Outstanding Martin D-28 Authentic 1931! The most accurate reproduction of a true vintage Martin available today. Every guitar maker since has sought to copy these models since their introduction into the musical world, but the Martin Authentic 1931 is arguably the most authentic reproduction.
This Martin D-28 Authentic 1931 is a relatively rare instrument. Only about 170 were made before Martin stopped production in 2016. She is an exact copy of the one in the Martin factory museum. In fact, she is a replica of the very first D-28, which was given the serial number 48326 back in 1931. That instrument was purchased on Oct. 11th 2011 at Christie’s for the Martin Museum, during a public auction of guitars owned by Richard Gere and brought 60.000 Euro excluding taxes and fees! Today’s estimated value is estimated over 300.000 Euro. Almost immediately, Martin meticulously inspected the guitar and had a CAT scan done at the Smithsonian Institute. These results were used to create this D-28 Authentic 1931.
All good and well, but what counts is how she sounds and plays. The 1931 D is a 12 fret instrument with a wide neck at the nut similar to a classical guitar at 48 mm. When Martin combines Madagascar Rosewood with premium Adirondack Red Spruce and a Honduras Mahogany neck, the sound is just awesome. Balanced and rich and punchy all around tone with a full lower register. The wide neck is a finger pickers delight. The neck profile is rather shallow compared to other vintage necks. Martin carved it in a way that it doesn’t feel as wide as it actually is. Still a hand full, but most players with normal or larger sized hands will find it worth the extra effort, as they simply will never find this mammoth rosewood voice with its stellar tone anywhere else. Adirondack Spruce is very stiff on the long grain and the cross-grain, but as it breaks in and opens up, it offers spectacular headroom. A player can really dig in. From a tonal perspective she is highly reflective, and transparent, accentuating the sound of the tonewood rather than adding much in the way of filters. The well-known bells and chimes of Madagascar jump forward, without losing clarity and definition of the detailed low-end and harmonics. She is such an amazing guitar and in excellent condition. Some minor signs of use and a very well repaired binding, that it. Setup for flatpicking, but plenty of room on the saddle to go lower for fingerstyle. She travels in a Hiscox Artist hard-shell case.