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This 1940 Martin D-28 (74244) is extremely powerful sounding and is one of only 134 D-28s built in 1940. Very clean condition except for a patch buckle rash on the back. Medium-fine grain Adirondack spruce top has an excellent complex tap tone, has only a few small dings, a little visible sanding at the treble edge of the fingerboard extension, and the beginnings of a B string pickguard crack. Medium brown colored medium density Brazilian rosewood, showing just a few mall scratches and dings on the sides. The back of the neck shows just a few capo marks along with a bald spot from the thumb playing open position D chords. Extra screw hole at A string tuner. The original Grover G-111 tuners are worn, but work well. Bridge pins and pickguard are original. The bridge is likely original, but has gotten a little rounded from sandpaper.

The repair list is short, with a neck reset and refret, and a light application of amalgamation overspray (mostly lacquer thinner) to soften and smooth over the finish of the top and back. The guitar is in marvelous condition and is very satisfying to play with a huge bluegrass voice. The Geib hardshell case is likely original to the guitar.

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Steve Swan Guitars

Steve Swan Guitars

Original Hard
12 Years
Steve Swan Guitars
Steve Swan
(650) 515-1014
Burlingame, CA
9:45 PM
9-5 Monday through Saturday. Other hours by appointment. It is ALWAYS best to make an appointment so that I am not out on a local errand or on an overnight trip to Los Angeles or Eugene when you drop by.