C. F. Martin D-28 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966)

C. F. Martin  D-28 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1966)
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C. F. Martin D-28 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 216099, natural lacquer finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top; ebony fingerboard and bridge, original black hard shell case.

This is an overall super clean example of a late "guitar boom" period Martin D-28, increasingly hard to find in this sort of condition as the decades roll on. Many of the older '60's features are still intact, which would change moving towards the 1970's. The nicely-aged ambered spruce top has a tortoise shell celluloid pickguard and 6-layer celluloid binding around the edge, with the then-new short-saddle ebony bridge. The bridgeplate is still the older style small maple piece, in this case with a thin maple re-inforcement added over the pin holes. The beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides have the very straight even grain Martin preferred and the classic chain-link pattern back strip.

The unbound ebony fretboard has large mother of pearl dot markers graduating in size. The headstock shows the rounded-corners typical of this era (when Martin's shaping templates having become very worn from use) and carries original PAT. PEND. Grover Rotomatic tuners. Martin built 1827 D-28's in 1966, with output of the popular model virtually doubled from the year before. In the coming years this figure would go up exponentially! Although built in Martin's then-new larger factory this guitar retains the older handmade feel that would increasingly become obscured as the decade turned.
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, beautifully preserved, nicely original and easily the best condition mid-1960's Brazilian rosewood Dreadnought we have seen in a while. The finish has minimal checking and only the very lightest of wear with a few tiny dings, appearing very little played over 55 years. There is one small typical pickguard crack visible at the guard's top edge, neatly sealed with a small spruce patch underneath. The finish is original with no discernable touch up or overspray.

Internally the guitar is very clean, showing only that one patch on the underside while the original small maple bridgeplate has a thin maple patch added just over the pinholes. If the neck has ever been reset it is the neatest job possible. This is a very good playing and sounding example as well, with a nice even ring and plenty of power. It actually sounds like it would respond well to being seriously played for some time and open up even more. A cool and really beautiful mid '60s D-28, still waiting for its moment in the sun and ready to go in the original HSH. Excellent + Condition.