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❌SOLD❌ Martin D-28 Brazilian Rosewood Dreadnought, 1969


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Here we have another Martin D-28 Brazilian Rosewood Dreadnought steel string guitar dating to 1969. This was officially the last year that the Martin guitar company used Brazilian Rosewood, though it was found in smaller portions until about 1973 when their last supplies were exhausted.

The Dreadnought steel string, as found on guitars like the C F Martin D-28 Brazilian and the rest of their ‘D’ line, has been one of the most successful guitar designs. Used by countless guitarists and on many recordings, the Dreadnought brought banjo-matching volume. Appearing in 1931, the Martin D28 had a 12-fret neck until 1934. This shift was prompted by banjo players migrating to guitar and wanting the extra frets that their banjos had!

Here we have a C F Martin D-28 Brazilian Rosewood guitar, built in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in 1969. 1969 was officially the last year that Martin used Brazilian Rosewood for their Rosewood models, and in 1970 Indian Rosewood was in use. A few guitars were built with the dwindling stocks of Brazilian, eventually coming down to Brazilian being used for the center panel on the three-piece D-35 back. Brazilian Rosewood is used for the sides, back, and head plate. The top is Sitka Spruce, as has been the case since the early 1940s. The neck, back braces and body blocks are Mahogany, with Ebony used for the bridge and fingerboard.

This Martin D-28 Brazilian Rosewood model dates to 1969, with its serial number indicating construction around May or June. It is in good overall condition, and has recently been serviced at The Twelfth Fret Repair Shop. A lifting pickguard, some binding separation at the waist, and a top and back crack were repaired. Long ago, this guitar had a neck reset that involved cutting through the body-joint fret slot. Over time, a new reset was required and this has also been done and the guitar set up. This guitar now plays quite well and is ready to go for many more years.

A non-original hard shell case is included.


Price: $6,700.00 CAD
  • Model: D-28
  • Year: 1969
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 247185
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 26/02/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.75lbs 2.16kg
  • Scale Length: 25.4in 645.2mm
  • Nut Width: 1.653in 42mm
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