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Custom CS-D28-12 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The CS-D28-12 is a gorgeous 14-fret dreadnought highlighted by its Cocobolo back and sides, and Adirondack spruce top. Cocobolo is a rare and dense tonewood from Mexico that delivers beautiful bell-li... Read More

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The CS-D28-12 is a gorgeous 14-fret dreadnought highlighted by its Cocobolo back and sides, and Adirondack spruce top. Cocobolo is a rare and dense tonewood from Mexico that delivers beautiful bell-like tones. The custom model features two way trussrod, forward shifted and scalloped bracing along with herringbone trim. Also included on the CS-D28-12 and new for 2012 is the Custom Shop Thin Finish package. This nitrocellulose finish is 40% thinner than the standard C.F. Martin nitrocellulose finish. Only 125 of these instruments will be made for the world in 2012.

  • D-14 size
  • Solid Adirondack spruce top
  • Solid Cocobolo back and sides
  • Standard ''X'' scalloped top bracing
  • Solid black ebony fingerboard
  • Model: CS-D28-12
  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 28
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Golden Era Style), Forward Shifted
  • Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material: Solid Cocobolo
  • Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
  • Side Material: Solid Cocobolo
  • Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
  • Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Fiber
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: Black/White Fiber
  • Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Special Shape / Hand Carved
  • Nut Material: Fossilized Ivory
  • Headstock: Solid/Long Diamond/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Solid Cocobolo
  • Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamond & Squares - Long Pattern (Golden Era Style)
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss / Thin Finish
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss / Thin Finish
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Long Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Fossilized Ivory
  • Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel Open-Gear w/ Butterbean Knobs
  • Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins: Fossilized Ivory w/ Black Dots
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: Geib style - Custom Shop
  • Interior Label: none
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Gorgeous sound. Modest, yet striking looks.


from Alexandria, VA

Comments about Martin Custom CS-D28-12 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I went into GC last weekend to look at D41's and D42's, and ended up coming back home with this beautiful instrument. The tone from the Cocobolo back and Adirondack spruce top is incredible. Very clear highs, booming lows. All in all this guitar can play as loud of as soft as you want to go, and it holds perfect balance at any volume. Very modest looks (with the exception of the beautiful grain of the wood) makes it even better --- tasteful fretboard inlays, and none of the ugly hexagons from the d45 and d41. If you're going to PLAY and not just COLLECT, pay more for the wood and less for the inlays. It's quite simply the best sounding guitar that I've ever picked up.

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