This 1969 Martin D-28 limbos in just under the bar set for the standard of "vintage" ~ in 1970, Martin switched from Brazilian rosewood to Indian rosewood; and the D-28s produced after that time are not regarded in the same way as it relates to depth of tone. We'd agree. And while we're at it, we'd probably edge that bar down a little farther to 1964 ... after which Martin moved to their new factory, and changed many significant production techniques that contribute to the "pre-war" tonal footprint. So, D-28s made between 1965 and 1969 are transitional guitars: they've still got Brazilian rosewood backs & sides, but they'll be a bit heavier, with thicker tops and, the later into the 60's one gets, larger (rosewood) bridge plates. While this 1969 D-28 won't be mistaken for a 1930's herringbone, it's a great sounding example of a new-factory dreadnought, and just entered its 53rd year of existence. It's got the dry, woody, yet silky smooth tone no new guitar boasts. And hey, plenty of our favorite Beatles & Zeppelin records feature late 60's D-28s sounding just fine. For anyone but the diehard bluegrass purist, this is a wonderful "first" vintage Martin. Be careful, now.
The guitar is in excellent condition, just set up in our shop. It's been refretted, and a strap button has been installed on the bass side near the neck heel. The saddle is low, but playability and tone are excellent as-is. Priced with non-original hard case.
- Model: D-28
- Serial No. 243002
- Materials: Brazilian rosewood back & sides, Spruce top, Ebony fingerboard & bridge
- Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
- Neck Shape: Soft V
- Hardware: Original
- Measurements: 1 11/16" Nut width, 25.4" Scale, 2 1/8" String spacing
- Case: Non-original hardshell