This consignment one-family late 1940 D-28 comes to the shop in extremely clean condition, having been stored unplayed in the midwestern family home for the last 30 or so years. The finished surfaces are clean and bright, as are the covered Grover G-111 tuners. There are small pick wear hits near the pickguard. The two modifications are: 1) Bridge shaved a little on the saddle area 2) Installation of a strap button into the bass side near the neck heel. The Brazilian rosewood back and sides are in the classic perfectly quartered cut orientation, with no swirly figure at all. Due to being stored longterm in a dry environment in the midwest, the top developed 4 short hairline cracks. After a dehumidification for a week, they have been closed with hide glue by Alan Perlman. All parts original except for the replaced endpin.
The voice is very complex and colorful in all ranges. Though little used, this guitar needs a neck reset and refret for easy play. As with most guitars in this price range, I will let the future owner choose his/her favorite luthier for the neck reset and refret. My own favorite California luthier is Alan Perlman in San Francisco, who has a lot of experience performing neck resets and refrets on guitars of this age and condition. The bridgeplate is very clean and has suffered very little string ball wear. This is a rare opportunity to own a near mint prewar herringbone with little repair work or changes at a very good price. With hard case.
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