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Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The tone of the Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar is what separates it from all other guitars. It has a solid Sitka spruce top with glossy finish, special ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Since its debut in 1931, the D-28 has remained the standard by which all large-bodied, steel-string guitars are measured.

The tone of the Martin D-28 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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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

A firm tone foundation to build your songs on. Order today.

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MartinStandard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (20)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Stays in tune (19)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Consistent (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Guitar

My new (new to me) D-28 is more than I expected from a used guitar. It was in like new condition. I could not be happier. It even smelled new. Something...Read complete review

My new (new to me) D-28 is more than I expected from a used guitar. It was in like new condition. I could not be happier. It even smelled new. Something magic happens when you hold and play a guitar that you have dreamed of owning your entire life. My only regret is I wish I could have gotten it a little sooner. At age 77 I don't have a lot of time to enjoy it but I will enjoy it as long as possible. Thank You Musicians Friend for the great deal on this Guitar.

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I bought one. It had many issues. I sent it back and got another. This one is thin sounding and nowhere near worth the price. I will be sending it back too....Read complete review

I bought one. It had many issues. I sent it back and got another. This one is thin sounding and nowhere near worth the price. I will be sending it back too. Play before you pay, folks. Martin makes some great instruments, but it seems like the big box stores get the duds- for whatever reason.

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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By Jerry

from undisclosed

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    My new (new to me) D-28 is more than I expected from a used guitar. It was in like new condition. I could not be happier. It even smelled new. Something magic happens when you hold and play a guitar that you have dreamed of owning your entire life. My only regret is I wish I could have gotten it a little sooner. At age 77 I don't have a lot of time to enjoy it but I will enjoy it as long as possible. Thank You Musicians Friend for the great deal on this Guitar.

    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Get yourself a Martin

    By Bill

    from Hickory, North Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Dosen't Loose Valuegains
    • Just Gets Better With Age
    • Pride In Owning The Best
    • Sweetest Sound

    Cons

    • None None At All

    Best Uses

    • Basic Of Bluegrass

    Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I've owned my Martin 28 since 1981. Still hasn't Belled. Neck straight. Action perfect. Plays like a professional guitar is suppose to play. If you are going to play. Enjoy playing. Don't buy no junk or cheap guitar. That's my 2 cent.

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply wonderful!

    By JimmyJ

    from Way Up North

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      What can I say that has not already been said about this iconic guitar? I bought my first D-28 brand-new in 1972 after saving money by basically starving myself for a month. I wish that I still owned that one! Since then, I have been through a lot of guitars, many of them more expensive, but none of them better. I now own a used D-28, complete with dings and scratches put there by its previous owner. It is my favorite guitar. It goes with me to bars and music jams, and it is the one that I usually pick up when I'm playing at home. It feels as comfortable as an old pair of jeans, and always sounds great. Every now and then I think that a new guitar would be an improvement in that elusive sound that I have been pursuing my entire life. So I go to a music store and try one, always leaving it at the store and returning home to my old plain-Jane D-28. Did I say that I love it?

      (11 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ONE OF THE GREATS

      By Strat Lover-gwGqE

      from USA

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      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I've owned and played many d-28s for over my 30+ years experience and recently invested in a new HD-28 and although I also love it, I recently tied out a new Martin D-18, and WOW! Bought it on the spot! For what ever reason I always thought that I was a rosewood guy, but to my ear the D-18 is just more ballanced and sounded more like the sound in my head that I've been chasing all of these years but overlooked because of the plain looks of the D-18. Love them all but if I could only keep one, it would have to be the plain looking D-18. Try the D-18 out and record with it and you'll never look back. I wanted to think that the rosewood was always my favorite, but I guess looks aside, the D-18 wins out in ballanced sound, to my ear anyway.

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Better than I remembered

      By JazzJointJoey

      from Nash Vegas

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      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have played D-28s in the past, including vintage samples with Brazilian rosewood back and sides. I know it is heretical, but I've often wondered what the fuss was about. I've owned Brazilian rosewood boutique guitars from other luthiers, and the vintage Martins just never really turned me on.I recently decided to add a bread and butter level D-28 to my collection, more for completeness, and out of respect for the model than for any other reason. I have to say that it has given me far greater pleasure to play this guitar than I would have thought possible. Certainly it is true that each guitar has its own unique way of connecting with the player. My D-28 really strikes a chord with me.I don't want to part with any of my guitars, but this D-28 would be on the short list of keepers if plans had to change. Its very well made, it has adequate, but not ornate, trim. Action is very nice. The tone is rich and full, yet beautifully balanced. Each note is as clear as a bell, even in chords. Thanks Martin!

