Instrument Details

1931 Martin OM-28 Brazilian/Adirondack
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Martin
Product Year
1931
Model
OM-28
Serial #
46706
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
2632
Condition
Very Good. All original and crack-free top, neck and headstock. Original tuners, fingerboard, bridge and bar frets. Bridgeplate was replaced with proper one. Repaired tail crack at end pin about 4" each direction. When this was done the back and sides were oversprayed and back braces were reglued. Top finish is original. Small 1/8" piece of binding added due to normal shrinking at tail wedge. Setup is great with low action, bar frets are beautifully rounded and crowned. This is the best playing bar fret guitar we've ever felt.
Body Type(s)
Medium, OM/Concert
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
28 Style
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Diamonds & Squares
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuners
Grover Open Back
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
11 in
Lower Bout
15.25 in
Body Depth Heel
3 in
Body Depth Tail
4 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645.16 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.31 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.674 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Softshell Case - Brown Alligator
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Description

This is one of the all time great vintage Martins, a vintage, prewar 1931 Martin OM-28. 1 of 166 made that year and just 487 pre-war OM-28s ever made. Born over 80 years ago, this guitar has an incredible story. It was purchased by crew members of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga for their superior just before the bombing at Pearl Harbor. The Saratoga was moved just days before the bombing and this beautiful Martin survived to delight the seamen throughout their tour of duty.

This wonderful vintage OM-28 has stunning Brazilian back and sides, an Adirondack top, and the purest sweet old Martin sound you're going to find. Abolutely one of the best sounding guitars to ever grace our walls. This fine early example comes in a period correct case, and has superbly well dressed and crowned bar frets, that feel more like modern frets than the old-timers.

This vintage Martin OM-28 guitar is largely original, but like all these old timers has had some work done as described in the condition statement below. What you can't see is the amazing voice, so put on your headphones and be sure to listen to this treasure. Playing this fine pre-war vintage 1931 Martin OM-28 is such a pleasure, it is far more than a collectible. This is a guitar that will work its way into your heart and never leave!

I've had the pleasure to play many fine prewar Martins, but this is the best OM-28 I've played to date for two reasons. First, the tone is etheral, so sweet, strong and resonant. It weighs nothing and just vibrates in your arms. Second is it's playability. A superb setup was done with painstaking fret dressing. I guarantee you have never played bar frets that feel this good. Each fret was perfectly crowned and the ends rounded, so your finger slide over them as if they were modern frets. This is the vintage prewar Martin OM-28 we all dream of, now it can be reality. This is the time to buy vintage gems as they are devalued, but we all know they won't stay that way...
 
I always enjoy getting my hands on Vintage Martins like this one. There's just something special about the way an old guitar responds and tells its own story. The condition on this one is remarkable.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.31 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

This is one of the all time great vintage Martins, a vintage, prewar 1931 Martin OM-28. 1 of 166 made that year and just 487 pre-war OM-28s ever made.
 

I've had the pleasure to play many fine prewar Martins, but this is the best OM-28 I've played to date for two reasons. First, the tone is etheral, so sweet, strong and resonant.
 
I always enjoy getting my hands on Vintage Martins like this one. There's just something special about the way an old guitar responds and tells its own story.
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