SN: 95486. Friends, here is a postwar 000-28 I purchased from a rock star luthier who used it as an example of an original, unmolested Martin gently influenced by the effects of aging. It’s a beautiful instrument. Straight grained Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with some figuring in the lower bout, bound in ivoroid with ivoroid heel cap and zigzag back strip. Fine grained Sitka spruce top with herringbone trim and ivoroid binding. Ebony belly bridge, ebony fretboard with big round position markers, swirly faux tortoise pickguard with slightly reddish tint. Original fleur-di-lis tuners in good working order and carved volute.
As you can imagine, it was well cared for. Appears to have had a neck reset and refret with new saddle and nut. The work is super clean and almost undetectable. Bridge is original though the string holes have been notched. Height of the saddle approximately equals the depth of the slot but the action is quite low. It plays very smoothly without buzzing up and down the neck. The setup is spot on.
It’s quite clean but no closet queen. There’s light playwear on the top around the pick guard, 2-3 scratches on the top and a couple on the back. The top is graced by a lovely light checking identical to that of the near-mint ’39 000-28 I had last summer. The insides are very clean and original. There’s a small amount of finish missing from the back of the neck in the first position, less than the size of a dime. Not a crack anywhere. A superb example overall.
I’ve enjoyed having it around to compare this Sitka-topped, taper-braced example with the earlier Adi/scalloped rigs. To be fair, the ’46 000-28 is better sounding than all other tapered braced instruments I’ve owned. The voice is somewhat brighter than the scalloped, and more intimate. But it’s full of character and not thin by any means. The neck is a slightly narrower version of the prewar modified V. The action is low and it’s a joy to play. Ships in a new Geib-style hardshell case.
Band & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Bridge & Fretboard: Ebony
Appointments: Herringbone trim, zigzag back strip, large dot position markers
Nut width: 1-11/16”
String spacing: 2-3/8”
Body width: 15-1/4”
Scale length: 24.9”
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All instruments are shipped on 48-hour approval. If there is damage as a result of the shipping, please contact us immediately and we will deal with the insurance company. If the instrument is damaged in transit from you to me, then you are responsible for dealing with the damage and insurance. For refunds, all instruments must be returned in the same condition as we shipped them in.