C.F. Martin 000-28 NB Custom
One of the
most amazing Martin guitars I had the chance to play was the Norman
Blake 000-28 model. When the time came that I could actually buy
one, I want something just a little more "special". So I
ordered a Martin Custom, based on the stock 000-28 Norman Blake.
The modifications included relocation of the 2nd main brace by 3/4 inch
as recommended to me by a long time Martin player. Plus cosmetic
upgrades to open gear chrome Weaverly individual tuners, 35-style rear
strip, gloss neck and headstock, and stamped neck block that just says
"Custom". The amazing sound of this instrument pumps
from a 14 fret 000 body of Spruce and Rosewood, mated to a 12-fret neck
with nutwidth of 1-3/4 inches and a beautiful slotted headstock.
Bone nut and saddle are of course standard. The herringbone
binding and finish detail is perfectly done. This instrument puts
out a big, but delicate sound accross all registers. Certainly one
of Martin's best efforts.