Arnold D-28, Indian Rosewood & Engelmann Spruce - Pre-Owned


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Tennessee guitar maker John Arnold doesn't have an official website. But with top tier guitarists playing his instruments, and his work being lauded on forums, videos, and Fretboard Journal articles, it's safe to say John's a builder who doesn't need to fuss with self-promotion. A master of building Golden Era-inspired guitars, this D-28 has the rosewood dreadnought tone you dream of. Big, woody, complex yet restrained, it has the powerfully direct voice that can pivot seamlessly between blazing leads and driving rhythm. The neck profile is very much like that of a pre-war Martin, with that organic slight V carve that fits into the hand naturally, and a worn-in matte finish.

John initially built this guitar for Carl Caldwell, who sold it to John Bowman during his time with Alison Krauss. It traveled through a few more hands before landing with us. The label on the inside was signed by John, Tony Rice, and a third person whose name we can't make out!

After over 30 years out in the wild, it comes to us in "player grade" shape. A finish blotch and numerous indentations from buttons decorate the back, and some more significant dings appear on the sides and top. Especially worth noting is a ding/scrape on the top lower bout treble side, along with a well-repaired crack/split. But it's been maintained, and structurally feels and plays wonderfully. Feel free to reach out to Kim for more details.

  • Model: Dreadnought
  • Top: Engelmann spruce
  • Back and sides: Indian rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany with diamond volute
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony, belly-style, with cut-through saddle
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • String spacing: 2-1/8"
  • Serial number: 20
  • Build year: 1988
  • Case: Hardshell


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