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1957 Martin D-28

Serial # 155336. An excellent sounding, crack-free, and player-priced 1950's Martin D-28. The guitar looks great -- its finish has a beautifully worn patina which speaks to years of hard service. Very open, responsive, and loud, this is a Dreadnought that would make most any flatpicker quite pleased.

The guitar's body shows areas of light overspray, and we suspect the top and possibly the back and sides were refinished a very long time ago, but it's hard to say for certain -- even for us. The neck has a repaired headstock break and has been obviously refinished. Original headstock logo preserved under the headstock's overspray. The bridge and pickguard are replacements, and the guitar's top braces have been scalloped. Original bridgeplate is intact, pin-holes have been rebuilt with glue and maple dust. No internal brace repairs and, amazingly, there are no cracks on the guitar but for a short tight side crack.

The guitar has gorgeous Brazilian rosewood back and sides, sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard and bridge, mahogany neck, original waffle-back Kluson tuners, and bone nut and saddle. Newer frets have been dressed and play well, and the guitar is set up nicely. Action of 5-7 64ths with little relief and Martin medium gauge strings.

With slightly later hardshell case

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