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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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. 


FEATURES
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

Destined to become an heirloom, order this fabulous instrument today with the assurance of our dual satisfaction and best-price guarantees!

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MartinVintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 47 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Consistent (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the one you will keep.

By carsfastback390-zXwBi

from Blacksburg ,South Carolina

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

Sittin in the music store picking Black Mountain Rag on a HD28V. Guy comes over and says he likes my pickin and the guitar sounds great and wants to know if I'm going to buy it. Tell him I want to, but its just so darn expensive. He said, son, just remember you only have to buy it one time. He walked off and I got to thinking about what he said and realized he was right. This was probably the third best decision I ever made, the first was marrying my wife and the second was deciding to quit smoking. Remember guys, you only have to buy it one time and this guitar will be like your wife or girlfriend...you'll want one of them on your lap all the time.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh_My_God!

By theMaestro

from washington dc

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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.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 STAR Guitar!

By John Ginty

from Philly Suburbs

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

Private Reserve personel were exceptional in their communication, responsiveness, knowledge and willingness to attend to my every concern. Above and beyond all expectations.
All I can say is WOW! I've barely put down the Martin HD-28V since unboxing it 6 hours ago. I can't believe it arrived in my hands a mere 22 hours after ordering from Kansas Friggin City!! (I live in the western Philly suburbs) That, my Musician's Friends, is FABULOUS SERVICE, period. I have ZERO criticisms of the HD-28v. I am smittten. The tone & projection are stunning! Terrific job by your tech guy on set-up also. Very pleased. It already eclipses the boominess of my 6 yr old D41, so I can imagine that with some seasoning and maturity, this piece will only improve. Fit & finish are flawless, and typically high-end Martin meticulous.
Thank you most sincerely for your outstanding and responsive customer service!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar. Better buying experience.

By Murf1066

from Brookfield, CT

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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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Own And Love This Guitar!

    By The Buddha Rats

    from NYC

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    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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dream Guitar-Best Guitar I've Ever Owned

    By Lew

    from Laurel, Mississippi

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    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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth the wait

      By Robbie Dobson

      from Midlothian, VA

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

      I wanted a Martin forever. My wife bought this for me for my 50th birthday. She told me to pick out whatever I wanted. I played everything I could find, but the sounds that emanate from this instrument take my playing to another plane. I have never held an instrument that has better quality, sound and playability. The reasons for the Martin legend are readily apparent when you pick this guitar up and start playing. Thank you Martin for letting me have access to a piece of history.
      The closest to bling on the HD-28V is the meticulously installed Herringbone binding.Not flashy, but a perfect frame for a picture perfect instrument. The old saying "they don't make 'em like they used to" doesn't hold water here. This pre-war design D-2 format takes you back to the days when the sound wasn't just a thing, it was everything.
      The details of this guitar amaze me the longer I have it. They are a study in understated beauty. There is nothing flashy going on here, all the money invested in this instrument went into building as perfect a tone machine as humanly possible.
      An instrument like this is an investment, not just for the consumer, but for the luthier building it and company distributing it. Martin's builders have created an instrument that will pass the test of time and make beautiful music for generations to come. Share this guitar with a young picker now and again so that they will come to understand the quality and craftsmanship that goes into creating one of the finest guitars ever built.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No Words Will Do

      By Highly Recommended

      from Horseshoe Bay, BC

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

      I?ve not much to add to the reviews posted. I?m completely blown away like everyone else. I related most to the reviews EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR AND MORE and A MONSTER because they provide perspective. I?ve played some extraordinary guitars, including a late 60?s Brazilian D45 and a few new D45s and D45Vs. All I can say is that they?ll probably remain in my memory as archetypal dreads, given their mix of the powerful and ethereal ? they were incredibly loud, clear, and definitively balanced in terms of tone. That said, there?s a point of diminishing returns. Unless I win the lotto, I think the HD28V is the most indescribably wonderful guitar currently available. When I bought it I had the chance of ABC playing a D28, an HD28, and an HD28V. The HD28V, despite the old strings on it, was way the best. Do yourself a favor and look into the forward-bracing issue, and then invest the extra bucks in the HD-28V. I?ve never regretted it and you won?t either. There?s much more I could say...

      (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!"

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        simply the best martin sound there is

        By Scottay

        from Santa Fe, NM

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

        I had tried friends D-28's over the years and frankly was never impressed, it didn't really sound that much better than my 82' D-19, but when i played this HD-28V, i was like - are you kidding me, the deep bass, playability, retro looks and beautiful clear finish, to me, this is the perfect dreadnought guitar, full chords have never sounded so good. - Scott

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best

        By Wildman

        from Florida

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

        Straight up, this is the grand piano of guitars. The fit, finish, quality, and tone ar the absolute best in the world. Martin guitars are overpriced, but I paid it because I wanted a fine instrument made in the USA. I'm very pleased with the guitar and proud to own it.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Words Cannot Describe

        By jamesleigh22000

        from College Station, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best Martin I Have Ever Played

        By Zach

        from OR

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        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.

        (4 of 4 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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BEST GUITAR ....PERIOD

        By FrictionofthedaybandNoah

        from Nashvillle PA

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

        I am a tone freak, and I played countless guitars before I purchased my HD28V ( I even toured factories and went to botiuqe luthiers) I own a Martin D16R and a Road Series which I purchased for the campfire/beach. My search for the ultimate guitar ended with the HD28V. Nothing on this earth sounds better, period. The tone of this guitar across the spectrum is unbelivable. The craftsmanship that goes into a Martin guitar is unsurpassed by anyone and the guitar playes like a dream. This guitar sounds better than some of the $7,000 guitars I played during my search. An no I am not rich, I saved for 3 yrs for this guitar. Save as long as it takes, you'll thatnk yourself. You must paly one to truly understand the "Experance"

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of the best guitars

        By Michael Bessette

        from Here

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

        I had a Collings and although that guitar was a master piece, I like this guitar better. Nothing could sound better.
        Herringbone and abalone diamonds. Best rosewood pattern you could ask for.
        Excellent glue work. A little imperfection at the neck to body but who can expect perfection until we get to heaven.
        You got to pay if you want to pklay the best.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great

        By Mudguts

        from New York

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            High quality wood and craftsmanship, you can see where the extra money went compared to a D28. I loved the D28 I had but there are differences, If you ask me I think the D28 may be a little overpriced. The sound of this guitar is amazing, Beautiful low end and rings like a bell. The neck has more heft to it then the D28, It is what a Martin should be, Impeccable. Also the case is heavy duty, a plus. I would give up my wife before I gave up this Martin in a holdup! There is no doubt. Musicians Friend is the best! The guys in the private reserve shop are great.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Dreadnaught on the Planet

            By Wildman

            from Florida

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            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.

                (2 of 2 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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Almost Perfect

                  By Playing for Him Randy R.

                  from Lynchburg, VA

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

                  Wonderfully crafted guitar. Makes even a "hack" like me sound good. Unparalled playability. Only problem . . . the strap button pulled out when trying to remove a new (tight fitting) leather strap.

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