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Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic  

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  • Re-creation of Martin's legendary herringbone style 28 guitars
  • Sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X bracing
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Considered by many players to be the best-sounding of all Martin guitars.

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. Limited lifetime warranty. Includes case.

Features
  • Re-creation of Martin's legendary herringbone style 28 guitars
  • Sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Herringbone top trim
  • Zigzag backstrip
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Includes case

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MartinStandard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic
 
4.8

(based on 91 reviews)

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    (81)

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Consistent (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Recording (7)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (6), Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    really just a great guitar

    I acquired my HD-28 about six months ago, actually managed to find a mint used one locally. The guy had it sitting in the case for a couple of years and never played...Read complete review

    I acquired my HD-28 about six months ago, actually managed to find a mint used one locally. The guy had it sitting in the case for a couple of years and never played it. Restrung, put in the humidifier, and played some tunes. Very solid guitar, love the tone, very rich bass, loves to be strummed. The tone kind of blends to produce this very rich, warm sound. I absolutely love this guitar. Every day I have played it I am a little more impressed.

    All the construction is sound, per martin's standard (at least the standard of their more expensive instruments, I have heard nasty things about the HD-28's cheaper counterparts). I replaced tusq with a bone saddle (not sure if that comes standard now? It wasn't on my 2009 model), which improved the already great tone by heaps.

    The best thing about this guitar in my opinion, is that it is not a gimmick. It is not a "vintage" guitar, with aged toner and pre fabricated pick marks. It is the genuine article. Martin's genuine attempt at a quality guitar without any of the fancy sales pitches. It is exactly like a guitar I could have bought forty years ago and saved for my great grand kids, so that they could pass it on to theirs. It's not the most expensive, inlaid, and fancy martin guitar. But it is a genuine guitar, reminiscent of the great martins guitars of the past, without short-cutting the things that made the older martins great. Honest in appointment and construction, and great in tone and playability. A guitar with the potential to become the modern equivalent of a pre-war martin D-28.

    Perhaps thats a little to romantic for a musicians friend review, but its how I feel about the thing. The sound is great, and getting better every day. Playability is top notch; More streamlined neck than the older martins it replicates, and stays in tune fine. Also looks like what a guitar should Clean build, not overly appointed with inlays and fancy scrollwork. Just plain quality.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    All hype

    I owned the HD-28 I got fresh from the factory, took it home and played on it for a short time. This was the first guitar I bought. I had no idea...Read complete review

    I owned the HD-28 I got fresh from the factory, took it home and played on it for a short time. This was the first guitar I bought. I had no idea what to look for. I took it in to get it set up and was told the neck needed to be reset. This is what happens after 30 years of playing. Martin knew that this was a pretty much a new guitar. They should have taken it back. I sent to Martin for a reset of the neck, and it came back with a gap between the neck and the body. Glue was showing through to. Martin is going to be left in the dust in a few years. This piece of junk should have never left the factory in the first place, let alone the poor craftsmanship trying to fix it.

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    5.0

    HD-28 is simply the Best

    By Scooterflash

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

      7 months ago in December 2013, I purchased a Used 1995 HD-28 in mint condition. The advantage to this purchase was the "28" was already 18 years old and so all the time required to "break in" an acoustic guitar was already completed, or so I thought. When I got it, the HD-28 was ready to play to nearly its potential. I almost said it had reached its tonal potential, but that would not be true. As I have played the HD-28 over the 7+ months I've owned it, it has gotten better and better and better, almost with each passing day.

      I've been playing guitar for about 47 years, and I have owned and played many different brands and models including Gibsons, Breedloves, Takamines, Taylors, and others. While these are fine instruments, none of them can touch the Martin HD-28 for tone and potential tone.

