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1977 Martin D-28 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Collector-Grade & Crack-Free w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1977 Martin D-28 dreadnought acoustic guitar in exceptional condition, complete with the original hardshell case. This crack-free Martin has been extremely well-kept over the last 45 years and features solid East Indian rosewood back and sides paired with a solid Sitka spruce top that has cured to perfection. The guitar projects easily with tons of volume and a snappy yet relaxed response afforded a top that’s been nicely worked in for a few decades. This D-28 has Martin's distinctive square shoulder dreadnought sound with great percussive cut and a bold, full-sounding character. The string-to-string response is very even, attributable to the body shape and tonewoods, and the guitar offers bold low end with good kick, not overshadowing the sparkling, sweet treble register and smooth midrange. The guitar weighs 4lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and fresh bronze 12-54 strings.

The mahogany neck has an extremely soft V-shaped profile carve, feeling more like a U given its appreciable depth and roundness, specifically in the higher registers, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret, graduating to .990" at the 9th. The guitar boasts a slab ebony fretboard which adds to the instrument's glassy note attack, and the guitar has been professionally refretted with flawless slender fretwire that matches vintage spec and guarantees decades of future effortless playability. With 14 frets clear of the body, this D-28 has Martin's traditional 25.4" scale length and the original 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 Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The guitar benefits from a fresh neck reset, and the ebony bridge boasts a tall drop-in carved bone saddle. The original rosewood bridge plate has also been retained, and the original black pickguard sits flush with the top on all edges without putting undue tension on the spruce. The body is crack-free and the guitar is exceedingly well-kept. The original nitro lacquer finish shows only a couple spots of isolated lacquer checking and a few minor marks on the treble side of the top, with light scuffing in the clear coat of the gloss on the lower bout of the back, and some additional minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck retains its smooth finish with just a few tiny marks on the profile length.

The original gray molded Martin hardshell case is included.