Up for sale, a 1942 Martin 000-28 in excellent condition, professionally restored and optimally playable. A genuine Wartime Herringbone Martin and a reference point for all steel string guitars produced in the nearly 80 years since it was crafted, this Martin brings together the best tone woods, bracing, and construction techniques ever offered on an acoustic guitar. Solid, straight grained old growth Brazilian rosewood back and sides and an Adirondack spruce top fitted with original, heavily scalloped braces and the original maple bridge plate yield waves of perfect, rich Martin tone with the softest strum. Martin's scalloping of X braces and tone bars was most pronounced from 1938-42, and the painstaking shaping of the Sitka braces can be seen, and more importantly heard, here and are a perfect compliment to the Adirondack top.
The Auditorium body size achieves a rich and full bodied sound, with a crisp and refined tone that has both both ample warmth and nuanced projection. The guitar has a broad, singing voice which is complex and balanced, with generous low end push and single string definition. Professionally setup and strung with 12-53 strings, this Martin boasts ideal action and playability.
All necessary work on this Martin has been performed to an extremely high standard, and the guitar has been professionally refinished, with quite a bit of natural lacquer checking on the nitro lacquer in the years since the finish work was performed. Necessary restoration includes a new carved bone nut and saddle, non-oversized ebony bridge, neck reset, and refret with .45x.95 fretwire.
The mahogany neck has a smooth and fairly slender soft V profile shape with sparingly little wear on the profile which measures .800" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 9th, where the profile begins to gently taper towards the neck heel. On the original ebony fretboard, the original snowflake inlay is intact, and the new fretwire shows zero wear. The scale length measures 24.9", and the nut is a new hand-carved piece of bone measuring a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original open-gear tuning machines are intact and have been fitted with new white buttons.
The new properly-sized ebony Martin bridge is fitted with a compensated bone saddle for optimal intonation, and the saddle has ample height. The bridge pins are modern era Martin replacements. The pickguard has been replaced with a handmade Greven guard that has the correct dimension and transparency. The bridge plate is original and shows typical wear where the ball ends of the strings rest. There is some cleating on the treble side waist just under the outside edge of the guard, and the top is in excellent shape with minimal belly and no internal or external indication of top cracks, signifying an unusually stable and well looked after piece of Adirondack.
A few pieces of Brazilian rosewood have been inlaid on the back on the lower bout treble side edge adjacent to the binding. Inlaid pieces measure between 1/2" and 1”. A longer 2” section has been inlaid closer to the back strip. There is a significant amount of cleating in this area to reinforce this repair, and the back is perfectly flat. On the top, a 1/8x2” piece of spruce has been inlaid just behind the bridge on the treble side, likely to replace a splintered section that pulled up when the original bridge lifted. There is some minimal wood loss around the soundhole on the bass side as well from normal strumming.
The utmost care has been taken to ensure that this Wartime Martin will continue to be a viable performer and investment-grade piece of Martin history for decades to come, and the tonal response of the instrument is everything the price tag and reverence for this golden era of Martin production would suggest.
A modern hardshell case is included.
A note on shipping: Shipping in the continental USA will be $275, fully insured and shipped overnight via FedEx. We will happily ship WORLDWIDE, but please contact us for an accurate expedited international shipping quote before bidding or buying, as cost varies by buyer location.