      I already owned two Martins, the D-17 solid Mahogany guitar polished with a nitrocellulose shiny finish, (no longer in production), and with its own warmer focused tonal palate; and a DCPA dreadnought cutaway with electronics. I purchased both of these new and it took a good 5 years each to break them in to where I was comfortable with the tones. They are still opening up their tones and getting better. And that's okay, that's the way a fine acoustic should be made. They are supposed to get better with age and use. Martins are made always with this in mind,

      That is why the top-of-the-line Martin models have the more expensive price tags. They are for serious guitarists and only serious guitarists can justify spending that amount of money on an acoustic guitar - - the are going to have it for a long time and they are going to play it for a long time. That is certainly the case with my Martins, I will have them at my side for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be, and hopefully I will be able to add an HD-35 and an HD-45 to my arsenal. I have specific uses for all of them, so they will be tonally well-developed by the time I leave this mortal coil.

      My professional recommendation is for guitarists to save up their money until they can afford first, an HD-28, followed by other Private Reserve Martin models and then give them the chance to be broken in over a period of years. I promise you your patience will be justified, and you won't be disappointed.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This guitar is absolutely AWESOME!!!

      By TONE!!!

      from Southern Maryland

      About Me Experienced

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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 HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

        This guitar has that rich deep tone I've come to expect from Martin. This thing just drips tone!!!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Better than good

        By Tres Manos

        from Monte Vista, CO

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

          I've been eyeballing this guitar for years. My Dad had a '62 D28 (Brazilian), and I guess I've been trying to find one that sounds like that. I have a J45 that comes close. I had played a great D 35 and was saving up for it. I went to the Guitar Center in Pueblo and A/B tested the D 35 and the HD 28. It was not night and day, but the HD 28 sounded better and felt better. When I got it home I was afraid that it might sound so much nicer than the Gibson that I wouldn't play the J 45 much anymore. However, I found subtle differences make them both great companions. When strumming chords the HD is louder and the notes blend beautifully, The J 45 has clearer separation between the individual strings. Also the J 45 is 1/16 wider both at the nut and at the bridge making finger picking a shade easier, whereas the HD28 is a bit more relaxed. HD 28 has deeper bass (again, not night and day)and brighter highs, but neither seems unbalanced. No regrets, I'll keep them both.

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          5.0

          Perfection

          By Tux

          from Baltimore

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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 HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

            I can not find a flaw with this guitar. I mean you are talking about the flagship of Martins here so you really don't expect problems. But I have been going through guitars like corn through a goose but this one has maintained its self and its position in the hierarcy in my collection.
            I ran into a late 90s by accident when I had the money and a D 18 to trade. The deal was reasonable. I took it over to my buddy's house who has an older model and he says mine sounded better than his.
            This is the one I bring when my A game is on.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            HD- 28 standard dreadnought

            By william

            from arkansas

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • I Have No Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

            love the sound, I carried it to authorized martin dealer and had the action lowered, it did not take away from the great tone'
            thanks martin for another great guitar

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Flatpicking Monster

            By Flatpick Nick

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

              I bought a 1997 model off a friend for a good price. I was expecting a high quality instrument, but not one with as unique of tone as the one I bought! Beautiful East Indian rosewood back and sides, combined with a really nice Sitka Spruce top, this thing is really something all its own. The top is ridiculously responsive and gives off that legendary cannon tone of the golden era Martin D-18's and Herringbone D-28's. It's no pre-war, no, but for 2K I feel like I got a 4K luthier model, in a Standard Series! It's fitted with a K&K undersaddle pickup, so I use it for everything. Recording, jams, live in a dive bar or large auditorium.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Flatpicking Tone Beast!

              By Flatpick Nick

              from Seattle, WA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Flatpicking
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

                I took a risk when I bought my 2000 HD-28. I bought it without ever having played it, reckless, I know, but it was from a very prominent flatpicker that I know and trust and it turned out to be the best investment I've made in my gear. The neck is smooth and fast, the scalloped bracing lets the top ring out when picked hard, but also lets you hang back when you need to. In other words, the tone is very dynamic, much more so than a standard D-28. I have put it in a case, driven over mountain passes over hundreds of miles, through different climates, taken it out of the case, and it held tune all through that. The only area that this guitar falls short personally for me is that, even though it is a classic Martin model, it doesn't quite have the warmth that the vintage 28's and 35's have. However, I'm sure given time it will open up and warm up just like the ones of the past. The more I play it, the more I fall in love with it.

