C. F. Martin D-28 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1959)

C. F. Martin  D-28 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1959)

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C. F. Martin D-28 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1959), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 170569, natural lacquer finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, molded plastic hard shell case.

This superb D-28 dates to the beginning of Martin's "Folk Era," when the arrival of the Kingston Trio introduced the company's flagship model to a much broader audience. This 1959 Brazilian rosewood Dreadnought was the best large-body flat-top available anywhere when new and remains a superlative instrument for both wholly acoustic folk or bluegrass as well as acoustic/electric and honky tonk styles.

The rosewood back has a particularly pronounced figure, somewhat unusual for a period D-28; up into this period, Martin generally preferred wood straighter grained for their flagship model. The headstock shows the rounded corners typical of this era, and the original Grover Rotomatic tuners with the "Pat. Pend. USA" stamp are still in place. This guitar really rings with a powerful sound that has plenty of depth but more top end than many period D-28s.
 
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 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 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This D-28 shows some general wear and typical maintenance but no major damage or extensive repairs. There is pickwear to the top around the soundhole and pickguard, some through the finish, but none of the large "strummed through" areas that many older Dreadnoughts show. There is one long tight grain crack behind the bridge, cleanly resealed with no overspray. The bridge itself appears to be a very accurate replacement, and the guitar has had a very cleanly done neckset and refret so it is ready to go. The only alteration is a strap button in the side of the heel -- at some point there was one on the back of the headstock as well, a sign of Hootenannies past! A really good-playing and sounding D-28; a very friendly guitar, and one of the nicer ones from this period we have seen. Includes a late-1960s blue molded Martin HSC. Excellent - Condition.