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Martin DC-28E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Since 1931, the Martin D-28 has been the standard by which all acoustic guitars are measured. The full-gloss DC-28E is highlighted with a cutaway and...Click To Read More About This Product

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A stage ready edition of the original Martin D-28.

Since 1931, the Martin D-28 has been the standard by which all acoustic guitars are measured. The full-gloss DC-28E is highlighted with a cutaway and new factory-installed Ellipse Aura electronics. Optimum acoustic sound reproduction is achieved by the ability to blend your choice of four acoustic sound images with the Martin Gold Plus under-the-saddle transducer. All of this ability is conveniently packaged in the non-invasive unit inside the lip of the soundhole.

  • State-of-the-art onboard preamp features Fishman's patented sound imaging technology
  • Preloaded with four Aura custom sound images created specifically for the instrument
  • Ergonomic soundhole-mounted design puts slider controls at your fingertips to maintain a natural playing position
  • Pickup/image blend control
  • Volume control
  • Phase switch
  • Automatic anti-feedback
  • Low battery indicator
  • Switchable Natural I and Natural II low frequency tone-shaping
  • MODEL DC-28E
  • CONSTRUCTION: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret Cutaway
  • TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • ROSETTE: Style 28
  • TOP BRACES: Non-Scalloped 5/16''
  • BACK MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • BACK PURFLING: Style 28
  • SIDE MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • ENDPIECE: White Boltaron
  • ENDPIECE INLAY: Black/White Boltaron
  • BINDING: White Boltaron
  • TOP INLAY STYLE: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
  • SIDE INLAY: none
  • BACK INLAY: Black/White Boltaron
  • NECK MATERIAL: Select Hardwood
  • NECK SHAPE: Low Profile
  • HEADSTOCK: Solid/6 String Diamond/Square Taper
  • HEADPLATE: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil Logo
  • HEELCAP: White Boltaron
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Solid Striped Ebony
  • SCALE LENGTH: 25.4
  • # OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
  • # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
  • FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss
  • FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss
  • FINISH NECK: Satin
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Striped Ebony
  • BRIDGE STYLE: Standard Belly
  • SADDLE: Compensated White Tusq
  • TUNING MACHINES: Gotoh Chrome w/ Large Knobs
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
  • BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/Black Dots
  • PICKGUARD: Black
  • CASE: 640 Molded Hard Shell
  • ELECTRONICS: Fishman Ellipse Aura

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I love mine!

By Joan

from Folkston, GA

My husband bought me my Martin DC28E two years ago. I have two other Martins, J-1 and CEO5, but the DC28E has the best clarity of sound and playabillity than any of them. I LOVE IT! When I take a lead break, it's clear and sweet. I also use Martin XP,s med gauge strings. Great sound on the highs and the lows. The only thing that I have had a problem with is make sure you change the battery often if you use the electronics in it! I forgot a couple of times and the sound that came throught the PA almost curled my toenails. LOL! Other than that it's the greatest guitar I've ever played and I've been playing for many years.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


After much comparison, Finest Kind

By Bluesdawg

from Redding, CA

I spent months playing various Taylor, Gibson and Martin guitars. The Taylors and Gibsons can be said to be prettier guitars, but this Martin just sounds dead on. The tone, action everything you play music for is absolutely excellent. When mine arrived I played it for all of 20 seconds before I realized I made the best choice. I am very happy with this guitar and am only writing this review because the reviews I read on Musician's Friend helped me. I hope this review helps someone "on the fence". You can not go wrong with this guitar. By the way the fishman system is primo--I love playing both plugged in and acoustic.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


My First Martin


from Virginia

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Thought about buying a new acoustic guitar for about a year and looked at several before settling on the DC-28E. The workmanship is what I expected and the sound is beautiful. I use the guitar in standard tuning for folk and Irish music. Will probably now consider another Martin for alternate tunings like DADGAD.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Best I ever had

By Steve-wGWUg

from deep south

I have owned most common brands of musical equipment, guitars, basses, dobros, and such, and none of them has impressed me like this guitar. Playability, sound, looks and feel could not be better, I have found MY choice!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


My Dream Guitar

By Jim-ex.Np

from New Lisbon, WI

I am 64 years old and wanted one final good guitar that combined great acoustic and amplified sound. I have alway been a fan of Martin so when I read a review of the DC-28E I had to give it a try. It is one great guitar. The D-28 has always been one of the best sounding guitars in my book and this guitar did not let me down. When plugged in, it produces the same great Martin sound thru the amplifier. I've always thought Martins were a bit high in their pricing but I guess their quality is worth it. They just are not a poor man's guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By silver streak

from gary wv.

I have played guitar for 10 years owned taylor takamine gibson, but the dc28e martin is hands down the best acoustic electric I have ever owned or played. Great guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Martin DC28E

By Jeffro2222

from Rockford, Illinois

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I recently bought a new dc28e after my d41 was stolen. I went to the guitar shop with the intention of getting another d41, but thought I'd play some other Martins while I was there. I actually preferred the d28 over the d41 and it's about $800 cheaper. I own a Gibson j-200, Gibson Hummingbird, and a Gibson j45. The Martin's tone is by far better than all of these in my opinion. Gibson makes fine guitars and theirs may look a little better with more decorative finishing touches, but their tone just isn't up to Martin's.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I got so lucky


from Iowa

On a whim, my wife and I poked our heads into the local guitar store last month and lo and behold, they were having a sale on Martins! I played many, looking for something that would adapt easily to a live setting, and finally chose the acoustic/electric cutaway DC28E. I'm kind of a small guy with small hands, but with the low profile neck I found the playability of this instrument to be superb. The highs sparkle, the mid-range notes chime and the bass notes ring with a warm, smooth boldness. Plugged in this baby really comes alive with sound so crisp and alive you'll never want to put it down. The anti-feedback feature and the choice of subtle modelings available in the easy-to-reach controls (inside the sound hole) are a breeze to operate. I was worried the under-mounted controls might dampen the large Martin tone I was seeking, but not in the least. The only thing I haven't figured out is how to easily get to the 9-volt cloth-wrapped battery inside without removing the strings. Guess I'll just change it every couple of string chages or so. I love the look, the feel and the commanding tones of this guitar. Show me the stage!

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