This is a vintage 1968 Martin D-28 flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 251481, is in extremely excellent original condition and includes the original Martin “Steal Me” blue plastic hard shell case. This incredibly attractive ’68 Martin D-28 features; stunning Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a beautiful Sitka Spruce top, a one-piece Mahogany neck with an Ebony fretboard and an original natural lacquer finish with a sexy sheen. Though the black pickguard is an exact spec. Martin-issued replacement, the instrument is otherwise 100% all original and in perfect structural condition with no issues. This well-preserved example is from the end of the Brazilian rosewood era, and is effectively one of the last to be made with the same build approach and craftsmanship as those which came decades prior.
As previously mentioned, this guitar is in very excellent original condition. The original black plastic scratch plate was curled and lifting, those from this era are notorious for such, so it was removed and a vintage spec. Martin pickguard was installed. The bridge is firmly affixed with no evidence of lift, and the Sitka spruce top is perfectly flat with no bellying whatsoever. The neck angle is great and the action is almost ideal. The G-string can be a bit buzzy, so a professional setup is recommended for this guitar to become studio ready. There is very slight wear on the bass side of the fingerboard in the open (first fret) position only. Superficial pick wear is evident around the sound hole, but otherwise this D-28 is in super clean cosmetic condition.
With a particularly lush sound, this example sounds more full than the average D-28. It’s traditionally well-balanced, however, it isn’t as thin nor shrill as some. It is an exemplary sounding specimen, and would sound spectacular in front of a microphone. The neck profile is extremely comfortable and it’s a treat to play.