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A contemporary iteration of a prewar classic: a David Musselwhite D-28 from 2014 dressed up with Brazilian Rosewood and a shade top finish over Spruce. The dropdead gorgeous Brazilian came from the one and only Mike Longworth of Martin! Such a powerhouse, quick response and it mixes up great across the registers for both chords and leads. A full neck profile feels very solid in hand with a V shape throughout, and we’ve got the classic combo of Waverly tuners and Abalone diamonds and squares to dress up the neck. A tight herringbone trim pattern rings in the shade top, and pairs up perfectly with Ivoroid bindings and a zigzag center strip out back.
Other keywords: allen shadd, bluegrass, flatpicking, brazilain, 28 style, sunburst, tkl
|Spruce - Adirondack (Red) Torrefied, Rosewood - Brazilian
Bluegrass cannon, indeed! This Dreadnought from David Musselwhite’s bench has got enough firepower to level a city block, but has a precision voice capable of sniping a fly on the tuner of the banjo player next door. Musselwhite, a legend in the vintage Martin repair world, also builds an incredible guitar himself: this Dreadnought compares quite favorably against many of our old-school Martins.
And just look at this set of Brazilian Rosewood! We didn’t know it existed in such straight-grained varieties. Creamy Appalachian Spruce for the top with a forward bracing pattern gives the voice an expansive bass response, but the middle and upper registers do not suffer at all; rather, the entire voice is articulate and precise, making this Dreadnought an excellent candidate for the guitarist who plays fingerstyle as well as with flatpicks. This guitar is only three years old (fresh off the bench in 2013), with virtually no play wear, but it sounds like a much older, opened-up Martin D-28.
|Rosewood - Brazilian