Martin 000-28 Norman Blake
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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 wanted 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 Waverly 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 across all registers. Certainly one of Martin's best efforts.