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C F Martin D28V Brazilian Rosewood, 1984

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Built as a limited edition from 1983 to 1985, the C F Martin D28V with Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce recreates the vintage models that helped make the D-28 an instant classic.

Here we’re looking at a beautiful C F Martin D28V, signed by both C F Martin II and C F Martin III, built during the early part of 1984 at the Martin plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It pairs a Sitka Spruce top with Brazilian Rosewood for the sides, back, and headplate, with Mahogany for the neck, body blocks, linings and back braces. The top has Herringbone purfling, and the back has a center ‘Zipper’ strip.

The unbound fingerboard is Ebony, as is the bridge. The neck has a vintage ‘V’ profile, and a fixed metal stiffener channel – Martin did not start installing adjustable truss rods until 1985, as this series ended. The fingerboard has small ‘snowflake’ inlays for position markers, and the bridge pins have Abalone inserts. The faux-tortoise pickguard is glued directly to the top in Martin’s historic manner – now the pickguards are glued to the finish.

This is a very nice guitar, and has has recently been set up by The Twelfth Fret Repair Shop. Wear is minor, though there is some natural lacquer checking. The Spruce top has a few hairlines suggesting that at one time the guitar might have been under-humidified, but not to the point of cracking. There is a small dent in the top on the bass side close to the tail block. Fret wear is light to moderate.

This C F Martin D28V has been played, and it sounds like it. It has a well developed, warm full rich voice with plenty of projection. It’s very comfortable to play, and looks great. The Brazilian shows its characteristic grain patterns, but is not wildly figured.

The original Martin branded  hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $6995 CAD
  • Model: D-28V
  • Year: 1984
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 448047
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 11/07/2019

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.66lbs 2.12kg
  • Scale Length: 647.7mm 25.5in
  • Nut Width: 43mm 1.69in
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