1891 Martin 0-28
An opportunity to own a piece of history.
This is an amazing vintage Martin parlor guitar in the highly desirable single 0 size.
Solid Brazilian Rosewood sides and back with an extremely rare 042-style multi-colored back stripe.
Solid Adirondack Spruce top with bone binding ivory tailpiece, ivory and ebony rosette.
Red Cedar Neck with diamond volute.
This guitar has had 3 small top cracks repaired. 2.5″ of bone binding and 2 x 2.5″ sections of top herringbone replaced. Open head stock tuning machines replaced with Stewart MacDonald #2508 Golden Age restoration pre 1920′s tuners with engraved motif, aged nickel and ivroid buttons. Bridge pins replaced with Golden Age vintage ivroid pins. All restoration work done by Bill Asher of Asher Guitars, Culver City, California. All other aspects of the guitar are original including the ebony fret board, frets, ebony bridge, bone nut and saddle.
This guitar was made in June of 1891 and has the distinction of being one of a very few rare 028′s that was decorated with a multi-colored 042 zipper back stripe inlay as opposed to the black and white herringbone which was standard to the 028 at that time. This oddity was attributed to a possible delay in delivery of the German made herringbone which Martin used. (Info. courtesy of Dick Boak, Archivist at Martin Guitars). The guitar was first purchased new in New York City. It was handed down from the original owner to his son and from the son to a granddaughter who had some minor repair work done in the 1950′s and then from the granddaughter to a great-granddaughter. All of them played it and it was played consistently from 1891 until 2011, when it sustained some top damage and was cased until restoration in 2014. This guitar has been inspected and played by Jessica Heuber, AKA “The Martin Lady”, of McCabe’s Guitars in Santa Monica and she commented that “it has a particularly rich and amazing tone quality” compared to similar guitars she has heard. Incredible tone and feel, ready to play.
All reasonable offers will be considered.