1940 Martin D-28 Herringbone


Serial # 76284. A strong and lively Pre-War D-28, in excellent condition, and well set-up. Fewer than 800 fourteen fret D-28s had been built prior to the USAs war declaration in late 1941; and this is one of 134 built in 1940. It has survived the seventy-plus years very well, and is crack-free but for a small repaired pickguard crack.

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SKU: 4758

Model: D-28 Marquis
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ”X” Scalloped (Golden Era Style), Forward Shifted
Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16”
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Fiber
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: Black/Maple Fiber
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Modified V
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Long Diamond/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Golden Era Style
Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4”
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4”
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/4”
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares- Long Pattern Golden Era
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16”
Saddle: 16êê Radius/ Long Bone
Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: Bone w/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Tortoise Color – Beveled & Polished
Case: 545E
Interior Label: Paper Label
Electronics: not available as an option
Other Options: Available left-handed at no additional charge
Other Comments: All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.

Scalloped braced Red Spruce top, quartered Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Herringbone purflings, zig-zag back strip, slotted diamond fingerboard inlays. 1-11/16” nut width, 25.4” scale ebony fingerboard. The bridge is a nicely made replacement thatês about 1/16” oversized. Bridge pins, Grover tuners, and finish are original.

Likely a couple of neck resets in this guitarês past, the most recent of which was done by David Musselwhite. We suspect that the fingerboard was removed and reglued during one of the resets, but canêt say that with 100% certainty; the neck finish is original where itês not worn off entirely. Frets have been replaced a few times, as well. Current frets are in good shape with not much pitting or playwear. Replacement bone nut. The topês finish is play-worn on both sides of the fingerboard extension, and lightly sealed with shellac in the area. The pickguard has been cleanly reglued, and a section of X-brace has been reglued. The guitar shows no further repairs or modifications. Braces and bridgeplate are tightly glued and in excellent structural order.

The guitar is powerful, dark, resonant, and responsive. An exceptional flatpicker and strummer, and a perfect choice for the player who wants true pre-war Herringbone tone and a slimmer and more modern neck feel. Set up in-shop with medium gauge strings and an action of 5-6 64ths.

Weight 12 lbs


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