Up for sale, a 1966 Martin D-28 dreadnought in exceptional condition, complete with the original Geib hardshell case. Featuring a particularly visually dynamic bookmatched Brazilian rosewood back and matching rims, an X-braced Sitka spruce top, original small maple bridge plate, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge, this Martin has all the essential ingredients to deliver impressive tonal breadth and nuance. This vintage Martin has also been professionally serviced to play and sound its best, boasting a professional neck reset, new carved saddle and nut, and a full refret with vintage spec fretwire.
Extremely expressive, powerful and rich-sounding in every register, this Martin is emblematic of its hallowed tonewoods. Offering Martin’s piano-like string-to-string clarity and overarching balance, this D-28 is more burly and warm in its response than many produced in the decade prior, with tons of projection and a round, sweet quality to the trebles that still yields plenty of sparkle and cut. The wound strings have ample boom and kick, and the low end holds together particularly well with vigorous strumming. The guitar weighs 4lbs 13oz, freshly restrung with 12-54 bronze strings and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has a soft V-shaped profile carve at the nut with more roundness and shoulder in the higher registers and rolled fretboard edges for added comfort, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 9th. The ebony fretboard has been professionally refretted with vintage-spec fretwire, and the current frets show no wear, playing cleanly up the straight neck. With 14 frets clear of the body, this D-28 has Martin's traditional 25.4" scale length, and the modern nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock face, the original gold Martin logo is present and notably clean on the Brazilian rosewood veneer. The guitar has also been fitted with a replacement set of nickel-plated Grover Rotomatic tuning machines that function smoothly and reliably.
On the body, the guitar is fitted with a replacement carved ebony bridge with the same footprint and shape as the original, along with a new saddle that has plenty of height. The original deep red tortoise pickguard is present, sitting flush with the top on all edges. There is broad lacquer checking on top, and one very slight and slender repaired split on top at the treble-side waist just beyond the pickguard. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings on top, predominantly on the lower bout, and a limited amount of chipping through the clear coat on the multi-ply top and back binding. The Brazilian rosewood back and sides are remarkably clean and crack-free, and the neck profile also retains its smooth gloss finish, free of palm wear.
The original Geib black tolex hardshell case with green plush interior is included.