1998 Martin HD28VR Sitka and Indian Rosewood ID-6455
1998 Martin HD28VR Sitka and Indian Rosewood
Under the leadership of C.F. Martin IV, Martin and Co. has always built each of their guitars with extreme quality and beauty. All Martin guitars have always used top notch woods. These woods are expertly inspected and selected by the wood experts at Martin. Nothing else sounds like a Martin guitar, and many of the most famous small builders in the world use Martin's original designs as foundations for their instruments. This 1998 Martin HD28VR is in very good condition. It has sustained minor, surface only scratches the top, back and sides. We've done our best to capture these in the detailed photos below. It has no fretwear and includes the original Martin Hardshell Case.
During the 1980s, Martin made some custom order and short production-run reissues of the legendary pre-World War II model D-28. The pre-War D-28s are affectionately known as “herringbones” or just “bones”. This is due to the herringbone marquetry inlaid along the perimeter of the top.
The 1980s reissues proved to be popular enough that Martin introduced a pre-War reissue series in the 1990s. This Vintage series included the D-28 in 14-fret (HD-28VR) and 12-fret (HD-28VS) versions, the D-18VR, the D-18VS, the OM-28VR, the 000-28EC Eric Clapton signature model, and the D-45VR.
These guitars are not true reproductions of the orginals, however. The HD-28VR has some features not found on a pre-War D-28. These include a satin finish neck, smaller “modified” V-shape neck profile, adjustable truss rod, and Indian rosewood body. Regardless of the modernization, the HD-28 still has the classic Martin dreadnaught sound.
The Martin HD-28 uses what Martin calls "forward-shifted" bracing; that is, the X-brace under the top is shifted closer to the sound-hole than in a standard D-28. Forward shifted bracing usually has the effect of increasing bass response by opening up more of the lower bout of the soundboard.
This 1998 Martin HD-28 VR has had some modifications in 2003 by luthier Dan Lashbrook. These changes include the removal of popsicle stick and truss rod cover, installation of Waverly Tuners, fossilized walrus ivory bridge pins and higher frets. The higher frets have been dressed down to normal height.
The topwood on this guitar is Sitka Spruce, paired with Indian Rosewood back and sides. This is a classic combination that is highly versatile for many playing styles. Sitka can be played fingerstyle or with a flatpick and can excel at both. It is ideal for flatpickers who don't require the stiffness of Adirondack, offering more volume and responsiveness from a lighter touch. When combined with rosewood on the back and sides, Sitka is very lush and has a warm, rich low end.
- Serial: 634775
- Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25.4
- Year: 1998
- Bracing: Standard ''X'' Scalloped, Forward Shifted
- Inlays: Diamonds & Squares - Long Pattern
- Rosette: Style 28
- Neck Wood: Select Hardwood
- Fretboard: Solid Black Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: 16'' Radius/Bone - Drop-In Long Saddle
- Bridge: Solid Black Ebony, Vintage Belly w/ Drop-In Long Saddle
- Tuners: Waverly Tuners
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Body Binding: Ivoroid
- Fretboard Binding: Ebony
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Backstrip: HD Zig-Zag
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Martin Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Modified V-shape
- Body Depth: 4 7/8"
- Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
- Bridge and End Pins: White w/ Tortoise Colored Dots
- Fossilized walrus ivory bridge pins
- Removed popsicle stick and truss rod cover