The guitar must have lived it's life in a not so dry climate because there is only 1 very small crack approximately 3 3/4 long that comes off the bottom on the top of the guitar (very rare not to see several cracks in these). The 1 crack is a very minor one because it does not run up to the bridge and is closed perfectly and neat.
Most guitars of this period were of the solid peg head variety with friction tuners but this one is the slot head with beautiful old world engraved brass machine tuners and bone buttons. The button for the B string tuner was missing and I had a reproduction one made for it. The tuners work very smoothly and are very ornate to look at. The original bar frets have much life left in them and only minor fingerboard divits in the first 2 positions.
The bridge is the correct size and old but as I said, I suspect it to be a replacement because I would expect to see the pyramids carved on the ends. The neck width at the nut is 1 7/8. A V shaped Cedar neck, 12 frets to the body.
Adirondack Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back, sides, PH overlay, Ebony Finger board and bridge. Finish is remarkable on this guitar considering all the tunes played on it.
The finish is the original varnish with no touch up or overspray anywhere and worn quite a lot in the area where a pick guard would be but other than that, there is scarcely any signs of wear. Amazingly the back has scarcely any buckle rash, the sides are also very clean. The inside is nice and clean and original including the bridge plate. Action is very good with a fresh pro neck set that has only 3/32 clearance between the E 6th string and fret at the 12th fret.
And lastly, the guitar just sounds like your ringing a bell, so clear and well defined tones all across and plenty volume with light gauge Silk and Steel strings. She really is a sweetie to play and hear besides being a piece of guitar history. I honestly can't imagine many being out there that are preserved this well. Does not have it's original case, only a generic soft case.
I have described openly everything that comes to mind at this time. However, if anything is unclear or unanswered don't hesitate to ask and I will answer completely honest and to the best of my ability and knowledge. I have been dealing in vintage instruments since 1967. Please study the pictures and description as thoroughly as you can and ask any questions you might be in doubt about so that you can feel at ease about the guitar.
Please add 3% if paid with pay pal. The item "1894 New York Martin 0-28 Acoustic Guitar, in Remarkable Condition" is in sale since Tuesday, November 01, 2016. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "23flowerpot" and is located in Hillsboro, Missouri.
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