1967 Martin D-28

In February 1968, the Beatles went to India for an extended visit to learn more about “mediation.”  Photographs reveal John Lennon with his 1965 Martin D-28 and Paul McCartney with a newly acquired 1967 Martin D-28 flattop guitar.
C.F. Martin & Company was established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. The company's headquarters and primary factory are situated in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. It’s notable that the company has been run by the Martin family throughout its entire history. Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars and is a leading mass-manufacturer of flattop acoustics. The Martin Company has, arguably, been credited for developing the “X-bracing” system during the 1850s. Although C. F. Martin did not apply for a patent on this bracing system, the Martin Company was most certainly the first to use X-bracing on a large scale.
Martin flattop guitars were built in a variety of sizes. The D-28 (D for Dreadnaught and 28 representing the style number) is considered the Dreadnought by which all others are measured. This model has been a favorite of musicians such as Hank Williams Sr., Elvis Presley and Jimmy Page. It’s easy to understand that the booming bass response balanced with clear highs makes the D-28 a benchmark acoustic guitar.
The 1967 D-28 had the following specs: 25.4" scale; Dreadnaught size body; double bound; Black/White binding; heavier X-bracing (to enable heavier gauge strings); narrow chain-link back stripes; 1-11/16" nut; spruce top; Brazilian rosewood back and sides; 14 fret mahogany neck; ebony finger board; large graduated sized dot inlays; 20 frets; ebony “belly” bridge; "snake eye" bridge pins with tortoise shell (red) dots inlayed; short bridge saddle, referred to as the "drop-in" bridge saddle; silkscreened "CF Martin & Co, Est. 1833" peg head logo; “C.F. Martin & Co, Narareth Pa” stamp with "MADE IN U.S.A." designation on the center back strip (visible through the sound hole); Grover Rotomatic tuners; black plastic pick guard; and serial number stamped inside on neck block.
Although McCartney’s D-28 was a right-handed model, he had it set up for left-handed playing. While in India, both Lennon and McCartney would use their flattops to compose most of the songs for their next release, known as the “White” album. Indeed, the D-28’s quickly took their place alongside the group’s Gibson J-160E’s on Beatles recordings.
The vintage 1967 Martin D-28 in our collection is identical to Paul McCartney’s guitar including left-handed set up.

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Lennon and McCartney in India with their Martin D-28 guitars.

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McCartney in the studio with his Martin D-28.
McCartney in the sunshine with his Martin D-28.