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The Martin D-28 is the American classic guitar, used by countless artists on countless recordings since its introduction in 1931, and this wonderful 1966 D-28 is exemplary of all the things that players have loved about Martin's flagship model. But while this guitar has all the chiming highs, cutting lows, and magnificent presence that you can find on almost any D-28, there are a few things that set it apart from the typical ilk. The first, and most obvious, is the inclusion of Brazilian rosewood on the back and sides, which Martin stopped using in 1969, switching to East Indian rosewood on the bulk of their guitars. But while Brazilian rosewood may be hard to come by, the incredible sound that guitars attain only after decades of playing is something less tangible and really what makes this instrument special. This is a single-owner guitar, kept in great shape. The original price tag is inside the case's neck pocket.
Finish checking and scuffing is consistent with a guitar of this age. The checking on the top is prevalent, but very fine in width and depth. There are a moderate amount of pick marks near the soundhole, scuffing on the pickguard, and dings on the top, but none out of the ordinary for a nearly 60-year-old guitar. The back has about the typical amount of scuffs for a guitar of this age, but few that are very wide or deep. The neck is in excellent condition, with no pronounced scuffing. This guitar has already had a neck reset - generally the largest and most costly work that Martins require later in their lifespans. A small pickguard crack, under an inch in length, has been sealed and cleated. This guitar's nut is not original, but its saddle is. The frets are in excellent condition and the guitar should not require refretting or even an aggressive fret dress any time soon. We consider the guitar to be in very good condition for one of its vintage.
In terms of aftermarket alterations, an L.R. Baggs Highlander has been installed in the guitar, with the battery pack installed at the neck block, below the serial number. This instrument comes with a non-original Martin/TKL hard shell case.