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Martin Standard Series Custom HD-28E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic is the re-creation of Martin's legendary herringbone-style 28 guitars. It has a Sitka spruce top, soli...Click To Read More About This Product

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Considered by many players to be the best-sounding of all Martin guitars with special Martin electronics.

The Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic is the re-creation of Martin's legendary herringbone-style 28 guitars. It has a Sitka spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, and mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard. Vintage appointments include herringbone top trim, a traditional zigzag backstrip, and Martin's famous scalloped X-bracing that allows the top to vibrate more freely, yielding a louder, more open tone. This Standard Series Custom HD-28E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar adds onboard Martin Gold+Plus electronics giving your live and studio performances the versatility and accuracy of plugging in. Limited lifetime warranty.

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Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System
The Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System's patented design solves the age-old problems of string balance, string spacing and wire-hole placement. That means you can use this pickup on virtually any acoustic guitar. 

Martin crafts the Thinline pickup using a highly sensitive copolymer specifically formulated for it. The short distance from the undersaddle pickup to its internally mounted preamp maintains signal integrity. The preamp is designed for guitars that are amplified at high volumes, especially full-size guitars. 

The Martin Gold+Plus Pickup is voiced to control boominess and to provide extra brightness. Recommended for musicians in situations where the guitar needs to stand out and sound natural without feedback. The Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Pickup's preamp circuitry gives a battery life of up to 12,000 hours.

Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world. 

  • Body type: D-14 Fret
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: East Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Scalloped X
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: Low-Profile Standard Taper
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Select Hardwood
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman 
  • Configuration: Under-the-saddle pickup
  • Preamp EQ: 1-band 
  • Feedback filter: No 
  • Tuner: No 
  • Headstock overlay: East Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Compensated/Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Molded Hardshell
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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MartinStandard Series Custom HD-28E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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If I didn't own one I'd buy it.Great guitar.

By R.Eastepp

from Denton county, Texas

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  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin Standard Series Custom HD-28E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I play mostly for and with friends and small groups. This guitar played great right out of the box. Set up nicely. Can't imagine the sound she'll be making when she's nice and broke in.I own 30+ guitars ranging from Martin(7),Taylor(4)Gibson(2)Takamine(3)Breedlove(2)Seagull(2)Ovation(3)Guild(2)Epiphone(5)and a few other brands. This guitar is in my top 5 and maybe top 3. Depending mostly on the type and style of music I'm playing.


    Awesome Guitar

    By Ejacques

    from Romulus, MI

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    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Standard Series Custom HD-28E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is one nice guitar. I am an intermediate level guitarist and have a few other guitars, but wanted one that would last a lifetime. I am pretty sure I have it. The guitar looks and sounds awesome. I do some finger picking as well as strumming and it handles both nicely. And the action is just perfect - so easy to play. I just love the sustain and tone of this guitar. I've played a few and none come close to this Martin.

      I opted for the HD to get the scalloped bracing and extra trim and am glad I did. The finish is so nice. It polishes up very well. I did look at the retro model and like the aged look, but decided to let the guitar age naturally and save some money. I am still trying different strings out to find the perfect fit. The Martin strings that come with the guitar are nice, but not easy to play and just so so sounding in my opinion. But strings are a very personal choice and you need to try different brands and types on each guitar until you find the best fit.

      I originally purchased a D18 which was also a nice guitar but it just did not project all that well and looked plain. So I returned it and picked this one up instead. It has a much more robust sound than the D18 and just looks cooler.

      I purchased the electric version since it was not much more, but it's a bit of a disappointment. There is not much information available about the electronics so I took a chance. I was surprised there are no adjustments not even a volume control. I'll probably upgrade to something else at some point. It works fine when plugged in, but not having some controls on the guitar sort of sucks. Not sure why Martin opted to do that and why you can find information about it either. In my opinion, if you are looking at the HD28, get it without the electronics and go after market. There are lot of options out there.

      I love this guitar and can't say enough positive things about it. For me this is the best acoustic guitar money can buy and it's money well spent too.

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