Just about in the ‘golden era’ for pre-war Martin Guitars, this 1925 Martin 0-28 will certainly not disappoint and may even surprise you if tone is your ultimate quest…
Built between 1888 and 1931, the 0-28 (the 0 defining the body shape and the 28 being the style that ran from 15 to 45) was defined by the ‘Zipper’ pattern inlay on the back and the herringbone top inlay. Style 28 guitars can also be recognised by their split diamond inlays . 1925 was the first year that the style 28 guitars were braced for steel strings, an important factor to remember when purchasing Martins from the 1920s. The tops were usually spruce with the back and sides being Rosewood although some 0-28s were produced in Koa (denoted by the K).
As you’d expect, a guitar that’s close to reaching its centenary will have seen some life. Its current condition is one of maintained grace. Its undergone a few repairs. The headstock was replaced in the 1991 by respected luthier John Kinnardin, a fantastic job you must agree, along with a repair on the back. Both these you can see in the photos. We also believed that the tailpiece was replaced or has certainly been repaired. The body has been oversprayed seen clearest in portion of the body which has been worn by playing. The body has some other bumps and dinks as you’d expect but the herringbone inlays is intact and the rest of the guitar looks very good.
The fretboard and frets are in great shape as is the neck which hasn’t been dented or damaged.The lacquer has worn nicely here too making it very comfortable to play.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case.
From the first note there is no doubt that this guitar is a good one, it has such a strong voice. There aren’t the deep lows, as you’d expect, but neither does this guitar sound thin. There is a wonderful warmth and balance that works so well for both finger-style and plectrum playing. The woods have obviously come into their own. Personally I’ve found this guitar difficult to resist.
If you ar on the hunt for the pre-war Martin sound on a limited budget you certainly will not be disappointed. This guitar both looks wonderful and plays like a dream.
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