1972 Martin D-28 Dreadnought Guitar

This '72 D-28 is a customer's guitar that's been hanging-around the workshop for ages. I finally got to it, though, and it received the usual stuff -- neck reset, bridge work, and new saddle -- but the owner also wanted to steepen the board radius and thus it also got a refret. The radius has moved from about 16" to 12" and my-oh-my, does it feel great now. I've always preferred Gibson-style radius boards so this makes the guitar much more "home base" for my fingers.

Otherwise, it's a pretty bog-standard '70s D-28 -- good Indian rosewood on the back and sides (with a pretty, mocha-brown coloring), ebony for the board and bridge, and a tight-grained spruce top. The bracing is bulked-up on guitars from this era, but of course after a thorough going-through it's sounding top-drawer. Cutting down the first tonebar half-way in height in these opens them up to more of a '50s sound but as they stand they're nice, clear-sounding, velvety-bass guitars anyhow.

Repairs included: neck reset, bridge reglue, board plane and refret, new saddle, cleaning, setup.

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid rosewood

Bracing type: x

Bridge: ebony

Fretboard: ebony

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: medium C

Board radius: 12"

Truss rod: non-adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium

Scale length: 25 3/8"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 15 3/4"

Body depth: 5"3

Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz

Condition notes: it's pretty clean throughout but does show minor wear and tear via finish weather-checking and scratching here and there. The saddle and bridge pins are replacements.