1963 Martin D-28E ID-5860
1963 Martin D-28E
It is said that at times during the 50's and 60's, Martin had a 3 year backlog in instrument orders! Nothing else sounded like a Martin and nothing else would do. It was the prestigious guitar to own. This backlog would lead Martin to build their new factory in Nazareth in 1964. They continue to build there today. This Martin D-28E is a vintage instrument. As a result it has the dings and scratches you would expect from a 40+ year old instrument. The photos below show in detail, the mentioned areas. Non-Original Hardshell Case is Included.
Companies like Gibson and Fender began to expand their business in the late 50's with new concepts in amplified guitars. As a result, Martin's executives derided to create an electric line of their own. One that would stay true to what they knew best.
The introduction of three new guitars included the D-18E, D-28E, and OO-18E. Each model was not too different from their acoustic counter parts. The exception was that each guitar now had Pickups. All of these models were quite unique and very different from Martin's traditional concepts aesthetics.
This 1963 Martin D-28E is very similar to the standard D-28 of the time. Featuring the same woods as the D-28, this guitar features a Sitka Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck. It also has 2 single-coil DeArmond Pickups, transverse bracing and an ebony fingerboard. The addition of the DeArmond pickups made it Martin's most expensive instrument of the time. It is also quite highly priced in comparison to electric guitars by other makers.
Sitka Spruce isn't as stiff as Adirondack. It has a lower stiffness-to-weight ratio. A positive side-effect of this more flexible soundboard is that it doesn't take near as much strength to produce tone. A player with a lighter attack or even fingerstyle players will find Sitka Spruce much more suited to their playing style.
The Sitka Spruce top is complimented with a set of particularly straight grain old-growth Brazilian Rosewood! Brazilian Rosewood was, and is the most highly regarded wood for back and sides. It was primarily used on the early pre-war guitars that we all love. Brazilian is known for rich basses and crystal clear highs, as well as its gorgeous figuring. This particular guitar has a wonderful crisp, dry tone. Very reminiscent of a 50's D28. Lots of definition and clarity with this one!
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: 188481
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25.4"
- Year: 1963
- Bracing: Martin Transverse
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Tuners: Gold Grover
- Pickup(s): 2 DeArmond
- Pickup Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone knobs
- Case: Hardshell Case Included