Martin Style D-28, East Indian Rosewood

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This dreadnought guitar is styled afer a conventional D-28 with Indian Rosewood back and sides and an Engelmann spruce top. The trim is ivoroid. It departs from Style 28 in that the fretboard and bridge are made from cocobolo rosewood rather than ebony, and the fretboard has no dots on the front (like a Tony Rice style guitar), although it has the usual side dots. In pre war Martin style, the top bracing is forward shifted to about 1" behind the sound hole, and it is scalloped to enhance the tone — see the picture to the right. It has a one-piece bolt-on mahogany neck. The saddle and nut are bone, and the tuners are Grover StaTite V98-N. The finish is water-borne lacquer.

This is a dreadnought cannon! It has terrific volume, tone, and action. It would be very difficult to find a dreadnought built in the pre war Martin style — traditional bracing, forward shifted, and scalloped — at anything close to this price.:w

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