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      D-28P

      By Dubya

      from Chatham, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          First off my guitar is the D-28P, no longer a standard offer, but other than the neck it is the same guitar. I bought it over a year ago. When I first got it I wasn't all that impressed but over the year it has became my favorite out of the 9 guitars I own. The P neck I have really learned to like for flatpicking individual notes, decreases my chance of fingering multiple strings and prevents muffled sounds, yet doesn't hamper strumming chords. The sound has improved dramatically over the past year as it has opened up. The top has beautiful grain and is perfectly book matched, the sides are nicely matched also.

          Now for the complaints (minor cosmetic complaints). The back is not book matched, the wood is pretty but not book matched like the rosewood side. At the 15th and 16th fret there are glue splatters, which I didn't notice till after having the guitar for a month. These complaints are minor but still disappointing for $2400 guitar, and I would consider the D-28 Martins flagship axe, so I would expect better quality control. Still I love the guitar but can't give it a 5.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Martin D-28

          By charles smith

          from Louisville, KY

          Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have been completely satisfied with the Martin D-28. It is a true joy to play. I upgraded from a D-16GT. I liked the D-16GT a lot but the quality and clarity of the sound in The D-28 has won me over. I know the D-28 is only gonna continue to sound better. Thanks Musicians Friend for a great deal on a sweet acoustic!
          All solid wood. Ebony fretboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle. This guitar had all the features I was looking for. Grover butterbean tuners are nice. To me this guitar looks beautiful. Some acoustics with the inlays and stuff just become to decorated for me. This guitar fits me just right!
          Craftsmanship seems superb. The D-28 feels solid and has a nice weight to it. Not heavy but not gonna blow out of your hand with the wind either. Sounds and plays beautifully. The quality and clarity of each note is amazing. I can hear the notes in chords so well now.
          These guitars are definitely pricey but worth it in my opinion. Compared to everything else nowadays. I was lucky to get a gently used return from musicians friend. Also used a 15% coupon and saved a bunch. So considering the savings i had to give it a ten.

          (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Never Seen A Btter One

          By Oldballcoach

          from North Carolina

          Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have had my old D28 over 40 years. Guess what I would take for it. Warren Buffett might could buy it.It is a wonderful old instrument with a great sound. I play Bluegrass and it is the perfect guitar for what it has done all these years.Great action, wonderful tone, booming bass. This is probably the best guitar the Martin factory ever produced.

          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The absolute pinnacle of Acoustics

          By mhzdog

          from Edgewater MD

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Got What I Paid For
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I knew a d-28 would be pricey, I knew it would be beautiful, I had know idea it would so thoroughly set itself so far above any acoustic I have played. The fullness of the sound is absolutely incredible, the richness and tone that this instrument creates is indescribable. Effortless harmonics and clarity, and natural volume that defies belief. Not to mention when your not playing you can't help but stare at it, it is in and of itself a piece of art. If you play a guitar, don't make a buy until you've put one of these in your hands, It lives up to the reputation.

            (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            D28 and the DN3

            By Classical Finger Picker

            from Baltimore

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Feel
            • Its A D28
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Hard action
            • Sharp Fret Edges

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought a new Martin D28 and a new Taylor DN3 during the same week last year. You know that I always wanted that D28! Well the Taylor has turned out to be the better of the two guitars. The Taylor can't match the Martin's Booming voice but in all other areas it can match or best the Martin D28. You ask, would I ever sell my D28? Never! The Martin is more than just a guitar. Then again so is the DN3 Taylor. Both of these guitars will be with me until the day I die. Now I need to find a good Classical guitar.

            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Who says you can't but Love?

