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1941 Martin D-28

Among the most finely preserved Herringbone D-28s we’ve had the pleasure of having through the store, this 1941 Martin D-28 doesn’t look much more than 10 or 15 years old. It’s been a one-owner guitar since the early 1970’s, and has been judiciously cared for throughout its life. The original finish is in remarkable condition, and is without belt rash or pick wear, dings or scratches of any significance, and shows no worn areas on the back of the neck. The original frets show just the lightest wear, and the nut has never been removed or modified. It has just had its neck perfectly reset by Folkway’s Mark Stutman, and it plays beautifully.

With its rear-shifted scalloped braces and red spruce top, full-feeling neck carve and T-bar neck support, this 1941 D-28 is a powerful, articulate, balanced, and loud Dreadnought. Its mid-range power, bold trebles, and strong fundamental are the stuff of flatpicking legend. Among rear-shifted D-28s, this guitar would be very hard to beat.

Crack-free back and sides, two old repaired top cracks below the bridge, original full-height unmodified bridge, older reglue, original pins. Very minor pickguard crack, no brace repairs, original bridgeplate in perfect condition. Invisibly clean neck reset, new bridge saddle. We removed Grover Rotomatic tuners and replaced them with a set of 1941 Kluson tuners which match the originals Martin installed when the guitar was new. The headstock face was fitted with aged conversion bushings, and we made no attempt to hide the slight imprints in the finish left by the larger Grover washers. The tuners look excellent and work perfectly.

Ivoroid-bound Brazilian rosewood and Adirondack spruce body with scalloped bracing, ebony fingerboard and bridge, slotted diamond inlays. Herringbone purflings, zigzag back strip.

An exceptional guitar in every respect.

With original semi-hard case.

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