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1969 Martin D-28 - Acoustic Guitar

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1969 was a very good year to be a Martin D-28--this newly restored Dreadnought has miles and miles of sweet tunes behind it, and many miles yet before it. All the superlatives which made Martin guitars legendary--their thunderous projection, warmth, clarity, and depth--are out in full force once you tune this D-28 up to pitch.

Flatpickers! You have no idea how clean and energetic a tone you can get from the Sitka Spruce top on this guitar, almost without trying. If you're interested in a beautiful piece of guitar history that's optimized for flatpicking Bluegrass, Blues, and anything in between, we'd recommend taking this Martin for a spin. Brazilian Rosewood was becoming increasingly scarce by 1969, so we were happily surprised to find such an excellent set for the back and sides on this Dread. Do yourself a favor and come play this D-28 before it goes!

1969 was a very good year to be a Martin D-28--this newly restored Dreadnought has miles and miles of sweet tunes behind it, and many miles yet before it. All the superlatives which made Martin ...read full description

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Rosette: Ivoroid
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard Bindings: None
  • Headplate: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: Builder Logo
  • Top Trim: Black/White/Black
  • Back Strip: Marquetry
  • Fret Markers: Dots
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Tuner Finish: Nickel
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Dreadnought
  • Scale: 25.4 in. (645.2 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16 in. (42.9 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 1/8 in. (54.1 mm)
  • Body Length: 20 in.
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/2 in.
  • Lower Bout: 15 5/8 in.
  • Serial #: 243764
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 4 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 7/8 in.
  • Frets to body: 14
    Extras
  • Cutaway: None
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Case: Hard - Guardian
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: Very Good. Neck reset, refret, new nut and saddle by our very own repair staff. Typical playwear across top with some deterioration of the soundhole treble edge, several dings and scratches, three cleated and stabilized top cracks, five cleated and stabilized back/side cracks.
Artists who play instruments by this builder: Eric Clapton, Norman Blake, John Mayer, Clarence White, Richie Sambora, Steve Earle, Beck, Roger McGuinn, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Paul Simon, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, George Jones
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1969 Martin D-28 -  Acoustic Guitar Player Reviews

Player Reviews:

"What a powerful piece of history. I had a blast playing through some Blues in Drop D, where the bass strings could really roll some juicy notes. We've made sure this baby's ready to go for another 50 years of music! This D-28 has some definite play wear, but we've painstakingly gone over it with a new fingerboard, frets, bridge, nut, and saddle, so she plays as smoothly as a new guitar, but with some serious mojo under the hood." - Paul Heumiller

"This guitar plays and sounds great and would be the perfect player guitar for any flatpicker. It sounds great fingerpicked too." - Al Petteway