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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
Low battery indicator
Switchable Natural I and Natural II low frequency tone-shaping
CONSTRUCTION: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret Cutaway
TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
ROSETTE: Style 28
TOP BRACING PATTERN: DOM
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
NUT MATERIAL: Bone
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
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 11/16''
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 1/8''
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Style 28
FINGERBOARD BINDING: none
FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss
FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss
FINISH NECK: Satin
BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Striped Ebony
BRIDGE STYLE: Standard Belly
BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/8''
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
CASE: 640 Molded Hard Shell
INTERIOR LABEL: none
ELECTRONICS: Fishman Ellipse Aura
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.