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Since its 1931 debut, the D-28 has remained the standard by which all large-bodied, steel-stringed guitars are measured.
The tone of the Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is what separates it from all other guitars. It has a solid Sitka spruce top with glossy finish, special East Indian rosewood for the polished back and sides, and genuine ebony fingerboard and bridge. With its rich, resonant warmth and punchy volume, the D-28 is particularly well-suited to music styles requiring loud, powerful rhythm accompaniment. Includes Martin deluxe hardshell case and limited lifetime warranty.
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I purchased my first Martin D-28, and after many years of coveting this instrument and dreaming about it...I finally now have the opportunity to own one; this guitar really is the...Read complete review
I purchased my first Martin D-28, and after many years of coveting this instrument and dreaming about it...I finally now have the opportunity to own one; this guitar really is the best sounding acoustic guitar in it's class, I've played countless other guitars over the years and I always go back to the D-28. I've had mine for about 5 months now, and it's great.Everyone is aware of all of the hype and tradition surrounding Martin guitars, but for those of you who have never played a D-28, the tone is what separates this instrument from all others.The D-28 has a full, rich, rhythm tone that projects loudly, but is balanced by the instrument's ability to cut through when soloing or running lead lines. I thought the action was appropriate for an acoustic guitar and didn't find any problems with it. The guitar came completely set-up and the intonation was perfect up and down the neck. It comes with a lifetime warranty, so don't forget to register you guitar with Martin.I've recorded with the D-28 in a studio, and it sounds absolutely fabulous. Just this thick, vibrant tone, that makes acoustic guitar playing so much more colorful and expressive.Albeit an expensive instrument, I've heard these guitars sound better over time, and I hope to be enjoying by D-28 when I'm old and playing for my grandkids. I'll never get rid of or sell this instrument, it's a keeper. Stop by a local music store to try one, listen to how the notes ring, the clarity of it, the volume of the guitar when strummed. Quality product.
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When you bought a Martin D-28, you bought a classic, unmistakable look. I just picked up my special-order Martin D-28 at Guitar Center two days ago, but I'm making arrangements to...Read complete review
When you bought a Martin D-28, you bought a classic, unmistakable look. I just picked up my special-order Martin D-28 at Guitar Center two days ago, but I'm making arrangements to return it tomorrow. Consumers should be aware that the specs for the Martin D-28 changed at the beginning of 2005: the fingerboard and bridge are no longer made of dark ebony. The more desirable dark ebony has been replaced with a much lighter "striped ebony",which is also used on the cheaper D-16 model. Indeed, when I unpacked my new guitar, I initially thought I was looking at a D-16. Dale at Martin's customer service department told me that Martin made the change because the dark ebony wood was not available, and so Martin substituted the lighter, striped ebony beginning in January 2005. Unfortunately the result is that the guitar looks like a D-16, not the famous D-28. I was also told that Martin would revert back to the dark ebony--that is the classic D-28 look--when it is able to obtain more of the dark ebony wood. Dale admitted that Martin had failed to update the photos of the D-28 on the Martin web site. First, he said this was an oversight, but followed up by saying that changing the photo was not legally required. Pretty disappointing, for a company that holds itself out as the premier, family-run, American guitar company.
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Two weeks ago I bought a 2001 Martin D-28 Dreadnought. Fantastic! High and low notes with a good volume. Great picker! My dream came true. Before (and still) I was playing a Guild D25M from 1976. Also a good workhorse. The sound is less in volume but together with my Martin I can change a gitar to play in an open tune or normal.
Bought my D 28 on Staten Island,NY. Great place to experience you can play all guitars Martin, Gibson, Taylor and so on. After playing for about 2hours I really liked the set up on the D28. Sound was fantastic. Action was great. Plays better now switched strings to EXP 16 D?Addario. I was playing a Guild D35 from 1972. This is a fantastic guitar no longer made and I wouldn't touch a Guild know that it's own by Fender. It was time for a new guitar. My friend Sam pointed me in the right direction. Martin.
Martin have a reputation for quality, craftsmanship, tone and playability - in fact they have a reputation for great guitars. The d28 is in my opinion THE classic acoustic guitar. One of the things i appreciate is the lack of ornamentation. This means that all of the money spent on this guitar is spent on exactly that - Guitar - and not inlay etc. The woods used are exceptionally good, the sound is superb and it is a lovely thing to own. Mine is a '93 and its true that they just keep getting better with age. I would suggest buying used to get a head start on the ageing process, although these guitars are played by musicians not collectors so expect a little wear at pickguard etc. This is my favourite guitar. Go buy one. It doesn't get better than a martin d28.
I tried numerous acoustic guitars including Gibsons, Taylors, and less expensive models and nothing feels like and sounds like a Martin. You can tell the high quality and manufacturing in the way it plays and sounds, and it also is versatile in a variety of music. I know it's expensive, but you can find good deals and you won't be disappointed.
If you own a D28 you know the quallity of sound, powerfull when required,yet suttle when needed. The highs are clear, mids are balanced, bass distinguished and has the D28 sound that can be hammered ,strummed or lightly finger picked and still produce top quality sound. The bracing is not scalloped giving a clearer sound quality than scalloped bracing. I traded up to get my 1988 D28P (p meaning low profile adjustable truss rod). This one will not be traded or sold, it's a keeper. If you have not tried one, do it. If you do you may buy or trade up to a keeper too.
I have had this guitar for about 10 years and I always find myself coming back to it. I pick alot and play rythem behind others in my band and this is hands down a perfect guitar for that. You simply cannot match the lows on a Martin. The sound is incredible. Strumming sounds good but a little too bright for me at times. I usually play a Gibson Songwriter Deluxe the majority of the time, but when I really want to stand out and fill a room, a play my D28. This is truly the guitar all other dreadnought acoustics are measured against. My only wish is that they would make it in an acoustic-electric but for what it is mainly intended for, bluegrass, there is no need I guess. I went ahead and had mine custom done with a high-end pickup inside and now mine can be plugged in. Perfect. Make sure you have this baby setup first though by someone before playing. The action out of the case will cut your fingers into and is very hard to play on the higher frets - as are all new Martins. Lower the action and you'll be very pleased.
My new D-28 is the best sounding guitar I have ever had the pleasure to own. It is BIG $$ to get one, but Martin quality is obvious and the customer service has been excellent. Would highly recommend you TRY IT...you'll buy it!
This is a flatpicker's dream. Great bass, sustain and easy playin'.
While the D-28 has the best sound of any guitar I've played over 30 yrs, the finish simply is fragile, soft and cannot withstand even daily use, not to mention gig work. I am sure Martin could do a better job with the finish. Even a small bump with a mic stand or another instrument leaves the D-28 marked for life. And forget trying to polish the dent out a bit, I smears the finish. Love the sound--hate paying $$$$ for cheap finish. Even my DM is more durable.
This guitar is the best sounding guitar I've ever played. It has a much richer sound than many of the more expensive guitars on the market.