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C. F. Martin D-28 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1954)

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C. F. Martin D-28 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1954), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 141212, natural lacquer finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, brown hard shell case.

Here is a real delight in a fine old D-28 dating to the "golden era" of postwar Country music in the early 1950's, when few of the stars of the day would be seen without one! After WWII the D-28 was the best and most expensive Martin available, and despite competition from Gibson's Jumbo models was the absolute final word in a flat-top instrument. This guitar was built in late 1954 and has a powerful, ringing midrangey tone suitable both for wholly acoustic Bluegrass and acoustic/electric Honky Tonk styles of the 1950's. This guitar has been well-maintained but still carries a great period vibe.

This D-28 has the classic early-1950's appointments; multi-layer celluloid binding back and top, long-saddle bridge, "Big-dot"-inlaid ebony fingerboard, tortoise pattern Celluloid pickguard and "Waffleback" Kluson Sealfast tuners. It features beautiful Brazilian rosewood back and sides with a nice even straight grain pattern, as Martin preferred in the 1950's. The tight and very even-grained spruce top makes this is a fabulous guitar to look at; still, the real beauty comes in the playing. The D-28 is one of the most respected of all Martin models, and this is one of the sweetest '50's examples we have seen recently.

Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 5 in. (12.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This is a very clean and original guitar, a perfect player with a fresh neckset and very fine repro bridge. There is typical checking and some dings and dents but the top has little of the heavy strumwear typical of this model-many of these were working professional guitars and very heavily used. There are some small dings to the back but no large areas of belt buckle wear (this one was not in any Cowboy bands, apparently!) and the back of the neck also shows only a few small dings. The only real top wear through the finish is on the lower soundhole rim. This is also a remarkably crack-free guitar with only a tiny grain spot on the lower pickguard edge that looks to have never opened up. There's not even a hole for a second strap button! Just a super sweet '50's rosewood Dreadnought, ready to go! Excellent Condition.

$12,500.00 + shipping