Up for sale, a 1973 Martin D-28 dreadnought in exceptional condition, 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, full refret, and a carved bone saddle.
Offering richness and depth, this D-28 projects easily with tons of volume and plenty of boom and kick in the bass register, The instrument has the dynamic yet relaxed response afforded a top that’s been nicely worked in for a few decades. The string-to-string response is very even, attributable to the body shape and tonewoods, and the guitar offers bold low end not overshadowing the sparkling, round treble register and smooth midrange. 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 .830" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard has lightly rolled edges, refretted with flawless Jescar EVO gold slender fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25.4" scale, and the neck is straight with some modest downward ramping of the fretboard extension beyond fret 14. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock face, the gold Martin logo is present on the rosewood veneer, and the original Grover Rotomatic chrome tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly.
The guitar benefits from a professional neck reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle, and the ebony bridge features a carved and compensated bone saddle which has ample height. The rosewood bridge plate has been replaced with a small maple plate, bringing this Martin further in-line with the more highly regarded and tonally impactful bridge plate design of previous decades.
The pickguard is a modern replacement, sitting flush with the top on all edges and putting no undue tension on the spruce. The guitar was at one time fitted with an L.R. Baggs pickup, and the 1/4" endpin jack and harness for the pickup is retained (no pickup is currently fitted). There is modest strum wear above the soundhole and beyond the treble-side pickguard edge, a small spot of light buckle wear central to the back, and some minor marks and light lacquer checking across the top. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a sliver of finish loss on the bass-side lower bout body edge on top, and the neck profile retains its smooth gloss, free of palm wear. A strap button has also been added to the neck heel.
The original molded black Martin hardshell case is included.