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1971 Martin D-28 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1971 Martin D-28 dreadnought acoustic guitar, complete with the original molded hardshell case. Featuring solid East Indian rosewood back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top, this D-28 has a classic Martin dreadnought tonal profile. The instrument benefits from all the maintenance due an acoustic of this vintage, with a professional neck reset, carved bone nut and tall saddle, and a new pickguard.

Offering richness and depth, this D-28 projects easily with a dynamic, defined response that yields ample projection and muscle. Attributable to the body shape and tonewoods, the guitar has Martin's signature piano-like clarity and string-to-string balance. The bass register is full and round without being overly boomy, while the trebles are particularly sparkling, and the midrange is smooth and balanced. The guitar weighs 4lbs 13oz, 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 V-shaped profile carve, medium depth at the nut with more overall substance and heft further up the fretboard, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard boasts the original slender fretwire which retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the High E and B strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25.4" scale, and the neck is straight. The modern carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock face, the gold Martin logo is present on the rosewood veneer, and the original Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic chrome-plated tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly.

There is a professionally addressed W-shaped split across the volute that extends partially to the headstock face on the treble-side, and this likely took this guitar out of the running for much of the past 50 years, as additional cosmetic wear is quite sparse. Now cleanly repaired, the guitar is structurally sound and holds pitch as it should at full string tension.

The guitar benefits from a professional neck reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle, and the ebony bridge features a new carved and compensated bone saddle which has ample height. The pickguard is a modern replacement, sitting flush with the top on all edges and putting no undue tension on the spruce. The body is crack-free save for the requisite short "B string crack" between the bridge and pickguard edge which has been professionally repaired. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to moderate strum wear extending beyond the pickguard edge and on the bass-side of the soundhole, some small, scattered marks across the top, and just a few minor dings and finish scuffs on the rosewood back and rims. The neck retains its smooth gloss on the profile length.

The original molded gray Martin hardshell case is included.