C. F. Martin D-28 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1965)

C. F. Martin  D-28 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1965)
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C. F. Martin D-28 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1965), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 204920, natural lacquer finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top; ebony fingerboard and bridge, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a very fine example of a mid-1960s C.F. Martin D-28 Dreadnought, one of the most iconic of all flat-top guitars. This D-28 was built in the period when the Martin company had recently experienced years of tremendous growth due to the popularity of Martin flat-top guitars during the contemporary folk revival. The company responded by ramping up production as much as possible, including moving into a huge new factory in 1964. Still only 928 D-28s were shipped in 1965; the next year the figure doubled. Even in their new production facility, Martins remained essentially hand-built instruments by modern standards, at the time indisputably the finest flat-tops available.

This guitar shows typical period features including a nicely ambered natural lacquer finished spruce top with 6-ply celluloid binding, a short-saddle ebony bridge, tortoise celluloid pickguard, and multi-ply sound hole rings. The back center seam is decorated with a wide chain-link pattern back strip. The mahogany neck has an ebony fretboard with mother of pearl dot markers graduating in size. The rounded-corner headstock (typical of this era, when Martin's templates were heavily worn) carries original PAT. PEND. Grover Rotomatic tuning machines.

The Brazilian rosewood back and sides show a lovely grained figure, most visibly on the back about halfway between the edge and center seam. The sides have a dramatic dark grain stripe figure running all the way around the guitar. Brazilian rosewood is currently virtually unavailable for commercial use; and figured wood like this especially prized, adding to the desirability of Martins constructed with it. This is a fine-sounding and playing period D-28, an excellent example of this always highly sought-after guitar.
 
Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.).

This is a VERY clean guitar overall; one of the nicer 1960s Dreadnoughts we have seen in a while. The finish has some typical checking and light wear but the instrument has been very well-cared for, showing none of the common pick and/or belt buckle wear commonly found on period instruments. There is a small typical repaired spruce grain crack off the top edge of the pickguard, as is so often the case with these older Martins. There is one deeper dent into the finish on the back of the neck in the 9-10th fret area.

Internally it is very clean, the original small maple bridgeplate completely intact. The guitar has been refretted and the neck very cleanly reset, making for a very fine-playing guitar. This is a particularly good-sounding example as well, not as dark as some with a more even ring than many period Dreadnoughts. A gem of a '60s D-28, ready to go in its original green plush-lined HSC. Overall Excellent Condition.