This guitar is a great playing/sounding Martin HD-28VR that is 20 years old! It has been played and isn't mint, but it's still a very nice guitar. There is one side repair that was cleated and is in a fairly inconspicuous spot. The guitar is structural great with low action and good saddle left. There are a few indentations here and there and some light wear on the back but nothing too bad as the photos show. The guitar looks to have had an endpin jack for pickup at one time but has since been removed. Also comes with the original hardshell case and some paperwork as shown.
Under the leadership of C.F. Martin IV, Martin and Co. has always built each of their guitars with extreme quality and beauty. All Martin guitars have always used top notch woods. These woods are expertly inspected and selected by the wood experts at Martin. Nothing else sounds like a Martin guitar, and many of the most famous small builders in the world use Martin's original designs as foundations for their instruments.
During the 1980s, Martin made some custom order and short production-run reissues of the legendary pre-World War II model D-28. The pre-War D-28s are affectionately known as “herringbones” or just “bones”. This is due to the herringbone marquetry inlaid along the perimeter of the top.
The 1980s reissues proved to be popular enough that Martin introduced a pre-War reissue series in the 1990s. This Vintage series included the D-28 in 14-fret (HD-28VR) and 12-fret (HD-28VS) versions, the D-18VR, the D-18VS, the OM-28VR, the 000-28EC Eric Clapton signature model, and the D-45VR.
These guitars are not true reproductions of the orginals, however. The HD-28VR has some features not found on a pre-War D-28. These include a satin finish neck, smaller “modified” V-shape neck profile, adjustable truss rod, and Indian rosewood body. Regardless of the modernization, the HD-28 still has the classic Martin dreadnaught sound.
The Martin HD-28 uses what Martin calls "forward-shifted" bracing; that is, the X-brace under the top is shifted closer to the sound-hole than in a standard D-28. Forward shifted bracing usually has the effect of increasing bass response by opening up more of the lower bout of the soundboard.
The topwood on this guitar is Sitka Spruce, paired with Indian Rosewood back and sides. This is a classic combination that is highly versatile for many playing styles. Sitka can be played fingerstyle or with a flatpick and can excel at both. It is ideal for flatpickers who don't require the stiffness of Adirondack, offering more volume and responsiveness from a lighter touch. When combined with rosewood on the back and sides, Sitka is very lush and has a warm, rich low end.
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I usually ship via Fedex which runs $59-$89 per guitar including insurance within the lower 48 states. I ship worldwide via USPS Express, contact me for exact shipping price. Europe is usually around $150. Australia $215... I ship to almost every country in the WORLD!
48 hour inspection period, buyer pays shipping both ways and must be returned in the same condition as sent, no exceptions. 3% restocking fee to cover costs.