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1970 Martin D-28 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1970 Martin D-28 dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent condition. This Martin has seen only very light, careful use over the past half century, benefitting from a fresh neck reset and upgraded hand-carved bone nut and saddle. Featuring solid East Indian rosewood back and sides with particularly dynamic bookmatched grain patterns paired and a solid Sitka spruce top that has been worked-in to perfection, this D-28 has a classic Martin dreadnought tonal profile. The guitar delivers a bold, authoritative tone with ample projection and plenty of boom and kick in the bass register. The wound strings stay clear and defined with a high volume ceiling, while the midrange is very balanced, and the trebles are clear and punchy. The guitar weighs 4lbs 15oz, freshly restrung with 12-54 bronze strings and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action.

The mahogany neck has a round, inviting profile carve, inferring a very soft V shape, yet with plenty of shoulder, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard retains the original slender fretwire which shows wear primarily on the treble side from frets 1-4, with grooves beneath the B and High E strings, and wear growing fainter beneath those strings until fret 10, with virtually no wear further up the board. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, and the neck is straight. With 14 frets clear of the body, this D-28 has Martin's traditional 25.4" scale length, and the upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock face, the original gold Martin logo is present on the rosewood veneer, and the original Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic chrome tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly with positively gleaming plating.

On the body, the ebony bridge is fitted with a tall carved and compensated bone saddle, ensuring optimal articulation and sustain. The original bridge plate is intact, and all braces are properly secured. There are a a few finish scratches and some pick scuffing across and beyond the edge of the original pickguard, most prominently on the treble side upper bout. The requisite small "B string crack" between the pickguard edge and bridge has been professionally addressed, and there is an equally short and very cleanly repaired crack on the treble side lower bout in the rosewood. Wear is otherwise limited to some minor scuffs and nicks in the nitro gloss on the back and sides. The smooth lacquer finish on the neck is free of palm wear with only a few small, shallow marks on the profile length, yet nothing distracting to the palm in the slightest.

A modern premium black tolex hardshell case with green crushed velvet interior is included.