Up for sale, a 1951 Martin D-28 in perfect working order, professionally serviced and complete with the original hardshell case. Featuring an X-braced Sitka spruce top, solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides, original maple bridge plate, and a mahogany neck capped by an ebony fretboard, this Martin has all the essential ingredients to deliver impressive tonal breadth and nuance, benefitting from decades of play for a decidedly sweet, open sound. Essential maintenance includes a professional neck reset, new carved saddle and nut, and a full refret with vintage-spec fretwire.
The classic tonewood combination yields an expressive, powerful, and rich tone in every register, with Martin’s signature piano-like clarity and string-to-string balance. It’s immediate and full with even a light touch; the trebles are sweet and sparkling, and the wound strings have ample boom and kick for a taut, big-yet-snappy low end with a high volume ceiling. This Martin weighs 4lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 12-54 bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has a substantial soft V-shaped profile carve at the nut, effortlessly playable with modest shoulders and gentle increase in additional heft in the upper registers, measuring .880” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 9th. The ebony fretboard has rolled edges, professionally refretted with pristine vintage-spec slender fretwire. With 14 frets clear of the body, this D-28 plays cleanly up the 25.4” scale with a straight neck. The replacement hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock face has a Brazilian rosewood veneer and original clean Martin logo. The nickel Kluson Deluxe "waffle back" tuning machines have clean plating and original flat head screws, turning smoothly and holding pitch as they should.
On the body, the replacement carved ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the carved bone saddle has plenty of height for future adjustment. The neck has been recently professionally reset at the optimal angle, and action sits at 7/64” on the bass side and 5/64” on the treble side, measured at the 12th fret. The original dark red tortoise pickguard is present, reseated in the guitar’s lifetime so as not to put undue tension on the top. The serial and model stamps are visible through the soundhole on the neck block.
On the solid bookmatched Brazilian rosewood back and sides, there are a few professionally repaired splits on the bass-side rim, glued flush with the surrounding rosewood and not requiring cleating. The gloss nitro lacquer finish is all original with no touch-up or overspray, exhibiting prominent wear across the strum path, buckle rash across the back, and various nicks and scuffs consistent with decades of use. There is an area of finish wear to the bare rosewood on the treble-side upper bout rim, and additional wear through the gloss where the forearm crosses the top.The headstock and heel retain their nitro gloss, with palm wear down to the smooth, bare mahogany along the profile for a worn-in, satin-esque feel.
The original hardshell case is included; a number of stickers have been affixed to the case, the original handle is intact, and all but one of the latches are functional.