Sonic Evaluation

To put it bluntly, this instrument will haunt me for a long, long time. If you like the tone of Brazilian rosewood and powerful dreadnought boom (and honestly, who doesn't?), it's hard to imagine a more ideal guitar than this one. It has a piano-like attack that gives way to glorious blooming resonance up across the board. The highs are sweet and full of glassy, shimmering overtones. The midrange is meaty, and it fills out more and more as you push the top harder. The low-end is howitzer-like, and it has the woody clarity you'd expect from a vintage instrument.

All in all, it's quite a marvelous Martin. It has rib-rattling power but it does not sacrifice clarity, and it sounds rich yet articulate. It's also dynamic enough for fingerstyle play, although it really shines when you strum away with a flatpick. Anyone looking for a Brazilian rosewood dreadnought should consider adding this lovely Lester Flatt D-28 to their quiver.

Condition Report

This glorious limited-edition Martin is in excellent condition, and it shows very few signs of use other than some light fret wear and play wear. There was a small crack on the center seam of the top by the butt of the guitar, but it was professionally repaired by the good people at Woodsongs Lutherie in Boulder and does not affect the instrument's tone. It comes with its original tweed hardshell Martin case.


Brand Used
ModelD-28LF Lester Flatt
Limited Series#8 of 50
Body TypeD-14 Fret
Top FinishPolished Gloss w/Vintage Toner
BracingSolid Sitka Spruce 5/16"
Top WoodSolid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides WoodSolid Brazilian Rosewood
BindingGrained Ivoroid
Neck WoodSolid Mahogany
Neck FinishSatin
Neck JointMahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Neck ShapeLow Profile
Neck Dimensions.830 1st - .870 9th
FingerboardSolid Black Ebony
Scale Length25.4''
Width at Nut1-11/16''
HeadstockSolid Indian Rosewood w/1960s Rounding of Corners
RosetteStyle 28
TunersGotoh Nickel with Oval Buttons
BridgeBlack Ebony
Saddle16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone, 2 1/8'' Spacing
CaseHardshell Case

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