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1953 Martin D-28

Serial # 134113. The Adirondack spruce topped D-28s built in 1953 are, by just about all accounts, the most desirable Martin guitars built in the post-war years. The magic of Adirondack Red spruce cannot be disputed, and these 1953 Dreadnoughts are consistently superior in tone to their Sitka counterparts. Sure, tone is subjective - we'll be the first to suggest it - but we suspect few would disagree after having played three chords on this '53. It's just that good. It's Thunderously good.

Huge headroom, expansive bass response, color and complexity, and lots of rumble; this D-28 is among the most powerful dreadnoughts we've ever played, and the consummate flatpicker. We'd put this one in the ring with a good Herringbone any day of the week.

A one owner guitar until recently, the guitar is in exceptionally fine condition. The first and only repairs to it were done by us in late 2009 when we reset the neck, reglued the bridge, repaired the pickguard crack, and repaired the bridgeplate's slightly enlarged pinholes. The guitar is 100% original, otherwise crack free, and shows only a minor assortment of dings and scratches. Original frets are in excellent condition, and the set-up is perfect. A close look at the photos provided should tell the guitar's story. It is surely among the finest '53 D-28s.

Quarter-sawn rosewood back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, ebony fingerboard and full-thickness bridge. Ivoroid bindings, original bridge and end pins, nut, and waffle-back tuners. Replacement mastodon saddle (original in the case pocket). 25.4" scale 50's profile compact soft V carve, 1-11/16" nut. Set up wit 5-7 64ths action and medium gauge strings.

With original hardshell case

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