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                5.0

                The Last Acoustic You Will Ever Own

                By Guitar/Bass/Drums

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

                      Looking at the pictures, this does not look like a guitar that really draws you in, or evokes feelings of lust like a Super 400. However, when you see it in person, the craftsmanship is a simple thing of beauty. The quality of wood (color, grain, etc.) tells you someone picked this wood to build a guitar. It has a real simple beauty. Sound? Very alive and well balanced. Those high notes that are typically "plinky" are just as loud and clear as the room shaking lows. I chose this over other Martin for the good balance. Other guitars I considered when making this purchase - Guild f50, Guild f50R, Gibson SJ200. This guitar has all the voulume and projection of the jumbos, with better balance. Full disclosure - I did receive a guitar that had what I would consider a manufactures defect - a slight "wave" in the top near the binding by the endpin. I have never seen a build issue in any other Martin and Musicians Friend's customer service handled an exchange without issue.

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                      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      really just a great guitar

                      By Chumbucket

                      from Oregon

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Just An All Around Guitar
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

                      I acquired my HD-28 about six months ago, actually managed to find a mint used one locally. The guy had it sitting in the case for a couple of years and never played it. Restrung, put in the humidifier, and played some tunes. Very solid guitar, love the tone, very rich bass, loves to be strummed. The tone kind of blends to produce this very rich, warm sound. I absolutely love this guitar. Every day I have played it I am a little more impressed.

                      All the construction is sound, per martin's standard (at least the standard of their more expensive instruments, I have heard nasty things about the HD-28's cheaper counterparts). I replaced tusq with a bone saddle (not sure if that comes standard now? It wasn't on my 2009 model), which improved the already great tone by heaps.

                      The best thing about this guitar in my opinion, is that it is not a gimmick. It is not a "vintage" guitar, with aged toner and pre fabricated pick marks. It is the genuine article. Martin's genuine attempt at a quality guitar without any of the fancy sales pitches. It is exactly like a guitar I could have bought forty years ago and saved for my great grand kids, so that they could pass it on to theirs. It's not the most expensive, inlaid, and fancy martin guitar. But it is a genuine guitar, reminiscent of the great martins guitars of the past, without short-cutting the things that made the older martins great. Honest in appointment and construction, and great in tone and playability. A guitar with the potential to become the modern equivalent of a pre-war martin D-28.

                      Perhaps thats a little to romantic for a musicians friend review, but its how I feel about the thing. The sound is great, and getting better every day. Playability is top notch; More streamlined neck than the older martins it replicates, and stays in tune fine. Also looks like what a guitar should Clean build, not overly appointed with inlays and fancy scrollwork. Just plain quality.

                      Comment on this review

                      (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Nothing but problems.....

                      By rick rivets

                      from NYC

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Looks Good

                      Cons

                      • Flat Sound
                      • Poor Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Recording

                      Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

                      Have nothing but problems since day one. It's in the shop now as the bottem of the neck won't straighten out. No matter how many dampits I use the top is always dry. I had the neck heat pressed and 2 days later the action was unplayable.Should have never traded my J200 for this. Seems Martin is trying to speed up the drying process and is putting the wood in ovens to quick dry the wood. Martins warrenty doesn't seem to cover anything as I've spent more money trying to get it fixed that I could have bought a new one. Am at a loss for words as this is a lemon and nothing seems to fix the problems. I think the problem started when GC's acoustic rooms humidity broke and the high end guitars sat there for 3 months without any humidity to keep the wood from drying out.

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