1946 C. F. Martin D-28

$23,500

  • Year: 1946
  • Manufacturer: C. F. Martin
  • Model: D-28
  • Case: Original Hard
  • Color: Natural
  • Condition: Excellent

SN: 97969. Very fine example of a late herringbone era D-28. Identical to the wartime D-28s with the exception of a heftier neck profile, Sitka spruce top, and the introduction (in 1945) of tapered bracing. The tapered bracing combined with the Sitka offered a stiffer top with more stability than the Adirondack and scalloped bracing. The resulting tone is more focused, particularly on the bass end, and something of a shift in emphasis favoring the mid-range without giving up the volume these are famous for. The ’46 is a fabulous flat picker. This one is in played but clean condition with one area of playwear near the fretboard and a little chew around the sound hole. The neck was reset and completely refretted a couple years ago by Mark Tossman who also carved a full-height repro bridge to replace on that had been shaved down. The nut is 1 11/16” and string spacing at the bridge 2 1/8”. The insides are squeaky clean and all original including the bridge plate. There are no cracks, capo gouge, or bad dingers. The tuners are the original Fleur di Lis aka arrowhead tuners that still work well, bridge pins are original, the case is a Lifton most likely purchased at the same time as the guitar. Overall, a terrific guitar I’ll be sorry to part with.

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