Exc+ condition / SN:693360
1-13/16″ at nut / 2-3/8″ pins
25.4″ scale / 12-fret, slotted headstock
This 1999 Martin 000-28 VS harks back to the period between about 1924 and 1930. During this period many, if not most, Martin guitar models were built with 12-fret neck joints and slotted headstocks. Also many had 1-13/16″ width at nut and 2-3/8″ pin spacing. These original guitars are treasured today for their utility, beautiful craftsmanship and tone. The wider widths at nut and bridge pins are quite useful to fingerpickers for a cleaner feel for both hands.
Rosewood body with Spruce top and Mahogany neck. Rosewood peghead overlay has CFMartin logo decal at top of slotted headstock, Nickel Waverly open-back pre-war style tuners with 3-lobed metal buttons. Back of peghead shows the traditional diamond volute in back. Bone nut. Gabon Ebony fingerboard has small abalone cut diamond inlays.
Neck profile has a pre-war feel, with more pronounced Vee profile near nut, and less Vee prominance as you continue down toward the heel.
Frets show slight wear, but no deep V-dents.
The body is bound with Ivoroid bindings around top and back edges and Ivoroid heel cap and end wedge. Top binding has wooden herringbone purflings inside top edge.
Back binding has same Ivoroid outer bindings, but with black accent line seen from the back.
Rosewood back has traditional “Zipper” wooden marquetry strip running along centerline of the back.
The Spruce top is a high grade silky piece of Sitka Spruce. The soundhole rosette is a handsome continuation of the Ivoroid binding motif, but in concentric circles. Gabon Ebony pyramid bridge with cut-through saddle. Cream bridge pins and end pin, all with dark dots.
This is a great guitar. The sound is very solid, with good balance up and down the neck and across the fingerboard. The long scale length ensures a quick, sure attack. Good volume, good warmth.
Comes with OHC.