1970 Martin D28

The Martin D-28 is arguably the ultimate factory flat-top guitar in history, played by many of the best and most sophisticated performers throughout the last 80 years. Huge sound, quality construction, excellent materials—all combine to dominate most jams and concerts. If you’ve ever wanted to add the power of a vintage Martin D-28 to your gig list or repertoire, and if you’re intrigued by the possibility of finally owning a legitimately rare and collectible Martin, this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. In fact, you may want to sell all your other six-string guitars—whatever they are!—in order to own this great-playing D-28.

This guitar’s serial number (268289) indicates it was produced in 1970, but the current MSRP of a standard D-28 is almost $3,500, and if you read the almost reverent reviews of D-28s on Harmony Central or the many other websites (just Google “Martin D-28”), you’ll see why this model has attained almost legendary status. As one reviewer said, “It’s like holding an orchestra in my hands!” This guitar is an excellent example of this classic Martin design, and you can play it hard for its booming bass, or you can play it softly for the delicacy of a harpsichord.

There is abundant evidence of Martin’s high quality in this dreadnought’s solid spruce top and beautiful solid Rosewood sides and back. This D-28 has a multi-stripe rosette, an unusual patterned back stripe, and a 14/20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlay. The solid mahogany neck and headstock accented by the enclosed Grover tuners, the scalloped braces, the ebony bridge and white abalone-dot replacement pegs reflecting the pure black tear drop pick guard—these are like Martin D-28 trademarks. And of course the logo on the headstock in the familiar Martin script is the ultimate guarantee. While this D-28 does not feature a lot of fancy inlays and such, check out the pictures: this is still one beautiful guitar to anyone who loves the instrument!

On the other hand, it is in well-used condition, and like most 47-year-old guitars has a few dings and some crazing of the finish “to let the sound out,” as my luthier says. There are two professionally repaired cracks in the top [which you may not be able to see in the pics], and the previous owner apparently had a very heavy pick hand, leaving obvious pick wear down to the wood. This has caused no actual structural damage, it has been sealed, and no doubt it adds tons o’ mojo or some such, but some would find it a tad homely.

Clearly this guitar would no longer qualify for the Martin Museum in Pennsylvania, but as a solo instrument or as a dominant addition to your local jam, it’s a great player, a guitar to be proud of. The action is fast and easy (a hair under 3/32” at the 12th fret low E), and the sound is phenomenal! Forty-seven years of dedicated playing and seasoning does great things for tonewoods—especially when you start with the quality woods Martin used to create this guitar!

The original blue molded hard shell Martin case is in good but slightly “experienced” condition. Martin’s blue plush padding is worn, but fits perfectly to ensure the safety of the instrument. The hardware works fine, and naturally the Martin logo is conspicuously embossed into the top. It’s an authentic [and almost indestructible] complement to this cool vintage guitar.

Condition: Used

Our Price: $2,695