This 000-28 missed getting started in 1949 by just 73 serial numbers, so it's from the first batch of this model made in 1950 and it's led a charmed life ever since. Seventy-four years later it still has it's original finish throughout, all its original parts, and the only cracks are the slight pulls in the top from the original celluloid pickguard shrinking with time. We've known this particular guitar for years, and Gryphon gave it a neck reset and refret in 2006. With this latest visit to our shop the pickguard was released and reglued, which allowed the shrinkage cracks to close naturally. The surface wear to the finish is easy to gauge from Kate's photos, and the inside of the body is even more original than its exterior (including the bridge plate). If you like your vintage Martin to show honest wear, state-of-the-art maintenance, but nothing else this example checks all those boxes. Another plus is what appears to be the original Lifton case.