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My new old Martin

S. Weiger

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Thanks for the kind words. ❤️ I never thought I would own such a great Martin.
In my country the old ones are not exactly in abundance lol, and the few vintage Martins I've had the opportunity to try out were mint-ish, -hence too expensive for me, plus the "anxiety factor" of a museum condition guitar would always prevent me from enjoying it in full, due to fear of scratching it. This D-28 ticks all the right boxes, including wear from being used a lot over the years. :)
 

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Doesn't get much better than that! beautifil!
Thanks :)
For a D size acoustic, the Martin brand has always been my favourite, new & vintage. In 1962, I think style 28 was "the best" for the D model, as the style 45 was only reintroduced in 1968. A whole different animal, for better & worse.
 

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Thanks :)
For a D size acoustic, the Martin brand has always been my favourite, new & vintage. In 1962, I think style 28 was "the best" for the D model, as the style 45 was only reintroduced in 1968. A whole different animal, for better & worse.
I have a D-41, and it looks great, but the 28s always seem to sound better. I think all that inlay weights the top down or something.
 

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I have a D-41, and it looks great, but the 28s always seem to sound better. I think all that inlay weights the top down or something.
WoW, almost as fancy as style 45.. from what year is your D41 ?
 

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It's not that old. IIRC I bought it in the early 2000s. It was $1000 and I had always wanted one. It's a really great looking guitar and plays great. My '59 is the better sounding instrument, but they sound really nice together.

This is an old pic of both of them.

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Congrats on that beautiful Martin. Made the year I was born--amazing to think that guitar is 62 years old. I bought a vintage reissue HD-28 in 1996, and it's seen a lot of action but gets sweeter every year. I can imagine that an actual 62 is just about as sweet a Martin as you could get.
 

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Congrats on that beautiful Martin. Made the year I was born--amazing to think that guitar is 62 years old. I bought a vintage reissue HD-28 in 1996, and it's seen a lot of action but gets sweeter every year. I can imagine that an actual 62 is just about as sweet a Martin as you could get.
Thank you :)

The Pre-war Martins are considered the top of the Martin top shelf, 1937 being the most desirable year as I understand it. These masterpieces can fetch same price as half a 1959 Burst nowadays. Never seen or tried one, I live on the other side of the big river so there's most certainly very, very few of those over here.
The better features with Martins up until mid-1964 should be the construction method with real hide glue, and T-bar truss rod. That changed with the new Nazareth plant after mid-64.
 

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Thank you :)

The Pre-war Martins are considered the top of the Martin top shelf, 1937 being the most desirable year as I understand it. These masterpieces can fetch same price as half a 1959 Burst nowadays. Never seen or tried one, I live on the other side of the big river so there's most certainly very, very few of those over here.
The better features with Martins up until mid-1964 should be the construction method with real hide glue, and T-bar truss rod. That changed with the new Nazareth plant after mid-64.
A real 1937 D28 shade top is actually about the same as a 1959 les Paul burst. They’re both now in the 200-400k range
 

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A real 1937 D28 shade top is actually about the same as a 1959 les Paul burst. They’re both now in the 200-400k range
Those are insanely rare. A 1941 clear adirondack top D-28 can be had for 135K

 

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Those are insanely rare. A 1941 clear adirondack top D-28 can be had for 135K

They’re both insanely rare. 41 is a completely different year and not a shade top. A 1959 burst is also super rare. A 1961 standard top les Paul is also going to be alot cheaper
 

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Similar price drop for just two years later
 

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They’re both insanely rare. 41 is a completely different year and not a shade top. A 1959 burst is also super rare. A 1961 standard top les Paul is also going to be alot cheaper
Completely different how?
And yes, there are not many 1959 Bursts (643). Don't know how many Prewar D28's were made?
 

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Completely different how?
And yes, there are not many 1959 Bursts (643). Don't know how many Prewar D28's were made?
Dude the year matters for Martin collectors too, not just les Paul collectors lol. You can’t just lump all pre war years together. There’s differences in bracing position , neck shape and width , etc
 

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Dude the year matters for Martin collectors too, not just les Paul collectors lol. You can’t just lump all pre war years together. There’s differences in bracing position , neck shape and width , etc
That, IMO, does not make "41 a completely different year" as you wrote .. Dude!
BTW My comparison you quoted was just a general chat between me & member ch willie when you jumped in with your wise guy arguments re. prices & year differences, ..dude! :cool: ✌️

Nevertheless, I'm totally happy with my 1962 D-28.
 
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