Martin Golden Era 00028 1996


Pastor Stones 00028 


1996 Martin OOO-28 12-Fret Golden Era Limited Edition #104

The Martin OOO-28 12-fret represents the second in a series of faithful vintage Golden Era recreations.  The concept of Golden era guitars refers to the vintage Martin instruments made prior to World War II.

During that pre-war era, Martin's celebrated and unique blend of well chosen materials, optimized design, and handcrafted construction created what many collectors and guitar experts believe to be the finest acoustic stringed instruments ever made.

Gradually over the past 20 years, Martin has reintroduced many of the individual styles and features of those pre-war instruments.  The return of the vintage attributes to production has been received well by the guitar playing community, including references to this period as Martin's 2nd Golden Era.  The idea for a specific Golden Era Series has challenged Martin to recreate, as faithfully as possible, models that have long since become legendary.

The 1996 000-28 12 Fret Limited Edition Golden era draws its inspiration from an obscure but highly sought after pre-war Martin size and style.  The graceful 000 12-fret body shape, with a slightly wider 1 13/16" neck width at the nut, is particularly suited for guitarists who favor more delicate fingerstyle techniques.

A bookmatched sitka spruce top is braced with the original pre-war scalloped X-brace pattern, shifted to a position 1" from the soundhole.  Linen reinforcement strips have been glued in regular intervals along the interior surface of the Indian Rosewood sides, to further strengthen the body.  The two-piece back, also fashioned from solid Indian Rosewood, features the traditional Zig-Zag back inlay strip.