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Martin D-28 My Hot Dream
The guitar of my dreams took me almost 30 years to find. I was looking for that guitar that had that certain sound. You know it when you hear it. I was 15 years old when I heard it the first time. That was 1965, and I never heard that same sound again until I was 45 years old. In 1965 they wanted $600.00 for that guitar, it might have been 6 million. updated Feb. 26, 2015 my guitar has gone up $800.00 since I bought it.
I tried out several guitars when I finally became an adult and could afford one. I had played so many different types but nothing could compare to that 1965 D-28.I studied everything I could about that guitar and determined that I would some day be able to afford one of that same fine quality and tone. If I played at the 15 fret there was none of that buzz sound, just a beautiful tone. This guitar actually made me sound better than when I played any other guitar. I went to the largest music stores that sold Martin and did not find the guitar with that sound.
Then one day I went to a pawn shop to find a guitar case for one of my students and looked up and there were 2 Martin Guitars hanging way up high on the wall. I could see they were both identical looking.
I had the clerk take down both guitars. One of the guitars was a D-2r and it sounded great, but not what I was looking to find. By the way the D-2r and the D-28 both look very much alike. Both of the guitars are made in the USA by Martin. If you put the guitars side by side and you did not have enough guitar experience you could get fooled very easy.The easy way to tell the difference is the weight of the D-2r it is not as heavy. I could see that the other guitar was also a dread-naught, but this one had a solid spruce top. Both guitars are very well built. The guitar neck was slim not like a club feeling. The guitar neck was the best I had played in a long time. There are position markers on the side of the neck as well as the front on the fingerboard,
I was overjoyed to be able to get the original sales receipt with the guitar and the original owners booklet. I had the dealers name and the date the guitar was purchased and the serial number. If you have spent anytime around guitar buyers this is an important item to obtain.
My D-28 will be 25 years old and is truly a very good instrument and a great investment. The top of my D-28 has a narrow straight grain for the soundboard.. I like the straight grain it looks better but it is not a have to be for a steel string instrument. The neck on my guitar has very low action and this makes it very easy to play. I had the action adjusted on it and brought it down just a hair, it is as low as I want to go with it. The adjustment was simple enough to do all that was needed was sandpaper and remove the slanted saddle and sand the bottom until it was low enough but still sounded and played great. The slanted saddle gives compensation to the bass strings in the guitar. The bass is deep and beautiful and brings out any song played. Taking the string on and off took more time than making the lower action on the saddle. This is a forever guitar when you find it you will keep it.. My guitar Has transverse brace, which is on the back Inner face of the guitar. The guitar has X bracing on the back of the soundboard. It is made with just the right qualities to make that famous Martin sound.
The sides and the back of the guitar are rosewood. I looked thought the sound hole toward the neck and there it was D-28. I had my daughter look up the serial number and found out this was a 1985, the sound was awesome, and the bass was so deep. It was hard to put the guitar down. I bought it then for $1300.00. In the last five years I have had several people offer big money for the guitar. A handsome profit I am not looking to make the guitar will go to my grandson one day. This is not the 1965 guitar but the sound is darn close. One of my kids will be playing in 2 weeks for the first time. I think every one can guess what he will be playing. I personally have enjoyed this guitar the most out of all the guitars I have owned. I hope everyone finds their dream guitar. The D-28 has been a great choice. If you get one I am fairly sure you will enjoy it. I recently got my daughter in to Classical guitars, she is a guitar player so she is enjoying herself with her own collection. You have to remember that guitar is a whole different world.
I Found My D-28
I want everyone to know why I wanted this guitar so bad. It was that one and only Martin sound. This is hard to find, and you will keep searching for it until you find it again. The problem is these guitars are so hard to find in good condition, The guitar had a solid spruce top,solids age and sound even better with each passing year.. It was not a fancy looking guitar but it was beautiful to me. I knew I would finally have my D-28. The guitar had some wear on the fingerboard but that did not scare me, it was well taken care of, and usually a guitar that sounds good is played.
I played my first song Amazing Grace, and felt like I went to heaven. The guitar sang out, and the bass was unbelievable Soon the people in the shop walked back and started listening to the guitar. I started to play other songs bluegrass,country, and some gospel, and another customer in the shop started to get too interested in the guitar. I thought a moment and bought it. After all these years I still have the best guitar. Nice
. I recently was on an auction online and saw a 1941 guitar with 13 bids for $33,000 as the last bid, I think they wanted $60,000. now that's a handsome profit. I have never lost any money on my Martin guitars that were made in the U.S.A.,that is a good point to remember. If I am buying for my collection I like to stick mostly with U.S big brand names like Martin, Taylor, Gibson,Guild,and I do like Collings Guitars. These guitars have all been good investments, and most make beautiful music. Update, March 5th, 2016 1 had a guy want to buy my 28 for $500.00 more than I bought it. I turned it down, I am not interested.
I do like to find the oldest guitars I can for the advantage of hearing what it sounds like already broke in. I only collect acoustic guitars, this is what I know best.
My experience collecting for the last 50 years has been:
1. Find Your Dream Guitar
2. Buy for Collecting U.S.A
3. Buy Brands that appreciate in value
Why not collect something you want to play? Find your Dream Guitar. I know several collectors that don't play or can't play the guitar. This does not sound like fun to me. I truly enjoy collecting guitars. The main thing about collecting guitars is have fun, make money.
Collect USA it will only increase in value. Sometimes it is hard for me to sell a U.S.A. guitar. I can't keep all of them,I would if I had the room, but I do like the money that can be made in this collecting business.
Stick with the brands that make money and bring you satisfying pleasure while you have the guitar.
This is a great guitar the bass and treble improve beautifully with age.
My D-28 Body parts
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