SOLD - Martin 7-28 1981 Short Scale D-28

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Just in, a surprisingly huge sounding 7-28 from the first year that Martin produced this model. 

The guitar is 1/8 smaller than a full sized D28, but with all the same appointments.  It is said that Martin first produced these guitars for the Japanese market.  The model never took hold there but has gained popularity in the US and elsewhere, thus the model is still produced today.

All solid woods were used to make the instrument: solid spruce top with aging toner finish, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood headstock overlay, ebony fretboard and ebony bridge.  

The guitar could be considered a travel instrument, however the case is full size with factory installed pads to house it safely.

Don't let the diminutive size fool you, it sounds beautiful and plays great!

The guitar is all original and in excellent condition (or better!).  The saddle is low, having been shaved down to keep action low.  The saddle could be higher in my opinion, but the guitar does play very low as is with no fretting issues.  Frets are original and appear to have possibly been milled once. There is some light checking, some superficial dings here and there and general signs of handling but not of abuse.  One checking line on the top appears to be a very small crack but it does not go through the top and there is no motion along the top in this area or any repair on the inside.

There are two small dings where the neck and headstock transition that are slighter indentations than the pictures make them seem, and there was a strap button on the neck heel, so there is a hole there from the strap button screw.

The case is original, missing the Martin logo, but otherwise operable to carry and protect the guitar as it should.


  • Body: Solid Rosewood and Spruce
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with pearl dots
  • Frets: 20, Original, milled in the past
  • Nut width: 1 5/8", original nut
  • Scale: 23"
  • Bridge: Original Ebony with low saddle
  • Pickguard: Original
  • Tuners: Original
  • In the case: Nothing...


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