1968 Martin D 28 Sitka Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood ID-7152
1968 Martin D 28 Sitka Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood
The Style 28 Martin guitar has been the mainstream of the Martin guitar line since the late-1800s. Perhaps the most immediate impression conveyed by the standard D-28 in natural is it's simplicity. While Martin has produced some incredible pieces over the years, for the standard Martin D-28 they’ve chosen to largely leave it standard. It’s an unpretentious instrument build for quality and tone, not eye candy.
The D-28 has long been a favorite of artists from Hank Williams Sr. to Jimmy Page. Massive bass response balanced with articulate highs makes this a benchmark acoustic guitar. It is a must-have for every guitarist of all skill levels. This is where you start, or in some cases, this is where you end. This is the be all end all for guitars!
Since its creation in the early 1930s, the D-28 has been constructed using X style bracing. This offers great tone and a responsive soundboard. This style of bracing was developed by the C.F. Martin Company in the mid-19th century. It became a construction standard with the advent of steel guitar strings, which required stronger bracing than nylon or catgut strings. This bracing is often credited with helping to create the unique tone and sound of the D-28.
Its sound is impressive in both depth and breadth. Clear, poignant, defined, rich, yet able to shout down any whippersnappers with its authoritative voice. Notes are clear and precise anywhere on the neck, chords are simply massive, and your G runs will be heard from here to the heavens. Many make claims, yet few can deliver the goods of said battle axe. Friends, you are looking at it. This is the one you take to war, the one you grab 1st if the house is burning. Marriages have been wrecked for these, play one and you might understand the hushed, reverent tones associated with these and their brethren.
We have played numerous old Dreadnoughts, and age is not kind to some. This particular D- 28 has weathered the years marvelously! One strum of this instrument and you can instantly hear the sound all of our guitar heroes have made famous over the years. This guitar is nearly impossible to put down once you start playing it. Not only does the sound live up to the legendary mystique, it feels very comfortable in your hands as well.
We all know Brazilian Rosewood is an extremely rare tone-wood with deep bass and brilliant trebles that was used on the famous vintage guitars that we have all grown to love. An international trade embargo on Brazilian rosewood products guarantees that the relatively few sets remaining in this country will continue to spiral in price as the supply dwindles. Brazilian brings remarkable darkness, depth, and warmth; while exhibiting glorious overtones across the entire tonal spectrum.
This 1968 Martin D-28 is in good working and excellent sounding condition. There is some wear, scratches and dents. This is to be expected from a vintage instrument including a repaired crack on the treble side, the fretboard has been refreetted and the pickguard has been replaced. There are some areas of finish touch up and some finish wear on the back caused by contact with a vinyl strap.
Please review the additional wear. We have captured in the detailed photos below including scatches and dents on the top, back, sides, neck and peghead. The top has been refinished and the crazing is under the finish. Additionally, there is very minor fretwear and it includes a hardshell case.
- Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
- Serial: 238017
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Well Figured Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 5/8"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Year: 1968
- Bracing: Non Scalloped Bracing
- Inlays: Pearl Dots
- Rosette: Style 28
- Neck Wood: Select Hardwood
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Saddle Spacing: 2-1/8''
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Chrome Enclosed w/Large Buttons
- Purfling: B/W/B/W/B
- Body Binding: White Boltaron
- Pickguard: Black
- Backstrip: Style 28
- Headstock Shape: Solid/Diamond/Round Corner Taper
- Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Martin Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Low Profile
- Body Depth: 4 7/8"
- Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
- Body Length: 20"
- Total Length: 40 1/2"
- Case: Hardshell Case