Here is a vintage 1955 Martin D-28 flat top acoustic guitar. This particular Brazilian rosewood example, serial number 143042, is in nicely preserved all original condition. Elvis Presley famously played a ’55 Martin D-28, which was typically concealed by his iconic tooled leather cover. The King is to Rock what the D-28 is to the acoustic guitar, it is the undisputed archetype for all others, and an everlasting icon. Brazilian rosewood Martins have long been desired, and have always enjoyed an extremely reasonable valuation, in that, they are worth every last penny. When you buy a Martin like this particular ’55 D-28, you get one of the finest acoustic guitars ever built, made from the best materials this World has to offer. Not to mention, the incredibly beautiful tone and superior sound quality, for which Martins have always been appreciated, are the practical reasons for owning such an incredibly crafted instument. Guaranteed to steadily increase in value, blue chip Martin investments are one of the most obvious purchases guitar enthusiasts, collectors, and players alike should consider. Please reference the actual audio of this guitar in the video, as it is most certainly something to be enjoyed.
This ’55 Martin D-28 features; the original nitrocellulose natural lacquer finish, a double bound body construction, a two-piece close-grain spruce top, choice Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard, a Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay/veneer, an ebony bridge, a faux tortoise pickguard, (6) individual Kluson “Waffleback” super tuning machines, and a non-original Martin hard shell case.
Aside from consistent light playing wear, and several expected dings and surface scratches, the guitar is in very nice condition. While it is not a mint example, it is structurally perfect. It does not display any cracks, breaks, or repairs whatsoever. The neck joint is perfectly solid, and the neck angle is fantastic. The two most significant condition issues are: a large scratch through the clear coat, but not into the Brazilian side, of the bass-side waist, and a touch up to strange finish wear around the neck heel, which is only really noticed under a black light (please scroll down for pics.) Otherwise, there is some textural finish wear on the back of the body, and other usual wear seen in the 70+ super high resolution pics and included video.
The guitar is highly playable, and probably one of the best playing vintage Martin guitars we’ve ever offered for sale. This is mostly due to the original bridge saddle being reduced to accommodate the otherwise typical factory high action. Currently, the action on both sides of the fingerboard sits comfortably between 1/8″ and 1/16″ above the 12th fret: it simply doesn’t get lower than that.
The neck profile is extremely well sculpted and it sits perfectly within an average-sized hand. The original frets are also in nicely preserved shape, with expected wear from playing mostly in the open position.
The guitar is currently strung with Pyramid .013-.056 gauge bronze strings, and while this is heavier than what Martin recommends, it enhances the sound quite significantly. Since the guitar has considerably low action, the heavy gauge strings do not reduce the comfort of playability.
The guitar includes a Martin hard case, and while not original, it will ensure safe transport and storage.