MARTIN HD-28BLE SITKA SPRUCE BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD (SOLD)


This very special guitar is part of Martin’s “Guitar Of The Month Series” in 1990. Only 100 pieces were made then and it is the closest one can get to a prewar D-28 today without a heavy price tag. What makes this guitar even more special is the near 30 years of aging on the Brazilian rosewood, making this easily one of the best sounding dreadnoughts we have ever come across over the past decade.

This guitar comes in premium sitka spruce top and a lovely set of Brazilian rosewood. It is made to the overall specifications of a prewar D-28 with an interior label signed by C.F. Martin IV. To further sweeten the package, this consigned guitar is in near mint condition despite its age and comes with a period correct Martin hardcase owned by Bob Dylan himself with certification included.

In 1969, Martin stopped using Brazilian rosewood as it got scarce and made the switched to Indian rosewood. Brazilian rosewood was subsequently added to the CITES treaty in 1992, strictly banning its exportation which resulted in today’s use of Brazilian Rosewood being only limited to special edition or custom shop guitars.

This is a truly memorable guitar which will certainly delight its owner. With a recent 2017 release of 50 Brazilian rosewood D-28s carrying a street price of USD$16000 before shipping and tax, we can only expect these guitars to appreciate in value over time.

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Martin HD-28BLE special edition Brazilian rosewood dreadnought.

Ivoroid binding and herringbone purfling over a premium sitka spruce top.

Diamond and Squares fingerboard inlays etched into a black ebony fingerboard.

Special edition herringbone decorative rosette with interior label signed by C.F. Martin IV.

Brazilian rosewood back and sides with ivoroid binding.

Genuine mahogany neck and herringbone backstrip.

A gorgeous set of Brazilian rosewood framed in ivoroid binding.

Madagascar rosewood headstock faceplate with classic Martin & Co. logo.

Sealed-back Martin tuners with ebony tuning heads.

Period correct Martin hardcase owned by Bob Dyan with Certification included.

Front view of Martin HD-28BLE Special Edition acoustic guitar.

Full Specifications

Top: Premium Sitka Spruce

Back and Sides: Brazilian Rosewood

Bracing: Forward Shifted Scalloped X-Brace

Rosette: Herringbone

Back Purfling: Herringbone

Endpiece: Ivoroid

Binding: Ivoroid

Top Purfling: Herringbone

Back Purfling: Black/White

Neck: Genuine Mahogany

Nut: Bone

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Headplate: Brazilian Rosewood with Martin Logo

Heelcap: Ivoroid

Fingerboard: Solid Black Ebony

Scale Length: 25.4''

Number of Frets Clear: 14

Number of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamond and Squares

Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss

Finish Top: Polished Gloss

Finish Neck: Satin

Bridge: Solid Ebony

Bridge Syle: Belly

Saddle: Bone Drop-in Saddle

Tuning Machines: Sealed-Back Martin Tuners with Ebony Tuning Heads

Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots

Interior Label: Signed by C.F. Martin IV

Pickguard: Tortoise

Case: Hardshell Case included (Owned by Bob Dylan with Certification)

Retail Price: SGD$12500

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