This extremely clean early 1944 Martin D-28 (87595) has been very well cared for and it is one of only 219 scallop-voiced D-28s made in 1944. The finish is bright and clean all over, with just a few blemishes. This guitar appears to be made with a Brazilian rosewood set from "the log", with the characteristic two-tone cooling separated by the dark band on the back. The sides of this beautifully brick-red colored set show very nice and well-defined color patterns. This rosewood has a wonderfully musical tap tone on the back. The medium grain width Adirondack spruce top is moderately stiff and has an expressively colorful tonal response all over the fingerboard.
The back of the neck has a single "table corner" ding under the 7th fret, which has a small localized lacquer repair. There is another slight table rest ding under the 12th fret. A strap button hole on the bass side of the neck heel has been filled and spot finished. This position for a strap button was common for Nashville performers, who used an eyebolt for a dog leash snap style strap attachment. The wartime ebony neck reinforcement keeps the neck weight light and imparts a warmer quality to the voice. The original Kluson wartime tuners show little wear and the finish surfaces are bright and clean. The headstock decal is entirely intact and unmarked. There are some shallow string winder marks on the side of the headstock. The nut is a well made bone replacement. The fingerboard is a professionally made replacement that is slightly thicker than the original.
The top shows minor pick wear at the first string soundhole edge and by the fingerboard near the first string. There is slight damage around the bridge from a reglue of the original bridge, including a 1/8" X 3/16" reglued chip of the top near the bass-side bridge foot. There is a finish scrape just above the tail block, about in line with the high E string pin. The internal bracing is pristine and the original bridge plate shows no wear from string changes. The finish of the body has been lightly buffed all over. The one small lacquer chip is near the old neck heel strap attachment, on the bass-side side.
The guitar has been played enough to start the development of the strong voice, with more depth and richness to be played into it by the next owner. This is a particularly fine example of a wartime Martin D-28, made during the last year for scalloped brace voicing. The original hardshell case is in fine shape, though I replaced the decrepit original handle with a similar one that is in much better shape.
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