This very tidy looking 1942 Martin D-28 (82509) is one of only 96 D-28s built that year. The guitar is in a fine state of preservation, though it was clearly used for performances. The voice is rich and even, responding easily to a light pick attack, or with a full robust voice when played with vigor. The medium grain width top is in good shape, with no cracks and pick wear mostly located below the pickguard. The Brazilian rosewood back and sides are of medium density with a warm and musical tap tone. The original Waverly "Yoda head" tuners retain most of their original bright plated surfaces and they turn smoothly. The back of the neck shows some capo marks from its years of use as a performance guitar and there is an added strap button at the treble side of the neck heel. The lighter weight ebony wartime neck reinforcement has been helped with a recent compression refret by Alan Perlman. Older neck reset. The back is free of any cracks and shows some stray buckle marks from stage use. The bass-side side has a very small circular gouge near the tail block. The 2" treble-side hairline waist crack has been glued. The sides show small nicks and dings from stage use. The pin set is original and healthy. The guitar is easy to play and performs well in solo or group settings. The voice is very rich and warm. A very nice D-28 from the lowest production year since 1936. With ca. 1930s Geib hardshell case.
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