1960s Martin D-28 Thin Prototype

1960s Martin D-28 Thin Prototype

Escapees from Martin’s R&D department are rare, especially since that area of Martin barely exists anymore, if at all. This guitar was built in the 1960s at the behest of Don Thompson and John Huber, with Thompson being the head of R&D and Huber having done most of the actual building back then. The guitar is essentially a D-28, with all of Martin’s Grade-28 appointments of the day, that has had its body cut laterally, complete with solid spruce top and "CF Martin & Co.” script logo on the peghead, though there is no model number or serial number in the usual place, on the neck block. The sides are of solid Brazilian rosewood and the back is of laminated Brazilian, with no back braces, as none were needed. The neck, which is nice and comfy, has a steel bar in it for strength, almost surely of the “T-bar” type used by Martin since the 1930s; the nut and saddle are of genuine ivory, quite standard back then; the fingerboard and bridge are ebony, and the tuning machines genuine American made Grover Rotomatics. This is a most unusual and unique instrument, the likes of which can be found nowhere else and is not likely to reproduced ever again, as those years of Martin’s experimentation, let alone the materials used in this guitar, are long gone. An earlier version of a Piezo transducer is already installed, so you can plug right in and go to town. Comes with 1980s-era Martin hardshell case. $3995 w/hsc

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$3995.00
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