C. F. Martin D-28S Shade Top Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1975)

C. F. Martin  D-28S Shade Top Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1975)
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C. F. Martin D-28S Shade Top Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1975), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 353470, natural lacquer finish, rosewood back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original molded blue plastic hard shell case.

The fairly rare 12-fret Martin Dreadnoughts from the 1960's and '70s are often under appreciated guitars. With a big, booming sound and wide neck, these are generally known as great old-time or folk guitars but actually suitable for a wide range of styles. We find they are often tonally more muscular than their 14-fret brethren, especially in this 1970s period they tend to be much better instruments.

This very early 1975 model features some finely straight-grained spruce on the top and similarly straight and even Indian rosewood on the back and sides. The original "big box" Grover slimline tuners on the slotted headstock are still intact. The 5-ply bound top has a brown-to-amber sunburst shading that was a seldom-ordered option at the time.

Only 136 of this model were made in that year, compared with nearly 5,000 14-fret D-28's, so when we say "comparatively rare", it's not an exaggeration. Even fewer (read: a VERY few) would have been finished with this rarely-ordered "shade top" option. This is a great-playing and sounding guitar with a very powerful voice.
 
Overall length is 40 3/8 in. (102.6 cm.), 15 7/8 in. (40.3 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 7/8 in. (48 mm.).

This guitar is relatively clean overall, the only really notable wear to the original finish is an area of wood exposed and worn into on the lower soundhole rim and a few minor pickwear spots around the guard's edges. The rest of the finish shows just some small dings, dents and scrapes with some subtly worn away on the back of the neck.

The pickguard is a correct style replacement; most of the original black acetate guards from this era have shriveled up into an approximation of a potato chip by now! A strap button has been added to the treble side of the heel. The frets have some light wear in the lower positions but nothing that affects playability. There is an undersaddle pickup, battery box and endpin jack added, making this fairly unique Martin instantly gig ready. It is still housed in the original blue plastic HSC, one of the nicest 1970s Martin packages we have had. Overall Excellent - Condition.