Description

SN 152776: The first guitar made in 1957 happened to be a D-28 and a sunburst. And it happened to be this one. Possibly a special order, Martin sunbursts in the 1950’s are few and far between. It’s important to note that in the 50s Martin was still making guitars largely by hand in its old North Street workshop and the quality is evident. The rosewood is quite select the Sitka top is very lively and resonant. There is the slightest bear clawing in the top, perhaps the reason for the sunburst. The top has the fine checking typical of this vintage. Bridge and fretboard are made of African ebony – the nut 1 11/16ths, the fretboard has large dots, the tuners are the Kluson ridgebacks, the peghead veneer is of stripy, and the modified V neck has the volute. The top and rosette are the multiply binding of the day and the back strip the handsome marquetry. There is one nearly invisible side crack in the upper bout repaired long ago with two cleats. The braces have been scalloped in 30s fashion, probably by the original owner’s luthier. The work is competent and somewhat aggressive. I’ve had the neck reset, a full refret, and a replacement bridge by Mark Tossman (the original bridge had been shaved down to lower the action). It’s been set up with medium strings to medium low action. Mark reports that all is clean in the neck joint. The top is well behaved with no weird torqueing or bellying. It’s ready to go. The tone is big and loud and round. The scalloping has increased the volume on the bass and replaced the tight focused bass of the 50s with the blooming thunder of an earlier vintage. I have paired it with an old case from my private stash from the early 50s, maybe late 40s, that looks age appropriate.

Year Condition Color Case
1957 Excellent Sunburst Hard

$15,500

Jet City Guitars, LLC
Jim Brown
206-669-7099
Seattle, WA
3:56 AM

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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.