1955 Martin 000-28 Guitar



Exceptional condition.  Original Lifton hard case.  SN: 142376.
Width at nut: 1 11/16″.   Pin Spacing; 2 3/16″.

This is an extremely original guitar. There are some very small repairs that we will discuss in detail further in. All original parts including bridge, tuners, frets, nut, pickguard and finish. Top is un-cracked except for hint of E-string pickguard crack. Brazilian rosewood back and sides are wonderful examples of quarter-sawn Brazilian wood. These are un-cracked. Mahogany neck has no problems, no break at headstock or heel, and has never had a strap button installed. The neck has never needed a reset, and does not need it now. Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay with Gabon ebony fingerboard. Graduated dot inlays in fingerboard. Gabon ebony belly bridge with cut-thru saddle. Boxwood bridge pins. Moderate one-player wear seen above pickguard and to the side of pickguard and bridge with a few random dings from handling on the top. Usual wear on the inside of soundhole rossette at pickguard has a coat of hand-applied sealer to stop further degradation. The sides of the guitar are in very high condition. The back is very nice, and only shows light button marks, and some light scratches.

Inside the guitar is an area of generous glue where a brace was reglued sometime long ago. The top is bound with 6-ply Ivoroid binding. Back has 3-ply Ivoroid binding. Ivoroid heelcap. Ivoroid multiple end wedge. Marquetry backstrip.
This is an amazingly nice guitar. Sound-wise it has great balance, big bottom end, big treble and great feel. It is very rare to see a 63 year old guitar with no back or top cracks and with original frets, nut and hardshell case.
And… to find one with the original Lifton hard case in great shape is very rare.