One of only 47 made, this HD-28 Brazil has the complexity and depth of tone that only comes from a quarter-sawn Brazilian rosewood dreadnought. Featuring solid back and sides constructed from beautifully figured, heavily restricted Brazilian rosewood, and married to a solid Sitka spruce top with forward-shifted, scalloped X-bracing, and trimmed in the classic herringbone style, the HD-28 incorporates many of the features common to the classic Pre-War dreadnoughts that have become so coveted among bluegrass pickers and collectors alike. Martin literature suggests that the '86 HD-28 Brazil was the last dreadnought to be built out of quarter-sawn back and sides - today almost a complete impossibility without being a high profile endorsed artist.
Sonically, the Brazilian rosewood really sets this guitar apart from its Indian counterparts; there's a complexity to each note and chord, and the dynamic range of the guitar is truly astounding - the volume is truly only limited by how hard you can play. Whilst many rosewood dreadnoughts can suffer from a somewhat boomy or muddy bass, this guitar has a defined clarity to the bottom end and an incredibly balanced tone across all frequencies, making this guitar the perfect recording or performing instrument. Currently strung with Martin Retro series Monel strings to accentuate the tonal qualities of the woods the HD-28 is equally at home being flatpicked or fingerpicked, strummed chords ring out. A true three dimensional tone.
This guitar is not without a history, it has had a side crack which has been professionally repaired (and has been luthier inspected to confirm it's stability), and it has also had a professional refinish at some point in the 1990s. There is some lacquer checking as to be expected of a nitrocellulose finish, as well as a couple of minor finish imperfections on the headstock and neck. Crossing borders with an instrument crafted out of heavily protected timber is not without its risks, at some point an attempt has been made to sand the neck block and has partially removed the serial number/model information.
The guitar has received some welcome upgrades over it's life; a set of ultra-rare Patent Pending Grover Futura tuners (c1958-1962) have been installed, and the pickguard has been replaced with a genuine Martin celluloid nitrate tortoise guard which complements the tight grain of the Sitka spruce top.
Finish: Natural Gloss
Soundboard Material: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Bridge Material: Ebony
Binding & Rosette: Herringbone body binding
Bracing Pattern: Forward shifted, scolloped X-bracing
Neck Profile: C-shape
Neck Details: Dot pearloid inlays on ebony fingerboard
Modifications / Repairs: The guitar has been refinished in natural gloss nitrocellulose in the 1990s. A professionally repaired side crack. A set of ultra-rare Patent Pending Grover Futura tuners (c1958-1962) have been installed, and the pickguard has been replaced with a genuine Martin celluloid nitrate tortoise guard.
Cosmetic Condition: Overall the instrument is in very good cosmetic conditon, with some laquer checking throughout the guitar's finish. There are some other minor finish imperfections also present.
Tech Notes: Currently setup with 12-54 Martin Retro Monel Strings and a medium action.
Case Details: Comes with non-original Hiscox hardcase
Serial Number: Illegible
Made in: USA
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