Martin D-28 Authentic 1931 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (SN:1650177)


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You are looking at a Martin D-28 Authentic 1931 Acoustic Guitar, serial number 1650177. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase.

All of the Martin Authentics are crafted in the same manner as the originals, utilizing hide glue throughout and employing historically-accurate detailing thanks to the CAT scan machine at the Smithsonian Institute. This Martin Authentic gets its roots from  a 1931 D-28 that stands proudly in The Martin Guitar Museum. Although the idea of the bigger dreadnought body came about a few years prior, 1931 marked a critical year for Martin-- with introduction of a guitar that would later become one of the most iconic acoustic guitars in American history, the Martin D-28. Named after a large battleship named the HMS Dreadnought (nothing to fear or nought to dread), the dreadnought body style was larger and deeper then Martin's smaller bodied OM models (and most other acoustics at the time). The larger dimensions allowed for much greater projection and tonal richness, which is what made the D-28 one of Martin's most popular acoustic models even to this day. Although as the years pass, every model tends to evolve in someway or another, whether its a change of wood due to a changing laws or slightly different appointments, but this Martin D-28 Authentic 1931 holds true to the classic with spot on accuracy in every single nuance and detail of the original guitar.

The body of the D-28 is crafted from the finest solid tonewoods including a solid Adirondack spruce top accompanied by Madagascar rosewood back and sides all bound in grained ivoroid. The top employs authentic-style standard “X” scalloped bracing and features a period correct Style 28 rosette while the back boasts a vintage-correct Zig-Zag purfling and black/white boltaron inlay. The neck is carved from genuine mahogany into the same dimensions as the original neck and features a solid black ebony fingerboard with diamonds & squares golden era inlays. The D-28 also remains faithful to the original design with a correct to period slotted headstock featuring vintage-style Waverly Nickel 4036 tuning machines with Butterbean knobs.

Other authentic appointments include a polished glossed finish with aging toner for a slightly aged appearance, a solid black ebony 1930s style bridge with a 16” radius fossilized ivory saddle, a fossilized ivory nut and a Delmar tortoise colored pickguard. For superior protection of this prized instrument, the D-28 Authentic 1931 comes fully protected inside of a hardshell case.

Now's your chance to have your own piece of acoustic guitar history with an impeccable recreation of the first D-28 ever made.


  • Model:D-28 Authentic 1931
  • Construction:Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
  • Body Size:D-12 Fret
  • Top:Solid Adirondack Spruce
  • Rosette:Style 28 (Authentic 1931)
  • Top Bracing Pattern:Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Authentic Style) - Circa 1931
  • Top Braces:Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material:Solid Madagascar Rosewood
  • Back Purfling:Zig-Zag (Authentic)
  • Side Material:Solid Madagascar Rosewood
  • Endpiece:Grained Ivoroid (Narrow 1931 Shape)
  • Endpiece Inlay:Black/White Boltaron
  • Binding:Grained Ivoroid
  • Top Inlay Style:Fine Herringbone
  • Side Inlay:noneBack Inlay:Black/White Boltaron
  • Neck Material:Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Neck Shape:Authentic 1931 Barrel & Heel
  • Nut Material:Fossilized Ivory
  • Headstock:Slotted/Square Slots/1931 Diamond/1931 Taper
  • Headplate:Solid Madagascar Rosewood
  • Heelcap:Grained Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard Material:Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length:25.4''
  • Number of Frets Clear:12
  • Number of Frets Total:19
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut:1-7/8''
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:2-1/4''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays:Diamonds & Squares - Short Pattern Golden Era
  • Finish Back & Sides:Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
  • Finish Top:Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
  • Finish Neck:Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
  • Bridge Material:Solid Black EbonyBridge Style:1930s Style Belly w/ Long Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing:2-3/8''
  • Saddle:16'' Radius/Fossilized Ivory
  • Tuning Machines:Waverly Nickel 4063 w/Butterbean Knobs & Nickel Bushings
  • Recommended Strings:Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins:Ivory w/ Black Dots
  • Pickguard:Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case:540V Harptone

Get your Martin D-28 Authentic 1931 Acoustic Guitar (Serial#: 1650177) today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    Acoustic Guitar
    Hardshell Case
Series Marquis Collection
Model D-28 Authentic 1931


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