The last guitar Elvis ever performed on stage
with was a Martin D28, the same model he used during his climb to fame
in the 1950's before switching to Gibsons. This one was a
mid to late '70s model and unlike his 55 D28
that had a tortoise guard featured a solid black plastic pickguard.
He began using it in February of 1977 after dropping and then giving
away his Martin D35 on February 14th.
According to Graceland Archives, there is a crack in it that happened at
some point on one of the concerts. He used it through his final
concert performance ever on June 26, 1977 in Indianapolis, IN and it was
packed and ready to go on the road with him when he passed away on
August 16 of that year.
1974 Martin D28 (similar to Elvis')
Martin D-28 has a 40 1/2" total length, a 20" body length, 15
5/8" body width and a 4 7/8" body depth. It
features a solid Mahogany neck, 20 fret Ebony fingerboard with a
25.4" scale length, solid Spruce top, Rosewood back and sides,
Ebony bridge, White Boltaron® endpiece and binding, White/Black top and