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Old 04-01-2014, 03:31 PM   #1
shawn g
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Default HD-28 Cryogenic

Just bought a mint '95 Martin HD-28, and the head block shows the marking "CYROGENIC" right above the serial number (see attached photo). I could find nothing on the web about this and contacted Customer Service at Martin and, after a little digging around, got this response:

"Fortunately for you, people tend to stay here for a long time! The guy who was in R&D at the time is now on his 41st year and remembers doing this. It was around the time we were experimenting with Cryogenic strings and decided to have the vendor freeze at least the top and the frets. It probably never should have left the building but some protos were offered to dealers as rewards and others were sold in employee proto sales. It could have come to you from either avenue."

I bought this guitar to play, but now I wonder whether the fact that it is an experimental prototype that was never really distributed may make it a valuable collector's item. Any thoughts on that? How much might it be worth?
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