1935 Martin 000-28

1935 Martin 000-28

This is one of the very, very coolest pre-war Martin 000-28s I have ever seen or played in my entire fifty-plus years in this business. Finding a 000-28 from that era at all is extremely rare; finding one that’s this solid, tight, fabulous-sounding and smooth-playing is almost unheard of. It is from very early in 1935, one of the very first Martin made to have what has held up as the scale length still in use for the 000-28 today. Here are the specs: 1-3/4” nut with, same as the OM-28s these guitars replaced; ivory nut original. Cool “CF MARTIN & CO NAZARETH PA stamped into the back of the peghead, along with the early version of CF Martin gold logo silk-screened on the front. The body has its it original finish, showing a fair amount of usage, with an additional coat over it that was done so long ago that I had to scratch my head for quite a while proving it out. Lots more playing since, which is to say that unless one is Sherlock Holmes, it all looks so totally and wonderfully played-in that you wouldn't want it any other way. Neck finish mostly either worn down or worn off, doesn’t matter, feels like about the best pair of shoes you ever owned and wish you still had. The neck has been nicely reset by parties unknown ages ago and my compliments to whoever did it as it is perfectly centered, something I rarely see elsewhere. The bridge, to my eye, is about the best replica of a 1930s Martin bridge I’ve ever seen; there’s a certain curvature to the back of those that’s unmistakable and again, I had to study on it real good before coming to a conclusion. Bottom line: entire guitar looks terrific, almost like you want to eat it. The neck is straight, the action is nice and crisp with room still to go in the saddle if one wants. Tuners are original, frets original with wear and it’ll be a matter of taste to replace them or leave them be. Two minor top cracks in non-critical areas, both very solidly taken care of years ago; one along the treble fingerboard edge, one a few inches from the bass-side fingerboard edge. No back cracks, no side cracks. But the real deal, now that you know it’s totally solid, plays great, and looks teriffic are its huge tones (plural); there is so much coming out of this fabulous, earliest of Martin 14-fret 000-28s that you are not going to want to put it down, period. And for all that, the price is totally hot, almost half of what I’ve seen asked for others of this period. Take it home and love it forever for $25K w/hsc

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$25000.00
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