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1938 Martin D-28, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Martin
Product Year
1938
Model
D-28
Serial #
71802
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP1138
Condition
Very good. Danny Bishop has gone over in exhaustive detail, and confirms the last owner had this guitar for 49 years. An oversized bridge has been replaced by a vintage Martin bridge from Bishop, bridge plate is original. Bishop reset the neck and installed new frets with period correct wire. Some evidence of possible overspray, but if so was performed a long time ago. Pick marks and play wear along the body, typical for this vintage. Original tuners function, pickguard is original with some cracking and shrinkage. Back and side crack fully stabilized. Finish crazing, binding cracked in places, two small pieces of top binding missing.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Soft
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
28 Style
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
28-Style
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuners
Grover
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11.5 in
Lower Bout
15.75 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
5 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.375 in
String Spacing (mm)
60 mm
Weight
4 lb. 10 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

A lovely piece of history that’s alive and well! We’ve landed a beautiful Martin D-28 that comes to us from all the way back in 1938. Brazilian Rosewood to make a builder cry today, Adirondack Spruce top that’s yellowed to perfection, and honest play wear to prove this D-28 hasn’t been wasting away the decades under the bed. Lightweight and agile, the neck is smooth to the touch like an old, Mahogany banister, and it plays as easily.
Luthier Danny Bishop has recently gone over this vintage gem and given it a clean bill of health after replacing an oversized bridge with a vintage Martin bridge of the proper, original dimensions that Danny has kept in his shop for over 30 years. Danny confirmed the bridgeplate is original to the guitar, and after resetting the neck he installed new frets with period correct wire and dialed the setup in.
The heelblock is stamped #71802, making it one of the last built in 1938, of only 121 for that year. From October 1938 to June 1939, these were made with a 1 3/4 inch nut and no popsicle brace, making this particular period quite desirable.
This is the real vintage deal for a ’38 D-28 that’s seen miles of action, and is ready for a whole lot more.




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What can we say, this is the holy grail. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. Big, open, very proud sound. This one has some miles on it, but has been lovingly attended to by Danny Bishop, and plays great with a lot of life left to live. If you've ever longed for one of these amazing 1930s Martins but couldn't swing the $100,000 price tag, this one might be for you.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.375 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

A lovely piece of history that’s alive and well! We’ve landed a beautiful Martin D-28 that comes to us from all the way back in 1938.
 

What can we say, this is the holy grail. I’ve never heard anything quite like it.
 
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