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Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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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 fini...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Black and white rosette
  • Black pickguard
  • X-bracing
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Neck width at nut 1-11/16"
  • 25.4" scale length
  • 20 frets
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4.9

(based on 37 reviews)

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Exceptional Tone/Comfortable Feel

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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Martin's Secret

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My D 28

By BBB

from Long Valley, NJ

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best sounding guitar I've ever played.

By Maji

from Vancouver, WA

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Winner for Martin!

By DJ in FL

from S. FL

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

needed work immediately

By VPH comments

from Houston Texas

The Martin guitar is an everyday players dream so you can guess that when I got one I was overwhelmed and shortly after dissappointed. The strings were unusually high off the fret board and required work. Luckily the "Southern Music" performed the work and did a good job, but as I say I was dissappointed that this was not addressed before it was purchased it.Great guitar but someone is slipping.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't Pass Up What Clapton Couldn't!

By mhicks7

from Philadelphia, PA

If you're looking for rich basses, rich and sustaining tones, and consistent projection, then this is for you. Stay away if you are not looking for the best guitar around.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly - a

By Guitar Guy

from Peachtree City, Georgia

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After owning several lower end guitars, I recently bought a "like new" used HD-28. This is truly an amazing guitar. I only wish my playing capabiity was nearly as great as this instrument is in projecting it's fine quality sound. I found that this Martin truly stands out in the crowd after jaming with 8 to 10 other players using various other brands such as Seagull, Takamine, etc. I just regret wasting so much time with lower end instruments up to now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny

By AW1908

from Missouri

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional Tone/Comfortable Feel

By BluesGuy3911

from Wheaton, Illinois

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

pricey, but nicey

By Anon-lwv8e

from scotland

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.

 
5.0

Sound Tested and Audience Approved

By Justin Raynor Music

from Pennsylvania

I have been playing for 10 years now and have always dreamed of owning one of these guitars. I recently took the plunge and bought a used one in Nazareth PA. I brought it home and decided to do a blind test against several other guitars including a Tak, Simon Patrick, Epiphone, Martin OM. 4 participants faced a wall with 1 - 5 written on a piece of paper in which they ranked the guitars. The 5th man sat behind them and randomly chose the guitar to play. Their were two categories, picking and strumming. The Martin D28 ended up taking first in both categories by all four people. Out of the 4 people, one was not musically inclined, one a drummer, and two guitar players. I could not be more satisfied with my purchase. The price is tough to swallow but if your wanting that perfect sound than this is the right choice. It will also have a great resale value if your grandkids ever need it to pay for college! Hopefully not the beer money for college.

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5.0

Martin D28 forever

By Martin man forever

from I live in ontario canada

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.

 
5.0

Quality craftmanship, outstanding sound

By flatpicker-pzY39

from Oklahoma

This is a flatpicker's dream. Great bass, sustain and easy playin'.

 
5.0

fragile

By Ken-nhqxb

from Gonzales, LA

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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.

 
5.0

I have never played a finer guitar in my life!

By Daniel Barrentine

from Bridgeport, AL

I have never played or held a finer guitar in my life. The sound cannot be equaled by any other guitar in the world.

 
5.0

Simply The Best!

By FBG

from Memphis, TN

After having played tons of Acoustic Guitars over many years, it would be hard for me to say that you could find a better acoustic at any price than the CF Martin D28. It's unapproachable tone quality, playability, and undeniable good looks will make a beleiver out of any guitarist. There are many other guitars out there that are more ornately appointed, but when choosing a guitar, sound is really the bottom line, and the D-28 has the best. It plays very even up the neck, and is a blast to play for rhythm and lead players alike. Purchase this guitar, and I guarantee, you won't be disappointed!

 
5.0

The Guitar of my dreams

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have wanted this guitar since I first started playing....8 years down the road I finally own one. This is the best bluegrass guitar ever, and it holds its own with any other style, too. This guitar is the measuring stick that everyone tries to copy, and it shows.

 
5.0

I guess I'm obsessed.

By Kami

from Northern WI

I must say, I have searched hard for another guitar to sound like this, and I have failed. Martin's just have that certin sound and feel that makes you feel like you could play anything. Lightly strum it, and the sound blows you away. I love the D-28 so much, and wish I had the kind of money to buy it. It has a beautiful santin finish on the neck that will make you want to play it all day. The feel is nothing I've ever felt except on other Martins. If you have enough money, I highly suggest buying it. It is worth it, and gets better in time.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By martinjim

from Atlanta, GA

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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.

 
5.0

Martin guitars are made in Heaven

By Andrew-Q4TOy

from Ft.Worth Tx.

Martin guitars are the standard by which all other guitars are compared. There is an unmatchable sound that comes from the D-28 that is truly unique. I have played hundreds of guitars over the years and, well, pay attention to what professionals use, and there's your answer. Period!

 
5.0

The legendary D-28

By Adriano Inácio

from São Paulo, Brazil

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Out of the box it's a good sounding guitar but nothing spectacular. Play it for a few days though and as it starts opening up you'll feel the urge of playing it more and more. After a couple of weeks you'll understand all the hype and mystique behind the D-28. Then you'll find out why it is considered THE standard steel stringed guitar but be prepared: After that aural bliss you'll probably lose some hours of sleep or even get a little sloppy with your day job. It'll be almost impossible to put it down. Those innocent '5 minutes' can become hours if you don't watch yourself. Although it was specially designed for strong rhythmic play - which makes it a strummer's machine - the overall quality is so high that it can handle it all, a fact that can be backed up by the artists with many diverse styles such as: Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Michael Hedges, etc. I think I'll go play now..

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