2008 Martin Elvis Presley D-28 CVR with Custom Leather Cover #125 ID-5251
2008 Martin Elvis Presley D-28 CVR with Custom Leather Cover
The Martin Special Edition Elvis Presley D-28 Acoustic is fitted with a custom leather guitar cover with his name across the lower bout. The unique tooled leather cover, originally created by Charles Underwood, made Elvis' D-28 instantly recognizable. This cover was made by our close friends Long Hollow Leather, a family business located up the road from us in Franklin, TN. It is delivered in a special oversized vintage Geib style hardshell case to accommodate the guitar and cover.
Martin's Elvis guitar features a back and sides of East Indian rosewood and a top of Carpathian spruce. The combination of these fine tonewoods and 5/16" scalloped top bracing produce a responsive guitar with impressive volume, punch and sustain. The style 28 purfling around the top and back. The body is bound in grained ivoroid.
The Elvis motif of the dreadnought includes a silhouette of the King and his Martin modeled after a famous 1956 photograph — inlaid in the polished black ebony headplate utilizing mother-of-pearl and black pearl. Small pearl-bordered abalone star position markers and Elvis' signature are inlaid into the black ebony fingerboard. The black Micarta heelcap features his "TCB Lightning Bolt" logo — a design that originated with the "Taking Care Of Business" pendants Elvis gave to friends — inlaid in mother-of-pearl.
Classic 1950s-inspired Martin appointments include a 1-11/16" neck with diamond volute carved from genuine mahogany and satin finished, Grover deluxe nickel Kluson™ tuners with small oval metal buttons, the old style Martin decal logo on the headstock, black ebony fingerboard and belly bridge, genuine bone nut and saddle and a flawless polished gloss lacquer finish with vintage-appropriate light amber aging toner on the top.
The tone of this Martin is classic and falls right in line with what you expect a high end D-28 to sound like. It has a great thump to it, and the Carpathian Spruce top offers responsiveness not commonly found on Sitka or Adirondack D-28s. The tone is very warm and rich throughout the register. Higher notes have a lush round texture to them.
This Martin has been kept in pristine condition and is hard to distinguish from new. Hardshell case included.
- Model: D-28 Elvis Presley
- Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
- Body Size: D-14 Fret
- Top: Solid Carpathian Spruce
- Rosette: Style 28
- Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped
- Top Braces: Solid Solid Spruce 5/16''
- Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Back Purfling: Style 28
- Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
- Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
- Side Inlay: None
- Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Neck Material: Select Hardwood
- Neck Shape: Low Profile
- Nut Material: Bone
- Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
- Headplate: Solid Black Ebony /Elvis Presley Graphic Silhouette — White & Black Mother-Of-Pearl /Large Old Style
- Heelcap: Black Micarta With TCB Lightning Bolt Inlay In Mother Of Pearl
- Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
- Scale Length: 25.4''
- # Of Frets Clear: 14
- # Of Frets Total: 20
- Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
- Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
- Fingerboard Position Inlays: Stars — Select Abalone (Bordered In mother-of-pearl) at the 5th, 7th, 9th, 15th & 17th Frets
- Fingerboard Binding: None
- Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
- Finish Top: Polished Gloss With Aging Toner
- Finish Neck: Satin With Polished Headplate
- Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
- Bridge Style: Vintage Belly With Drop-In Long Saddle
- Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
- Saddle: 16'' Radius/Bone — Drop-In Long Saddle
- Tuning Machines: Grover Deluxe Nickel (Kluson Style)
- Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Medium Phosphor Bronze (Msp4200)
- Bridge & End Pins: White With Black Dots
- Pickguard: Black — Beveled & Polished
- Case: 545EXL Geib Style; Leather cover available in right-hand configuration only
- Interior Label: 2 Labels — 1 Elvis Label With Holographic Elvis Sticker, Numbered In Sequence, 1 Album Cover Label