            By Too old to rock'n'roll

            from Chester, VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              In the eighties I had a Martin HD-28 and sold it to buy a Gibson J-200. I sold that to buy a Gibson Hummingbird. I sold that to buy a Guild D-40 Bluegrass Jamboree. I sold that and looked around for months. I went back to a Martin D-28 and finally found what I was looking for. It's voice is glorius and pleases me like nothing else. Buy one if you can!

              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Second Best Guitar I ever played

              By Joe Guitar

              from South Florida

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              Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              The Martin D-28 is the second best guitar I have ever played. I Schlepped it back to Florida had to send it to Martin to reset the neck and the hassle was worth it. MARTIN DID A GREAT JOB! The guitar plays like butter and sound wonderfully rich and balanced. So you might be wondering what is the best Guitar I have ever played? My first guitar and that is a D-35..Martin.I have lived in various guitar shops trying out stuff since the late sixties. The D-28 is the Cinderella at the Ball. She looks plain normal and when you strum her she resonates like a princess in the moonlight. There are better looking Guitars like the Deans, Ovations, and Ibanez. There are more expensive guitars like Gibson,Collins, and Goodall. Some Guitars are fads for Moonlighting Electric Guitar Players like Taylors and Ovations. But where the rubber meets the road there is nothing like a Balanced midrange full spectrum sounding D-28 with a new set of long lasting SP or Ernie Ball Titaniums (except the D-35, of course).

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awsome

              By robert jefchak

              from southern california

              Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              High Quallity is the D28
              The D28 is the standard for a reason.
              I had a D28 some years ago and was talked into selling it. I have been sorry about it ever since. This new D28 makes up for it and then some.
              It is pricey but in many ways - you get what you pay for.

              (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              incredible guitar

              By ErekPage

              from wheeling west virginia

              Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I have had this guitar since mid december of 2010, and i absolutely love it. It is hands down the best guitar i have ever played. if youre looking for a high end acousti, buy this one

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love my Martin!

              By Rev Roy

              from Enid, OK

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune
              • Unsurpassed Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                This is my first Martin and I couldn't be happier with it. The instrument itself is as beautiful as the sound it produces. Chris Martin says his iconic company produces "a tone wrapped in wood." Yep...and what a tone it is!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Even better than I expected!

                By Jeff

                from Wilmington, NC

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                Most guitar players know that the Martin D-28 is the gold standard in acoustic dreadnaught guitars. I had been looking for a good deal on one online and found a a gently used one here in Musicians Friend. The price was really good so I took a leap of faith and purchased it. I expected to see some slight cosmetic issues but when it arrived it was spotless. It looked and played beautifully and I could not be more pleased. It is not often in this life that you get something that turned out better than you expected. I love it!!!!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome guitar

                By Willboy2

                from Bay Area, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    I've been playing for a long time. I originally bought a Taylor 810, which I still have and am completely/utterly disappointed by. When I got this D-28, I knew immediately that I'd struck gold. The only complaint I have is that the action was set so high that it was barely playable. This, of course, is a factory issue and has nothing to do with Musician's Friend. As of this writing, the guitar is still at my local guitar store where it's been since I received it 3 days ago. I have played this model, just not my own. I was awed by this guitar's performance, when I played it. Play it. You'll want one too. Well balanced, suitable to all styles. Deep powerful bass and sharp crystal clear highs. Great sustain. I really don't have you prototypical guitar player's hands, but this neck on this baby makes it easy.

                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Been waiting 20 years

                    By Gnixle

                    from Liberty, ME

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      It was described as being in near mint condition and it was. It still had the plastic on the pick guard. It arrived on time and was almost in tune.. I've wanted a Martin for a long time but always felt I couldn't afford one. Now that I have it I am very happy. The tone is great and it has great volume. You can play over people talking.
                      This is the first instrument I ever bought without playing it first.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      D-28 Sunburst

                      By Blue

                      from Chesterfield, VA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Looks
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Sound
                      • Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming

                        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                        Love the D-28 for bluegrass music and loved the sunburst top for added beauty. Got a great price and received the instrument on time, so all is good.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Guitar for the Price!

                        By GLCleveland

                        from Cleveland,OH

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                          This is a nice guitar! I purchased it as a "Gently Used" item, but I could not find any scratches or dents, just needed tuning. I always wanted a D 28 and for the price I paid for it, was an excellent deal! It is all I expect from a Martin. Thanks again Musicians Friend!

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