A very clean and completely original Merrill C-28. No cracks anywhere, some fret wear but not enough to worry about, and only light scuffs and a few dings as the woman who played this Merrill for years took excellent care of it. Unlike most reproductions of early Martin D-28 models, this Merrill looks almost as much like a late '30s D-28 on the inside as it does on the outside. It also has the neck shape and tone you expect from a reissue of those iconic Dreadnoughts (since the neck is 1 11/16" at the nut this has the neck of a late '39 Martin D but the bracing of an early 1938). This C-28 has a somewhat shallow neck angle, but whether or not it needs a neck reset depends on your playing style and string gauge preference. If you like big-sounding rosewood Dreadnoughts but prefer light gauge strings, the action height of ?? at the 12-fret on the high E and ?? on the low E (when strung with lights) is higher than factory standard for a new guitar but no big deal. If you string guitars like this with mediums, and you play bluegrass, the string action may be what you need when you play hard but still want clean tone. However, for the average player who prefers "factory standard" string action with medium gauge strings, this Merrill would need a neck reset. Because of the "does it or doesn't it?" neck angle of this guitar, please call us to discuss your options. Even factoring in the cost of a reset, this Merrill is still priced below what an example from this period, and in this condition, often sells for.

stock no. 52677

ModelC-28 Adirondack/Honduran
TopAdirondack spruce
Back and sidesHonduran rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge materialebony
Fretboard Materialebony
Neck materialmahogany
Total frets20
Bracingscalloped X
Electronicsnone
Serial No000171
CaseOrig. Hard
Neck profilevery rounded V
Finishlacquer
Rosette "5-9-5" Style 28
TunersGotoh G-98
Bindingivoroid