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1994 Martin MC-28 Acoustic Guitar Oval Soundhole Spruce & Rosewood w/ Case, Fishman Pickup


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Up for sale, a 1994 Martin MC-28 acoustic electric guitar in excellent condition, complete with a hardshell case. With an oval soundhole, soft Venetian cutaway and scalloped X bracing, the MC-28 was crafted is small numbers over a fairly short production run with a solid spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The M size body (essentially a 0000) measures a full 16" across the lower bout, and the MC-28 has a slightly more shallow body depth of 4" as well, while still boasting Martin's longer 25.4" scale length to ensure ideal tension on the top and exquisite projection in-line with your favorite Dreadnought or OM.

While the spruce/rosewood tonewood pairing and scalloped X bracing provide a traditional sonic foundation, the MC-28 is a particularly brilliant sounding instrument with a voicing that lends itself to fingerpicking. There’s a distinctive treble articulation, shimmer, and midrange projection that ensures this Martin can fill a room with a single strum, and its overarching character has a brightness beyond other Martins of this size. The string-to-string clarity is excellent, and the MC-28 has enough punch to match an OM or Dreadnought pound for pound. The bass register is also focused and clear, with a high volume ceiling when you dig in hard with a flatpick. Weighing 4lbs 7oz, we've had this Martin dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and low action.

The mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder, and the finish on the neck profile has been brought down from a high gloss to a smooth satin with just a sealer coat on the mahogany, protecting the wood and offering a very elegant playing experience. The profile measures .800" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 9th. The ebony fretboard has been professionally refretted, and the new frets have plenty of meat, with moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, and fainter wear on the crowns until fret 9. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock is fitted with mini Martin-branded and Schaller-made chrome tuning machines.

The neck has been recently reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle. The ebony bridge is fitted with a new carved and compensated bone saddle with plenty of height, ensuring clear, articulate tone and optimal intonation. The guitar has been fitted with a Fishman AC-125 undersaddle pickup along with a 1/4" endpin jack. Cosmetic wear on the high gloss lacquer body finish is limited to a small spot of strum wear on the inside edge of the soundhole, and just a few faint finish scuffs and marks on the body as a whole. There are a few broad, arching lines of lacquer checking in the nitro gloss on the lower bout on top and towards the oval soundhole as well. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is very clean save for a few shallow nicks central to the carve behind frets 1-2.

A black tolex TKL hardshell case is included.