'81 Martin 7-28 7/8 scale D-28 !!!!

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Texsunburst59, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    I found this guitar at a pawnshop about 2 weeks ago and put it on layaway.

    I'd NEVER head or seen this Martin model in my life until the day I ran into it.

    The store basically gave it to me under wholesale, so I got a killer deal on it.

    I took some pics yesterday before the sun went down.

    I installed some D'addario Phospher Bronze strings, and the guitar sounds amazing.

    Being that this is a Mini D-28, it obviously doesn't have the huge bass bottom end, but it does have a more balance tone with less bass and more mids and highs.

    To me, it sounds bigger than I thought it would sound,with more of a Martin 00 style tone.

    My '81 Martin 7-28 7/8 scale D-28:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    SRT2011, monty, SciFlyer and 6 others like this.
  2. quilsaw

    quilsaw Member

    Messages:
    1,130
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2014
    Location:
    Olympic Peninsula
    very cool, don't remember seeing this model before...
     
    Texsunburst59 likes this.
  3. Bluedano1

    Bluedano1 Member

    Messages:
    6,980
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2009
    Location:
    Manassas, VA (Wash.D.C. suburb)
    Beautiful
    Are you able ( sometime) to photo your guitar next to full size D-28?
     
    Steadfastly and Texsunburst59 like this.
  4. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    19,324
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2002
    Location:
    banana republic
    Very cool! What is the scale length?
     
    Texsunburst59 likes this.
  5. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    23" scale
     
  6. guitararmy

    guitararmy Member

    Messages:
    2,490
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2007
    Location:
    The Mountain State
    Texsunburst59 likes this.
  7. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
  8. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    19,324
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2002
    Location:
    banana republic
    Is the nut on yours narrow, too? I saw a comment that some were 1 5/8, others 1 3/4.

    This is the sort of guitar that would be fun to put very light strings on and tune up. I used to have a Larrivee Parlor that I kept tuned F# to F# with .010s. A different voice for composing.
     
  9. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast

    This one is the original 1 5/8", so it just a little tight at the nut.

    Most of the new Martin Custom ordered 7-28's are ordered with the 1 3/4" for that extra space.
     
    Bryan T likes this.
  10. Parlorman

    Parlorman Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,361
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    That’s very cool. I collect parlor guitars and have never seen one of those.
     
    Texsunburst59 likes this.
  11. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Thanks Parlorman.

    I thought I'd seen most models of Martins over the years, but I also knew these existed until I stumbled upon this one.

    My son finally got to play the guitar last night to the first time.

    He's an amazing guitarist and has played a ton of top end acoustics.

    He said that this was the best sounding Martin HE's ever played .

    Martin's he's played that the really fat bottom end that overpowered the mids and highs, but this guitar had a really balanced tone.

    He is going to do a couple of videos and will post them on Youtube.

    I'll try to get them on here when he's done.
     
    monty likes this.
  12. Steadfastly

    Steadfastly Member

    Messages:
    1,251
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    Location:
    Minto, NB
    Yes, 1 5/8" is pretty narrow for an acoustic. More and more mfrs. are going to 1 3/4".
     
    Texsunburst59 likes this.
  13. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Since my hands aren't particularly big, the nut size isn't an issue for me.

    The guitar feels and plays great, but for guys with big hands, it would be an issue.

    I can see where the newer custom ordered Martin 7-28's are being made with the 1 3/4, which makes perfect sense.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2020
    Steadfastly likes this.
  14. Jaddy

    Jaddy Member

    Messages:
    595
    Joined:
    May 17, 2005
    Location:
    Canada
    Not only a beautiful guitar, but you seem to live in paradise too!
     
    Texsunburst59 likes this.
  15. stephenT

    stephenT Member

    Messages:
    2,384
    Joined:
    May 20, 2005
    Location:
    North GA USA
    Congrats!

    if they made a Martin D jr (or whatever they call it now) w/ rosewood back and sides I'd be a buyer. extra points for actual wood fingerboard and bridge. All my guitars are around a 00 size but for the D Jr, which for $450 new (what I paid) is a fantastic guitar. Solid wood, thin finish, 1 3/4ths nut.
     
    Texsunburst59 likes this.
  16. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Thanks Stephen.

    I've never tried a Martin D Jr. before.

    When all this Covid19 is behind us, and it's safe to go out again, I'm going to take my 7-28 to a guitar shop and A/B it with the D Jr.

    I'd really like to hear the difference.

    I'm also curious how much a difference in playability the 1 3/4" nut makes versus the 1 5/8".
     
  17. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Here's a quick video my son did showcasing the 7-28.

    I think the tone sounds really good.

     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2020
  18. stephenT

    stephenT Member

    Messages:
    2,384
    Joined:
    May 20, 2005
    Location:
    North GA USA
    I like to think I got a great D Jr. And to be frank, I've played D-18s that didn't sound as good,.. and many that were way better of course.

    But your 7-28 sounds fabulous on that track! Very balanced from what I can tell and fat treble strings. If I had it I'd replace the nut w/ wider string spacing (as possible w/o string pull off on the E strings) and play!

     
  19. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Messages:
    4,735
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Thanks Stephen.

    I thinks the track does sound really good.

    I've already been thinking about getting the nut changed just to get a little more room.

    I've got a guy who could do that for me for hardly anything.

    If it can make this guitar more playable, then I think it would be a good thing.
     
  20. SRT2011

    SRT2011 Member

    Messages:
    1,022
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2016
    The guitar sounds great and very nice playing by your son. Nice Find TB59!
     
    Texsunburst59 likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice