Oh man! This is what vintage Martins are all about. This absolutely huge-sounding 1930 Martin 0-28 landed in the shop a couple of weeks ago from the collection of a long-time client. Yes, that's right -- a huge sounding 0 sized guitar. 1930 0-28s hold a special place in our collective hearts here at TME: it was another amazing 0-28 that once caused a visiting luthier's head to snap back when he plucked the low E string, pronouncing with glee, "No dreadnought can do this!" To be fair, dreadnoughts can do that ... but point taken. This is one of the fabled small-bodied guitars that will hang with ease at the adult table. Big, powerful bass, pronounced mids, and super-chunky trebles ~ all within the supremely balanced voice an 0 provides. The guitar is in excellent condition for an instrument that's about to turn 93 years old. The bridge is a well-made replacement, which has been recontoured by TJ Thompson; but all other structural components are original. There's plenty of play wear, but nothing unsightly (it's rather sightly, if you ask us -- the patina is beautiful on this one). The guitar has also been refretted by TJ with period correct-height bar fret stock; and it plays about as easily as a guitar can play, with low action and a thick, full response everywhere on the fingerboard.
This 0-28 would be a fabulous entry point into the world of 1930's Martins for a buyer who's been eager to jump into the pond. While no 1930's Martin is an inexpensive guitar, the 0 models present significant competition for the more coveted (by some) 00 and 000 models; and guitars like this one are proof positive that an 0 can be every bit as toneful and joyous as anything in the Martin lineup. Priced with contemporary Harptone had case.
Please note: international shipping is not available for this guitar. Payment is requested by check or wire transfer.
- Model: 0-28
- Serial No. 43905
- Materials: Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, Red Spruce top, Ebony fingerboard & bridge
- Finish: Original lacquer
- Neck Shape: Medium-fat, rounded
- Hardware: Older replica bridge recontoured by TJ Thompson, Refret by TJ Thompson, otherwise original
- Measurements: 1 7/8" Nut width, 24 7/8" Scale, 2 3/8" String spacing
- Case: Contemporary Harptone HSC