You never know what a patient is going to bring in...

JMintzer

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So, I often talk to my patients about hobbies, their lives, etc...

I have one patient who told me about some old guns and a guitar she had from her late husband... The guns were all sold to a relative (never found out exactly what they were), and the guitar had been in a closet for ever. I mentioned that if she wanted, she could bring in the guitar and I'd check it out for her. She had no idea of the make/model...

So today, she walks in with a 1953 Martin D-28 in very good condition. Typical play wear (some buckle rash, pick wear around the sound hole), non-original case and 2 of the bridge pins are much smaller and a different color. Either 4 have been replace, or two have, not sure which. No cracks seen in the body, top or bridge, and just a hint of pick guard curling by the E-string...

The action is perfect, all the tuners work just fine, no neck reset needed. The frets are smaller (not sure if they've been leveled or not), but there is no buzzing or fret-out noted...

All in all a gorgeous example of a post war Brazilian D-28...

I told her I'd take it to a local vintage dealer to get an appraisal... I just may wind up buying it myself!

Oh, and here's the best part... She said there is also an electric guitar at home... Bought around the same time... She's bringing that in at next appointment...
 

stevieboy

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Did he buy the Martin new? Maybe "bought around the same time" doesn't mean quite the same as some are hoping for.

Okay, I'm hoping too! An ES350 would be cool, not the same $ value as some other possibilities. Then again, more affordable for someone who might be interested in making her an offer.
 

JMintzer

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And upon closer examination, it does have the typical hairline crack in the top, due to the pick guard shrinkage, just under the E-string, by the bridge.

My '76 D-35 had the same crack, and it was repaired by Martin, under warranty...
 

Boomstick

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Reminds me when I was a teenager taking a guitar lesson. While I was in the music store I took lessons in, someone walked in with a dusty old guitar case and told the shop owner that they found this thing in their attic, could he lower the action on it. It was a pre-1900 Martin.
 

shallbe

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Reminds me when I was a teenager taking a guitar lesson. While I was in the music store I took lessons in, someone walked in with a dusty old guitar case and told the shop owner that they found this thing in their attic, could he lower the action on it. It was a pre-1900 Martin.

When I was teaching guitar in the 80's. I had a student come in and want to sell a relative's guitar. Early 60's Strat, rosewood board, fiesta red, amazing condition----all stock except the bridge pickup had been changed to a Bill Lawrence blade type. $500. No... how about $450? I was a poor college student, so I couldn't do it. It was sold the same afternoon.
 




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