This guitar is based on the original 12-fret design that first made in 1916 and which has been available in very limited quantities at various times. New ones are currently available in the UK for £3700. Unlike the more usual 14-fret dreadnought, it is a round-shouldered design, with the neck joining the body at the 12th fret, and a slotted rather than solid peghead.
It’s a great player – loud, well-balanced, with sparkling trebles and the bass end that the best Martin dreads are renowned for. This is an absolute monster for strummed accompaniment, but also works very well for fingerstyle, and it’s quite often a favourite with singer-songwriters – Paul Simon is pictured with a similar guitar (although that was a 35 not a 28) on the cover of Live Rhymin’. This is partly because it has a wider fingerboard than more recent designs – approx. 1 ¾" wide at the nut, which makes for better string separation.
This guitar is in excellent playing condition - low action, with no rattles and fingerboard and frets are in excellent shape. A few very small dings but nothing very visible or unsightly. It's had a recent setup, and there's plenty of height left on the original saddle. It doesn't need a neck reset.
With original case - in good condition albeit a bit grubby on the outside.