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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.

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

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MartinStandard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic
 
4.9

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (83)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

HD-28 is simply the Best

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...Read complete review

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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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin HD28 Guitar

By redbill1234

from Weslaco, Tx and Ontario, Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

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

    I have owned mine since 1977, and would not trade it for anything. I have heard and played alot of other makes, but they don't have what this guitar has in sound. Even my other Martin owners of D35, 41 etc. like the sound of my HD28. I also have a 1962 J45 that comes close but not quite.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin Quality -- Worth the money

    By P1Darrell

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

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

      Why did I wait 35 years to buy a quality instrument? I dunno but many regrets I didn't do this earlier. What a sound!

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      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      HD-28 is simply the Best

      By Scooter is mine, the Broadway is Judith

      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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This guitar is absolutely AWESOME!!!

        By TONE!!!

        from Southern Maryland

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Buyer

        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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          (5 of 5 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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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfection

            By Tux Ritter

            from BAltimore

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            Ask me a question

            Verified Reviewer

            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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              (3 of 3 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

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              (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

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                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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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

                  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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