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2005 Martin 000-28 Norman Blake


Soundboard: Adirondack Spruce
Back/Sides: East Indian Rosewood
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Bracewood: Adirondack Spruce


Body Style: 000
Bracing: Unique Scalloped
Neck Profile: Modified V
Headstock: Slothead
Cutaway: None
Scale Length: 24.9"
Frets to Body: 12
Nut Width: 1 13/16"
Width at Bridge: 2 3/8"
Body Depth: 4"


Inlay: Diamond & Squares
Headplate: Ebony
Tuners: Waverly w/Ivoroid
Binding: Ivoroid
Backstrip: Zig-Zag
Rosette: Line
Purfling: Herringbone
Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise
Nut: Bone
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins: Fossil Ivory
Electronics: None
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Case: Original Hard



Norman Blake has inspired special signature guitars from several makers, and Martin had to get in on the action. Norman's clout at Martin is evident in the way he got them to step outside the comfort zone with this one....where to start? A long scale, 12 fret, wide neck 000 with a 00 soundhole, specially-designed 1/4" scalloped get the idea. This one's special. Definitely a fingerstyle guitar at heart, the spacing gives you plenty of room to dig in. The tone is as unique as the specs on the guitar would suggest, but it's safe to say that it pays homage to the vintage Martin instruments from which it takes many of its design elements and it gives a full bass response and plenty of volume that's well-suited to a number of acoustic music styles. A couple top dings and a spot of flaked finish on the lower bout of the bass side keep this one from being mint, but if you're looking for a cool Martin model that's been played in but is still in excellent condition, here's your guitar!