Although the underside of the top is dated June 1901, this 0-28 is very much a 19th century Martin in almost every way. It does have pearl position markers on the fingerboard, a feature Martin had only introduced a few years earlier, but that, and the serial number stamped on the neck block and the upper edge of the headstock, are about the only ways you could distinguish this example from one made a decade, or two or three, earlier. Below the penciled date are the initials "H. L. K." and we know Martin's ten-man crew a few years earlier did include one with the last name "Keller" (probably a relative, as Frank Henry Martin's wife Jenny was from a local Keller family).

This 0-28 is remarkably original, with the crack repair to the top (bass side lower bout) and a few hairline side cracks the only visible repairs. The cracks had happened long before we acquired it, but Gryphon's Repair Dept. did some work on the original bar stock frets and as a result it's as playable as a new Martin. The guitar's interior is untouched, and the French polish finish, tuners, nut, pyramid bridge and bridge pins--even the peg on the back of the headstock--are as it left Nazareth 118 years ago. Martin had stopped using its wood "coffin" cases by the time this guitar was built, and it probably shipped in a tooled leather case which is long gone. The new hardshell case shown here offers excellent protection and is a decent fit.

stock no. 34710

Model0-28 w/ Original Friction Pegs
TopAdirondack spruce
Back and sidesBrazilian Rosewood
Frets to body12
Nut width1 13/16"
Scale length24.9"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialSpanish Cedar
Bracingscalloped X
Neck profilerounded V
Total frets19
TunersOriginal Friction Pegs
FinishFrench Polish
Serial No9143