1971 D12-28 (SN. 292634) - AS-IS

Built in the latter part of 1971, this D12-28 would have been one of the best 12-string guitars available at the time.With the exception of Guild, there were few production 12-strings that would have enjoyed as much popularity or have been as revered as those made by Martin.  In fact, to this day, the Martin 12-string voicing is quite unique and a thing unto itself. Much of this has to do with how the signature Martin tone influences the innate characteristics of 12-string guitars.  In effect it is the marriage of brilliance and shimmering presence (true of just about any 12-string) with a well-supported, rich low end and midrange (Martin’s signature tonal sauce).  This enhanced low end and firm note foundation simultaneously contributes both clarity/definition as well as roundness/warmth to the note that remains intact when the guitar is played more aggressively.  Thus, Martin 12-strings, like this D12-28, offer a voice that much more dynamic and robust with more dimension than the typical 12-string jangle. For those seeking this darker, earthier 12-string presence, there are few others that will compete.

Please note that this particular D12-28 is being sold AS-IS, and it is therefore a non-returnable item.  The guitar definitely shows signs of previous repairs, including some overspray.  Though the action is workable in the first positions, the action measures approximately 1/32” high across the board at the 12th fret with essentially no saddle material to work with at the bridge—this indicates that the guitar would need a neck reset to be setup to spec. Even so, the guitar has a lot of potential and it would make a great project for a repairman cutting their teeth or it would be a great tool for any player who is willing to invest in the necessary repairs to make the guitar its best. That all said, please take a moment to review the bulleted comments with regard to condition below, and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Condition Notes

· Though non-adjustable with the 3/8” hollow tube reinforcement that was standard at the time,neck is overall passably straight.We note that the relief is subtly greater than the ideal near-zero gap at the 7th fret, but it is again passable in its present state—compression fretting and/or heat treatment could potentially eliminate this additional relief if one wanted to chase it, but it is again pretty subtle. Otherwise, that relief that is present is uniform on both the treble and bass sides.

· The actionat the 12th fret presently measures a fat 4/32” on the low E and right at 3/32” on the high E (typical 12-string spec would be 5/64” to as much as 3/32” on the low E and 2/32” on the high E).  Unfortunately, there is little saddle to work with, so the guitar would benefit from a neck reset.

· There is fairly decent fret material remaining, so a refret might not be necessary in the event of a neck reset; however, it is typically advised to do so, as there is an opportunity to re-plane the fingerboard and possibly address the relief if one is going to the trouble of removing the neck!

· There is evidence of a full-body overspray.  This was likely done some time ago as the finish from the overspray has aged.  We also note some finish checking, particularly on the guitar’s side on the treble side lower bout. Additionally, there are points of finish blistering along the edge of the neck at the fingerboard and also on the top and corners of the headstock.

· There are several long top repaired cracks that extend from the bridge to the butt of the guitar.  These appear to have been repaired prior to the overspray.  Otherwise, there are  back or side cracks.

· The pickguard appears to have been replaced with an oversized Martin replacement.

· There is an unaddressed crack extending from the bass side of the fingerboard tongue to soundhole.

· There are various bumps, scuffs, and dings that are consistent with the age of the guitar and regular use.

· IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE: While it is of the period, the case that accompanies this guitar is not really fitted for a 12-string as the headstock compartment doesn’t allow clearance for the elongated headstock. Thus, the guitar will only fit when it is worked in headstock first!  Though not oppressive, the case does have a less-than-wonderful odor. With this all in mind, we would recommend replacing the case!



Specs and Features


· Dreadnought Body Size

· Solid Sitka Spruce Top

· Non-scalloped Sitka Spruce X-Brace (5/16”)

· Indian Rosewood Back and Sides

· White Binding and Endpiece

· Five-ply Top Purfling

· Style 28 3-Ring Rosette

· Gloss Finish (Oversprayed)

· Solid Mahogany Neck with Dovetail Neck Joint

· C-Shape Neck Carve

· 14-Frets Clear of the Body

· Ebony Fingerboard

· Mother of Pearl Dot Fingerboard Inlay

· Indian Rosewood Headstock Veneer

· Script Overlay Headstock Logo

· Ebony Bridge

· White Plastic Bridge Pins with Black Dots

· Grover Slimline 12-String Tuners

· Black Plastic Pickguard (Factory Replacement) ‘

· Bone Nut

· Compensated Bone Saddle (16” Radius)

· 1 7/8” Nut Width

· 2 5/16” String Spacing at the Bridge

· 25 1/2” Scale Length

· Arched Top Hard Case (Black Exterior/Yellow Plush Interior)


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Listed4 days ago
ConditionPoor (Used)
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  • D12-28
  • Natural
  • 1971
Made In
  • United States
Number of Strings
  • 12-String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Dreadnought
Back Material
  • Rosewood
Sides Material
  • Rosewood
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Top Material
  • Spruce
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony

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