Martin (used, 1969) Brazilian D-28S

Tag No 58-9092 Used

#248883, 12-fret slothead, in very good condition, with a worn black exterior hard shell case (possibly by Harptone) that has a red interior and is missing the central latch.

There are few dreadnought guitars that sound better (stronger, longer sustaining and with more acoustic density) than the long-body, twelve-fret slothead Brazilian rosewood dreadnought wide-necks made from 1954 until 1969.  Its nut width is 1 13/16th” yet it is comfortable to play, and the string spacing at the bridge is 2 5/16th”   Although it’s a 12-fret the scale length is long at 25.4”. In its first nine years Martin made these in ones and twos with a startling 4 made in ’62.  In all, its fourteen year run yielded just 396 examples.  The one word that describes this model most succinctly is “stately.” Another is “powerful.”  The oversized body measures 11 ½ across the upper bout and 10 ¾” at the waist.  The lower bout is 15 9/16” and the bottom side is 4 7/8” deep. The Brazilian rosewood chosen for this guitar in this time period is straight-grained and radiantly beautiful – a festival of black spidery lines against a background of mocha.   This is idealized wood, ladies and gentlemen, the type of wood which, if it were even available today, would cost you (on a new Martin guitar) the price of a well-equipped 2011 Land Rover.   Its Sitka top is close-grained and parallel; and believe it or not, in this version the X-brace crosses close to the soundhole.  The rounded corner headplate is likewise Dalbergia Nigra and bears the small “C F Martin & Co., Est. 1833” black bordered gold logo.  The peghead slots are rounded on top and bottom sides, and the tuners are stamped “Grover USA with 5 vertical art deco lines running up their cover plates.   The fifth-string tuner is the same model Grover as the rest but its cover is oxidized in a slightly different way and the shell is slightly lifted from the underlying skeleton -- suggesting it may have been replaced.  The jet black 22 fret ebony fingerboard hosts 8 mother of pearl dotmarkers in a sequence of decreasing size diameter.   The standard 4” soundhole is tri-purfling encircled and there are 4 chips of wood from out of the treble side of said soundhole due to carefree plectral flailing.  (Clarence White’s 1935 D-28 may have looked like this before an overzealous repairperson made the soundhole larger.)   

This guitar has just come back from our own in-house workshop, where it had long neglected work performed, including a neck reset/refret.   We should point out that it shows playing wear and signs of use.  It has at least 5 top cracks, 4 of which have been glued and one, at the center seam below the bridge, has just been humidified and glued by our repair staff.   When first seen there was a separation running through the wood mosaic backstripe, continuous through the strip but more evident on its bottom section.  Our shop strengthened this backstripe with hot hide glue.  The instrument shows chips on and around the headstock and a somewhat more impressive one out of the back of the headstock at the fifth string.  Below the 4th fret the back of the neck there is normal hand wear through the finish and there is finish checking overall.  The black plastic pickguard was, when we received this, lifting and our workshop has replaced same.  Having performed our neck reset/refret the playing action is now perfect, there isheight on the bone bridge saddle and the instrument plays with briskness and eagerness.    When we first received the guitar there was an approximately 7” crack running vertically through the ebony center in the lowest portion of the fingerboard – our refret and planing has minimized its appearance. This guitar could use a newer hard shell case – something that befits its elevated position as a collectible.  We will see if, when you purchase it, we might be able to provide it a Tolex covered carapace with character, dignity and prestige.   

Some extremely fortunate human being will, any day now, email or phone us and say "I'd like to try out this Martin 1969 D-28S 12-fret slothead in my home for a three-day trial period."  Who ever that lucky soul is, he or she, upon delivery and acceptance of this legendary morsel of mellifluous magnitude will no doubt be hefted to the shoulders of their finest (and strongest) friends and carried about the room while the group showers them with heartfelt huzzahs! 

Our Discount Price is $6,547.00 and Our Cash Discount Price is $6,350.00.

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