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Martin HD-28 CTB Acoustic #517480 - Used  From Martin

A Martin Custom Shop HD-28 with Custom Tortoise Binding (CTB)!


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Condition: Used, Very Good

A sound-defining and rare HD-28!  Martin made just a few of these tortoise-bound HD-28s in the early 90s--we can't help but wonder if they would have made more if folks then could hear what it sounds like now!  The hairpin-trigger response and harmonically rich response across the entire range make for a borderline addictive playing experience--it just eats up everything you throw at it!  Towering bass response, nice, forward midrange for a RW dread, and sizzling, shimmering highs.  The inlay, engraved tuners, and binding/purfling are perfectly fitting for such a headturning voice.  


SP Luthier Notes: Partial refret, fret dress, and setup

Manufacturer's Description from Martin

C.F MARTIN & CO. has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.

The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line - the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line - which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better.

Martin guitars and Martin Strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies; on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere.  


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About Manufacturer

For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world. The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.?s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting six generations of dedication to the guitarmaker?s craft. In or out of the music industry, C. F. Martin has few rivals for sheer staying power. Throughout its colorful history, the company has adapted successfully to continual changes in product design, distribution systems, and manufacturing methods. In spite of the many changes, C. F. Martin has never veered away from its initial commitment to quality. The concern for producing the finest instruments possible in 1833 is especially evident today at Martin?s expanded facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The story behind one of America?s most famous guitars began on January 31, 1796, in Markneukirchen, Germany, with the birth of Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. Born into a long line of cabinet makers, Christian Frederick took up the family craft at the early age of 15, when he left his hometown and traveled to Vienna to apprentice with Johann Stauffer, a renowned guitar maker.


Model: HD-28 C.T.B.

Year: 1991

Serial: 517480

Body Size: D-14 Fret

Construction: Standard; Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint

Bracing Pattern: DOM-LE

Brace Shape: Scalloped

Brace Size: 1/4"

Top Material: Spruce

Back Material: Indian Rosewood

Side Material: Indian Rosewood

Finish Top: Aging Toner

Back & Side Finish: Polished

Scale Length: 25.4"

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16"

Neck Shape: Low Profile

Electronics: None

Binding: Tortoise

Pickguard: Tortoise

Rosette: D-28

Bridge Style: Belly

Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8"

Bridge Material: Ebony

Bridge Pin Material: White

Bridge Pin Dots: "Red Eye" Dots

Saddle: Bone

Saddle Radius: 16"

Back Purfling/Strip: Herringbone

Endpiece: Tortoise

Endpiece Inlay: B/W

Neck Material: Mahogany

Finish Neck: Satin - Polished Headplate

Number of Frets: 20

Neck Joins Body at: 14th Fret

Side Dots: White

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Fingerboard width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8"

Fingerboard Inlay Style: CFM Script Inlay and Squares

Fingerboard Inlay Material: Mother of Pearl

Fingerboard Binding Material: None

Headstock Shape: Solid/Diamond

Headplate Material: Indian Rosewood

Headplate Logo Style: 5-K Style Inlay Englared (MOP)

Headplate Binding Material: None

Tuning Machines: M-6 Gold

Nut Material: Bone

Case: Hardshell