1941 Martin D-28 Herringbone


A great sounding pre-WWII D-28 that’s remarkably original and ALMOST crack-free, and the little crack it does have saves you tens of thousands of dollars. Got your attention? We’ve known this D-28 for decades, it formerly belonged to a close friend of Gryphon’s third partner (Richard Jones-Bamman, who left the music business to go back to grad school in ’87)

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SKU: 3735

Model: D-28 Authentic 1941
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint – Hide Glue Construction
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: VTS Standard ”X” Scalloped (Authentic Style) – Circa 1941 – Rear Shifted
Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16”
Back Material: Solid Madagascar Rosewood
Back Purfling: Zig-Zag (Authentic)
Side Material: Solid Madagascar Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid in a Narrow 1941 Shape
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape: Authentic 1941 Barrel & Heel
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Diamond/1941 Taper
Headplate: Solild Madagascar Rosewood
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: 1-11/16”
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8”
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares – Long Pattern golden Era – Circa 1941
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Vintage Gloss
Finish Top: Vintage Gloss
Finish Neck: Vintage Gloss
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Authentic Style Belly – Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8”
Saddle: 16″ Radius/Long Bone
Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel 1129 w/Oval Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: Ivory Colored Poly w/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: 545V Harptone
Interior Label: none
Electronics: none
Other Options: Available left-handed at no additional charge

Frank Ford reset the neck and refretted it over 20 years ago, but long before that the fingerboard had been expertly replaced. We don’t know who did that work, but the fact that the inlays are so right makes us wonder if perhaps it was done at Martin but of course we can’t be sure. The body of this D-28 has no cracks, and all the internal bracing is original, including the bridge plate. Original tuners, original pickguard, bridge and bridge pins appear to be original but we can’t be sure about the bridge, as it might have been replaced when the fingerboard was changed. All the finish is original except for some light lacquer touch-up around the headstock behind the nut. And why would finish touch-up be required on such an original guitar? Ah, we’re glad you asked. Long before our friend acquired this D-28, the headstock was cracked behind the nut. The headstock facing was obviously never damaged, so it’s not like the head was broken off, but if you look very closely under bright light you can detect where the crack began near the 6th string tuner post, wound around the back of the head (and over the dart), then back up the other side of the headstock to near the 1st string tuner post. Or maybe the crack went the other way around, who knows? (just kidding). The crack was well-repaired, we know this guitar has been strung up for over 25 years and the crack hasn’t moved or changed in its appearance. But it’s a cracked headstock, and the fingerboard has been replaced, so the price of this ’41 D-28 is not much over half of what it would cost if the same guitar was completely original but in comparable condition otherwise. It’s a great-sounding D-28 herringbone with that classic “pre-war” tone, and highly playable. Comes with an older good quality hardshell case, but the case is many years newer than the guitar.

Weight 12 lbs


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