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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