NGD...1978 Martin D-28

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  1. MIL8

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    Had this for about a month now but finally getting around to posting my NGD. I've wanted a Martin for a LONG time. My dad had a 1932 OM-28, sadly he sold it when I was about 8, before I started playing. He said if he knew then that I would have started playing he would of never sold it and that it was one of the worst decisions he ever made, not just financially but from a sentimental aspect as well. He always wen't on and on about how great it sounded.

    This came up on my local craigslist so I went to check it out and I bought it without hesitation. It has been modified by Luthier Brian Kimsey, if aren't familiar with what he does, he specializes in taking Martin's, (especially 1970s Martins) and modifying them to "Pre-War" specs. This is one of the loudest and best sounding acoustics that I've played. I don't have a "Pre-War" to compare it to but I would have to say it would give it a good run for it's money comparing this to most new Martins that I have played. It certainly has plenty of wear and scars but I love playing it and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite guitars.

    If only they had made it in a 7 string version :)

    If you want to see more pictures there is a link at the bottom to the album.



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  2. prlgmnr

    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    That looks like it's seen a thing or two, awesome.
     
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    Leviathus Psychotic Monster

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    So nice, looks gorgeous!

    HNGD!
     
  4. Drew

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    Oh damn.

    If you have any way to make a decent recording of that, I'd love to hear it in action.

    My Martin is a 1997, I think, MC16-GTE, and actually we're getting to the point where I guess mine is a 20 year guitar with some age on it too, and the top has definitely begun to yellow a little and the tone is definitely a little more mellow and rich than it used to be. I can't wait until mine looks like yours. It has one of what I think is Martin's earlier synthetic fretboards, and periodically I wonder if maybe it'd sound even better if I had it replaced with ebony or rosewood, but at the end of the day I'm pretty happy with the sound of the guitar and I don't know if it would be worth the effort.

    Anyway, old Martins. :yesway:
     
  5. MIL8

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    Yea I'd like to get a good recording of it sometime, if I do I will be sure to post it. I've heard that the Dreadnoughts don't record as well as the smaller body Martin's like an OM, but I think it would still sound good.

    A friend of mine has a Martin with the synthetic fretboard, I think they call it Richlite? I don't really like the feel of it, to me it is almost like plastic. No idea how much it would change the sound.
     
  6. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred Chugs and Sweeps

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    Beautiful!! Congrats man!
     
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    Im sorry but this is worth the bump..

    That guitar is STUNNING!
    Absolutely amazing find, man. Wow.

    I only hope I can come across one similar.
    Did you manage to get any recordings yet?

    Edit: holy shit LOL. I figured, page 5, maybe a few weeks old at most! But 2017? Man this part of the forum is a ghost town..
     
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  8. MIL8

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    Wow, hard to believe I've had this guitar almost years already!

    No I have not gotten a decent recording of it, I'll try to do that someday.....
     
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    That's amazing dude! holy moly
     
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    High Plains Drifter ... drifting...

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    I love every little blemish.. such character. Gorgeous instrument. Also just seeing this for the first time.. Thanks @dbrozz for the bump.
     
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    LOL necrobumping hahaha nice post though! Beautiful D28, dude. I've been hankering for a Martin for a long time, wanted a DCPA4R, but I don't do enough acoustic stuff to really justify it. My dad is sending me his Martin soon, IDK what it is but it's not a D28. he's thinning the herd and I insisted I'd buy it from him, he insisted I wouldn't. He's awesome that way, I already have the guitar he played when I was a kid.

    -m
     
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    Congrats! My favorite sounding acoustic guitars, also beautiful!
     
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    Not sorry that this has gotten bumped. Gorgeous looking guitar.
     

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