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1966 Martin D-28

With some of the most stunning Brazilian rosewood you’re likely to see on a D-28 this side of the border, this guitar is a sight for sore eyes. 1966 was the last year Martin used tortoiseshell celluloid for their pickguards, and it was also the last year their guitars were equipped with steel T-bar neck reinforcement. So, apart from a drop-in saddle bridge and Grover Rotomatic tuners, this guitar is spec’d quite similarly to a 50’s D-28. It’s got all the goods, but with a much more manageable price tag. Oh, and that wood!

In quite beautiful condition, this 1966 Martin D-28 is essentially crack-free and without much playwear to speak of. There’s a b-string pickguard crack that’s been glued, but nothing else to note. The bridge and plate are nicely made reproductions, and there is a tiny line of finish touchup in front of the bridge. Under the hood you’ll find a few brace sections that have been cleanly reglued.

The neck has been professionally set, the frets are freshly dressed, and the setup is excellent. The neck has a classic mid/late 60’s shape with a medium depth rounded U-V carve and a nut width of 1-11/16”.

A truly superb guitar, this D-28 has a woody and dry tone with plenty of warmth. Strong trebles, open mids, and deep bases make it a first-rate flatpicker.

With original Lifton hardshell case

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