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Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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The Martin HD-28V Vintage Dreadnought Guitar incorporates the most popular pre-war features into a vintage Herringbone D-2 format. Grained ivoroid bi...Read More

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A gorgeously crafted evocation of the pre-war instrument.

The Martin HD-28V Vintage Dreadnought Guitar incorporates the most popular pre-war features into a vintage Herringbone D-2 format. Grained ivoroid bindings, forward-shifted scalloped bracing, butterbean tuning machines, and diamond-and-squares fingerboard inlay are combined to make an exceptional pre-war replica both in tone and appearance. Limited lifetime warranty. The HD-28V includes a deluxe Martin hardshell case.

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  • Incorporates the most popular pre-war features into a vintage Herringbone D-2 format
  • Grained ivoroid bindings
  • Forward-shifted scalloped bracing
  • Butterbean tuning machines
  • Diamond-and-squares fingerboard inlays
  • Includes deluxe Martin hardshell case
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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MartinVintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
    • School bands (3)
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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is THE one you must have!!!

    By RJS

    from Westchester County, NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This is my favorite of all my guitars, and I have many. If I could only keep one guitar it would be my HD-28V. I LOVE this guitar, and will never part with it. I give my kids anything and everything I can, but they will be waiting a long time to get their hands on this guitar. I almost never have to tune it, but I also keep it humidified and that makes a big difference.
      Buy this guitar even if you can't afford it- once your wife hears the sound she will stop complaining and just say, "wow!"

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Words Cannot Describe

      By jamesleigh22000

      from College Station, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I researched Martin guitars for quite a while before deciding to get the HD-28V. It is expensive, but worth every penny and then some. This is the holy grail of guitars. Some people say it is the best-sounding Martin. I can't really comment on that, because the HD-28V is the only Martin I have ever played. But I will tell you that I wouldn't be surprised if this is the best Martin. I think it is certainly the best under 5 grand. The tone and playability are second to none. Deep, rich, balanced, this guitar has it all. I literally cannot put it down. Like my title says, words cannot describe what this guitar sounds like and how elegant it is to play. If you are put off by the price tag, I recommend saving for the HD-28V for however long it takes until you can afford it. It's that good. This is a guitar I will always treasure and one which will give me a lot of inspiration.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Dreadnaught on the Planet

      By Wildman

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar is absolutely the most beautiful looking and sounding guitar I have ever seen or heard. The quality of the fit, finish, and tone is second to none. I can see why the pre-war Martins are so highly regarded. Deep bass, rich mids, and clear highs. Had a good professional setup done with low action and it's a pleasure to play. It's an American crafted icon, the standard by which all other guitars are measured, and well worth the investment. Impressive heavy duty top quality American made case too.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It doesn't get better

          By RJS

          from Westchester County, NY

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            If you have the money, buy it!
            If you don't have the money, start saving, and be patient.
            This guitar is worth every penny, and more if they are having a sale! I can't get through the day without playing this beauty. In fact, I think I'll go play it again right now- it's calling me.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Best Martin I Have Ever Played

            By Zach

            from OR

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Volume
            • Rich Overtones
            • Very Good Playability

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Any

            Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            This is the best guitar I have ever owned. I had a guitar that sells for a very similar price that I traded toward this one and it was worth the loss that I took to get it.

            The best thing about this guitar is the rich and inspiring tone. It has a very good bass response, yet is much more balanced than some would lead you to believe.

            I have Martin Tony Rice Signature monel strings. They are the only strings that really work for a guitar like this. They have a decidedly different feel than typical bronze strings. They bring out the full tone of the guitar without any hype.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I Own And Love This Guitar!

            By The Buddha Rats

            from NYC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Making Music

            Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            In 2008 I was looking for a proper acoustic guitar to use for recording and possible live use.

            I went to Guitar Center and I played as many as I could: Epi Masterbuilt guitars (they were not in fact built by masters, and sounded like cheap imports), Yamahas (nice sounding), Gibsons (terrible workmanship on them and I will avoid their non-1960's guitars like the plague until I die). I think I even tried a Taylor or two.

            I asked the salesman for a Martin 28. He said he had two- a regular 28, the other an HD28V. As soon as I had the 28V floor model in my hand I knew it was right for me- Clear highs, fantastic bottom end without the boom, and everything in between.

            I A/B'd it against every Martin they had- another 28, the Clapton model, a 15, 35, and a 45. Nothing could touch the HD28V. NOTHING! I went home, slept on it, and went back and bought the floor model the very next day. 5 years later and it is still the finest sounding guitar I have ever heard or played. FYI, my lead guitarist has some choice vintage gear, including a 56 Martin, and he always mentions how great my HD28V sounds.

            My advice: If you are looking for a quality instrument, one that you will not outgrow, look no further because the HD28V is the real deal.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Oh_My_God!

            By theMaestro

            from washington dc

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • You're Kidding Right

            Best Uses

            • Any Music Under The Sun

            Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I have tried all the martin dreadnought guitars from the low to the high, save the authentics. This guitar is the best guitar Martin has to offer. Superb tone, bass, power, articulation. Notes sing all the way up the register. I could find no dead spots. You can play it softly or forcefully and it will respond with both power and grace. It will beat any other production dreadnought out there. Taylor? a piece of firewood next to it. Gibson? Keeps up in volume, but not in tone. Lesser Martins? It eats them for lunch with room for dessert. D18GE, D/HD 28, or D/HD 35? Sounds unrefined next to it. You must try this guitar before purchasing anything else, it's that good.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar. Better buying experience.

            By Murf1066

            from Brookfield, CT

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I love my HD28V. The guitar seems to sound better and better with each passing day. It's tough to say how much of that is just personal perception but there is no doubt this thing is a true tone monster. Chris at MF Private Reserve was incredibly helpful in finding the right guitar for me and really went the extra mile. Thank you Musicians Friend for selling me the guitar I will enjoy for many years and then pass down to my son some day.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Dream Guitar-Best Guitar I've Ever Owned

              By Lew

              from Laurel, Mississippi

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Great Chord Transition
              • Perfect
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Leisure Play
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I could go on and on about this guitar... I bought it when I graduated highschool a couple years ago. True, it's pricy, but worth every penny. I mean it. If you have the coin and the time to play, it will take your far. I love my HD-28V. The neck has a very smooth feel and my fingers never get tired when I play.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                HD-28V

                By James O'Rear

                from Alabama

                Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                Owned a Taylor 414ce before my HD-28V it is like comparing apples and oranges, but this Martin is
                awesome. Great sustain, good bass, clear note seperation and loud. Action is a little higher than i like. Good for all the types of music i like Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, and Folk. Good all around guitar and looks as good as it sounds. The V neck on the guitar is comfortable for me. I was almost scared off by the neck reviews, but glad i wasn't. Only regret is I wish i purchased this Martin 10 years ago. This will be a keeper I'll pass down to my grandchildren. They'll have the hard decision on who gets what guitar.
                Only gripe is this HD-28V has a bone nut, bone saddle, and Martin puts plastic bridge pins on this guitar. Come on, put more into making this guitar and place bone pins and end pin on it.

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