remains in very fine clean condition. One of only 183 D-28s made by Martin in 1941, this guitar has the rich complex tone and great penetrating volume that I have come to expect from the Martin dreadnoughts made in this year. The series of prewar feature D-28s made with modernized narrower neck widths, steel T-bar neck reinforcements, and usually Grover tuners, lasted from only Mid-1939 through early 1942, about 400 instruments in all. An interesting feature of this guitar is the use of the rare and beautiful Grover G-111 covered back tuners and they remain clean and in fine working order. The brick-red Brazilian rosewood back and sides are quarter sawn with very even and consistent grain pattern. The feel of this guitar is solid and sure, with a very comfortable neck profile.
This guitar survives nearly completely intact as it was made, with only a previous neck reset and refret, a probable loose bridge reglue, a probable bridge saddle replacement, and a possible endpin replacement. The only crack repairs are two nearly matching pattern hairline dryness cracks near the centerline below the bridge from dry storage. The Harptone case with plush lining has done its job well, but has suffered some wear on the back bottom edge in the neck area.
This D-28 plays as it is, but would require a neck reset and refret for easy playing modern styles. The new owner may have their own favorite luthier for a personal choice in this procedure. The independent west coast guitar luthiers that I can endorse are David Eichelbaum of Ojai, California, Alan Perlman of San Francisco, California, and Dennis Berck of Eugene, Oregon. I am also familiar with the handful of other finest vintage Martin Guitar luthiers in the United States and will be happy to help you to decide on the appropriate resource for you.
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