1947 D28 Martin Guitar
Serial # 101229

Sadly, during 2004 I parted with this fantastic guitar. It now has a very caring new owner.

Click Here to watch and listen to a TV performance by the Reno Brothers playing their Dad's guitar.
This is a .mpg format and will download and play a 15 meg file.
You can right click on the "Click Here", and do a "Save Tarket As", to save the movie clip on your hard drive.
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1947 D28 Martin Guitar
Serial # 101229

Originally purchased in 1950 by Don Reno

I purchased this guitar from Don's eldest son Ronnie in 1999.

You can see the high gloss finish on the top
Brazilian rosewood sides and back, scalloped braces, ebony fretboard, enclosed Kluson tuners with butter bean buttons, tortoise plastic pickguards, ebony bridge with long slot.

This guitar has a great project and volume for playing through a sound system and jam sessions alike. The sound is bright with great note separation for lead picking and rhythm

Playing this guitar you will not be drowned out in a jam session.

Bill Harrell holding it during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), conference at Louisville, KY during October 2000
The guitar is played by Don Wayne Reno and is on a guitar stand in the background throughout this video.
See The Reno Brothers site for more information on how to purchase this video.
This guitar has been played on too many recordings, too many TV shows, too many live performances and by too many professional performers to even begin to make a list. However, I will try and get an answer to a specific question regarding a particular performance or performer that this guitar may have been used by or at.
This is a good representation of the color of the brazilian rosewood. It is a beautiful brown. You won't find any better looking wood or color. The Brazilian rosewood is entirely straight grained with some beautiful highlights with plenty of book matched saw marks.
Side view
Original veneer on the headstock
The top crack here looks like grain that is darker rather than a crack
There is a crack here on the side. It is very difficult to see. The brightness here is glare from the sun.
As you can see the back is in perfect shape
Flawless work was performed when the new neck was installed.
This is original finish on the back and sides
Two cracks behind the bridge
Side view
Front view
Kluson tuners just like the originals. These are very smooth working tuners.
The edge of the hole is rough. The only thing I can think of is that Don Reno must have used banjo picks when he played guitar.
Just some beautiful wood
You can see the high gloss finish on the top
The binding has a few seperations from age.
A correct way of repairing cracks.
The Serial Number

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