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It Goes To 11: Steve Earle Marvels Over His 1935 Martin D-28, A Guitar That Chris Stapleton Inadvertently Pushed Him To Buy
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It Goes To 11: Steve Earle Marvels Over His 1935 Martin D-28, A Guitar That Chris Stapleton Inadvertently Pushed Him To Buy

Three-time GRAMMY winner Steve Earle sings the praises of his 1935 Martin D-28 and explains the taxing journey it took to own the esteemed guitar

GRAMMYs/Mar 9, 2022 - 06:56 pm

If your house was suddenly on fire, what items would you risk your safety to grab? For three-time GRAMMY winner Steve Earle, the decision is a no-brainer.

"If everything was blowing up, and I took one instrument, it'd be this 1935 [Martin] D-28," he says, proudly holding the acoustic guitar. 

In this episode of It Goes To 11, watch the multi-hyphenate folk star break down the importance of what he calls the "holy grail" of acoustic guitars.

Though Earle's prized instrument hasn't always been this particular Martin model — he owned the 1939 D-18 before Chris Stapleton unknowingly swiped it — the "Copperhead Road" singer ended up with a rare treasure. Today, resellers list the 1935 Martin D-28 for as much $150,000.

"They're not making them anymore exactly like this. Some of it has to do with the wood that this guitar is made from is largely extinct," Earle explains. "You can't build this guitar today, no matter how much money you put into it."

Hear Earle tell the fateful story of how he ended up with his classic Martin D-28 above, and make sure to check GRAMMY.com every Wednesday for new episodes of It Goes To 11.

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