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Peghead Nation Flatpicking Guitar instructor Scott Nygaard demos his 1956 Martin D-28.

by Scott Nygaard
December 01, 2014

I’ve had this Martin D-28 for almost 30 years. I got it from guitarist John Miller, when we were both living in Seattle. John had been scouring the want ads for old guitars, and found a couple of old dreadnoughts, including this one and an early-’40s D-28. Not being a dreadnought player, he agreed to sell this guitar to me, and I’ve been playing it regularly ever since, although I don’t always like to entrust the airlines with it, so I’ve often traveled with other guitars. I used it on all of my albums, as well as recordings I was sideman on, like Jerry Douglas’s Slide Rule, Tim O’Brien’s Red on Blonde, Chris Thile’s Leading Off, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, John Reischman’s North of the Border, and the Grammy-winning tribute to Bill Monroe, True Life Blues.

It has standard D-28 specs: Brazilian rosewood back and sides, 1 11/16 nut width, etc. I’ve used a number of pickup systems in it over the years, starting with a Fishman undersaddle pickup that I had installed in 1989, and it currently has an L.R. Baggs Lyric internal microphone.

Tags: Guitar, Vintage
Category: Instruments & Gear

Comments and Discussion

Posted by Robert den Hartog de Wilde on
Mister Nygaard, thank you for sharing this guitar with us and thank you for your music. About the guitar, can you tell us anything about the bracing on the guitar? Is it forward shifted, backward shifted or regular position as they are built now? Are the braces tapered, scalloped or standard? Have the braces been modified that you know of?

Kind regards,

Robert den Hartog
Posted by Scottnyg on
Not for sale, sorry. We don't sell instruments.

Scott Nygaard
Editor and Co-Founder
Peghead Nation
Posted by Mawusi Tawia on
Is this Guitar for sale? Can't seem to find price anywhere
Posted by Scottnyg on
I've been using D'Addario medium-gauge phosphor bronze on that guitar for as long as I've had it.
Posted by george lange on
Nice guitar what kind of strings do you use fro your Martin and what thickness?
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