1937 Martin D-28


This consignment 1937 Martin D-28 (667xx) is an outstanding example in both condition and sound. One of only 148 D-28s made in 1937, this guitar represents what many have believed is Martin’s finest year for prewar dreadnoughts. As their recently developed 14 fret dreadnought models were refined and made with a more consistently powerful and colorful voice in all ranges, 1937 was the year that reliably hit the balance point of making these attributes function as a whole. The materials in this guitar, a high quality Adirondack spruce top that is consistent across its entire width and a quarter sawn brick-red Brazilian rosewood back and side set that is also consistent from edge to edge are strong indications of how Martin was choosing to make this largest size a newly prominent part of the lineup. The original 6:1 Grover G-98 tuners were replaced with a period correct 12:1 set from 1938. The original bridge has been replaced with a high quality professionally new bridge during the neck reset process. The bridge pins have been replaced with a solid ungrooved set. The endpin is original to this guitar. The one odd repair procedure performed on this guitar was the addition of 2 frets slots each, positioned just sharp of the conventional fret slot position, located at frets 3, 5, and 7. These extra fret slots have been filled with black epoxy and are no longer noticeable without pointing them out. The only cracks on the guitar are a series of small, short pickguard shrinkage cracks on the outside edge of the pickguard area. The original bridgeplate is in fine condition. Tonally, this guitar rewards with colorful and developed voice that will only be stronger once the neck reset and refret are performed. The case is a recent archtop TKL model.