This is a grand old D-28, made in early 1964 just a few months before Martin moved from their old North Street factory to the new location they still occupy today. We've known this guitar since the 1970s as it belonged to a long-time Gryphon pal, and in the late 1980s or early '90s (nobody can remember the year), we replaced the neck for the owner, who was then living in Texas. The original neck, alas, had been damaged beyond repair so we ordered a replacement neck from Martin with a non-adjustable neck rod. Gryphon removed what was left of the original neck, and installed the original Grover Rotomatics on the new neck after fitting it to the body. Thirty years later, that newer neck has aged gracefully and even devoted Martin fans rarely detect the difference unless they are told.
Except for the tight 3 inch hairline crack (repaired) to the back above the tail block and the enlarged end pin hole to accommodate an earlier pickup installation the body of this D-28 is completely original and the finish, pickguard, and bridge are in excellent condition (it does have a new bone saddle). All interior bracing and bridge plate are original. The photos below give you an excellent idea of the condition of the original lacquer. The Brazilian rosewood is the dark, dense stuff that makes modern-day luthiers drool and the tone is both dry and deep, making this a do-everything D-28. The original Lifton hardshell case is included, and although the edges are heavily worn, exposing the wood, it still offers sturdy protection.