1978 Martin HD-28

1978 Martin HD-28

This one has a story. It was sold new, in my store, to a friend, a terrific guitar player and a great musician, in 1978, having been made by Martin very early in the year and shipped to me as the original Martin dealer. Its owner was a professional player, spent a lot of time on the road playing in country bands, jazz bands, and backing up singer-songwriters; he was as versatile a player as they come and this guitar served him well for many years. Sometime around 2012 we sent it back to Martin on his behalf for them to take care of a loose bridge and some top cracks, and in 2013 again for a neck reset. By 2015, after thirty-seven years of yeoman service on the road, the condition of the top was at a point where replacement was the only viable option and Martin made a new top for it, complete with small maple bridge plate and scalloped braces, all exactly as per original, and they did a gorgeous job. Sometime after that the original owner sadly passed away and it got into the hands of its last owner, another good friend of mine who, quite simply, never played it. When it came to me last week it still had the strings that Martin had put on it five years ago, somewhat tarnished but untouched, and it sounds so good I’m reluctant to change them
Few people know much about the technical details of this model. It would appear that the HD-28 is just a regular D-28 but with herringbone inlay and scalloped braces, but according to a really good pal of mine who’s worked at Martin for over thirty years, most of them building  guitars in their very special Custom Shop, the HD-28 has some peculiarities inside that put it in a category of its own. Exactly what he didn’t say but I believe him; he’s a very special guy. I’ve worked with him many, many times over the years to design Custom Shop guitars for my store and I trust him to the end. Bottom line here is that HD-28’s are very special guitars, and this particular one is very special to me, having known it since the day Martin shipped it out new. It looks totally fresh, it is totally fresh, the frets are fresh, and the action is all set up to our own strict standards. It’s still got its original American-made Grover Rotomatic tuners and it sounds AMAZING, like everything you’d want in a Martin Dreadnought: huge and clear and more. And more. There’s a professionally installed pickup too, looks like a Fishman to me. Offered here with its original Martin hard shell case at $1995 w/ohsc

w/ohsc

$1995.00
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