Vintage Instruments: Martin Guitars

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2005 Martin D-28 Marquis

Martin’s now-discontinued D-28 Marquis was the company’s most popular vintage-series Dreadnought throughout its production run. Combining a scalloped-braced Adirondack spruce top, Martin’s ‘Golden Era’ series specifications, and back and sides of Indian rosewood, the D-28 packed a whole lot of punch at a price that was a fraction of the D-28GE’s.

This is a really clean 14 year old example, free of cracks or repairs and fairly light on playwear. It’s been upgraded with a modern Martin Delmar pickguard and an LR Baggs Ibeam Active pickup, and features factory-original Mammoth ivory nut and saddle. There are a few small dings on the guitar, but the overall effect is that of a nearly-perfect instrument.

Sunburst lacquer finish over red spruce, forward-shifted scalloped bracing, small maple bridge plate, herringbone purflings and zigzag backstrip, 1930’s style ebony bridge with glued-in through-cut saddle, ivoroid bindings, and Indian rosewood back and sides.

Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, diamond and squares inlays, vintage-style headstock logo and open geared Martin-branded tuners, C.F. Martin & Co. stamp on the headstock’s back side, and long volute. Modified V carve with 1-3/4” nut width, vintage taper with string spreading to 2-5/16” at the bridge. Action set at a low 4-6 64ths with medium strings.

With original hardshell case

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