1940 Martin D-28



This late 1940 Martin D-28 (76035) was owned and played by only one man. Since that time, it was kept stored in the family home in the midwest for about 25-30 years. Martin only made 134 D-28s in all of 1940. The quarter sawn Brazilian rosewood back and sides have a bright and complex tap tone. The medium grain Adirondack Spruce top has a complex and musical tap tone. The metal surfaces of the Grover G-111 tuners and the lacquer surfaces are bright and clean. There is some pick wear and other scant evidence of light handling use. The repair list is quite short, with a neck reset and refret, and gluing with hide glue of some hairline cracks in the top from long-term storage in the family home. The added strap button on the bass side adjacent to the neck heel has had a small mahogany block added underneath for a secure anchor. The tone is very complex and musical in all ranges. This guitar has a clarity in the treble ranges that reminds me of many 1941 examples that I have played. This instrument is quite responsive and has a strong voice in a group. With contemporary hardshell case.