One of a small batch of 000-28 models begun March 7,1931, there's probably not much chance its siblings survived the last 88 years in this condition. Sure there's some wear to the top where a pickguard would be and other wear to the finish from use, but with no cracks anywhere, original finish throughout, and no sign of repairs other than a neck reset, a bridge re-glue, and some of the usual leveling and tweaking to the fingerboard and its original bar stock frets. The list of "originals" on this exceptional example also includes the tuners, nut, bridge, bridge pins and end pin. Oh, and the original hardshell case. Best of all, this is a 12-fret 000-28 made to be strung with steel strings and Martin had been building steel string models long enough by early 1931 that they had it sorted out. It's a great example of John Deichman and the North Street Factory crew at their best during what is acknowledged as Martin's prime era for building lightweight, highly responsive steel string guitars.
Call Richard or Michael is you want more details. Kate took lots of photos of this one, including a shot of what is probably the original saddle, so if you check them all carefully you'll get a very accurate sense of the condition of this exceptional Martin.
stock no. 56272
|Back and sides||Brazilian rosewood|
|Frets to body||12|
|Neck profile||rounded V|