1998 Martin Custom Shop HD 28 with Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood ID-7313
1998 Martin Custom Shop HD 28 with Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood
The relationship between musicians and their instruments has always been a unique bond. Many of C. F. Martin's most innovative and truly revolutionary designs have been the results of collaborations with musicians. This Martin custom shop HD-28 model is a recreation of Martin's legendary herringbone D-28 style guitars. It is considered by many Martins players to be one of the best sounding on Martin's line. This particular model is a Custom Shop guitar and pairs Adirondack Spruce top with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides.
Adirondack spruce, also known as Eastern Red Spruce, was the legendary topwood used on most pre-war American-made guitars. Properly sawn, Adirondack is much stiffer than Sitka and Engelmann spruce, both along and across the grain. This allows builders to make thinner, lighter tops, resulting in lightning-quick response with power to spare.
Brazilian Rosewood is an extremely rare tonewood with deep bass and brilliant trebles that was used on the famous vintage guitars 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.
As Brazilian Rosewood is in short supply and no one really knows how much will be available in the years to come, this is an instrument that is sure to climb in rarity and value.
The gorgeous appointments on this instrument include the diamond and square fretboard inlays, Style 28 rosette, HD Zig-Zag backstrip, Grained Ivoroid binding Toirtoise color pickguard and Herringbone purfle.
The herringbone purfle is a classy visual feature and we find it also adds to the tone and responsiveness of the instrument. By cutting into the outer edge of the soundboard and replacing with herringbone, you are making changes in how the top is isolated from the side of the guitar, how freely it moves and in what direction. In our experience the addition of the herringbone makes the guitar feel a bit more "opened up" right from the start.
This 1998 Martin Custom Shop HD 28 with Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood has a few light surface scratches and dents which we attempted to capture in the detailed photographs below. It has very minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.
- Serial: 647323
- Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
- Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25.4"
- Year: 1998
- Bracing: Standard ''X'' Scalloped
- Inlays: Diamond & Squares Short Pattern
- Rosette: Style 28
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Saddle Spacing: 2 1/8"
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ivoroid with Ebony Dots
- Tuners: Martin Chrome Open Gear w/ Large Buttons
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Backstrip: HD Zig-Zag
- Headstock Shape: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
- Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Martin Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Low Profile
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included