Martin Grand J-28LSE Baritone Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Martin Grand J-28LSE Baritone Acoustic-Electric Guitar with its "Grand Jumbo Baritone" tone, playability and power is designed for lower tuning but can also be played in standard tunings. As one of the largest Martins ever, it has a scale length of 27.5", 17" wide lower bout, long neck (21 total frets with 15 clear) and deep body. It boasts a back and sides crafted of East Indian rosewood joined with a scallop-braced Sitka top. A mahogany neck features the classic diamond volute and square tapered headstock, with a fingerboard and bridge crafted of African black ebony.D-TAR wave-length multi-source pickup systemPioneer and longtime leader in acoustic guitar building, C.F. Martin has selected the D-TAR Wave-Length Multi-Source combination pickup and microphone system to include in their top-of-the-line acoustic-electric models. These finely crafted instruments truly show off the features and outstanding tonal qualities that D-TAR delivers, as well as the best characteristics that Martin guitars offer.The D-TAR Multi-Source combines the Wave-Length piezoelectric under-saddle pickup with a miniature condenser microphone that is nestled in a special absorptive visco-elastic polymer shock mount for optimal isolation. With separate signal sources coming from two different tonal points inside the guitar, and two low-profile knobs for master volume and microphone volume to control the blend of the piezoelectric pickup and microphone, the player has more flexibility to bring out the most natural sound possible from an acoustic guitar when amplifying it. Additionally, output can be wired in mono or stereo to further expand on the tonal possibilities when using two signals. The Wave-Length piezoelectric pickup is powered by an 18-volt preamp that operates via two AA batteries. Compared to a more common 9-volt system, 18 volts allows far more headroom, resulting in increased clarity and less distortion when the strings are hit hard. Included case.


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from Riverside, CA

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  • Ability To Wire In Stereo
  • Deep Full Sound
  • Good Setup Out Of Box
  • It's A Martin- Nuff Said
  • Mic - Piezo Mix Control
  • Volume control


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  • El Kabong-ing
  • Live Or Recording

Comments about Martin Grand J-28LSE Baritone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

There's really nothing I can say negative about this guitar. It sounds incredible acoustically or plugged in. The set up was perfect right out of the box. It comes wired for mono output, and the mic and under saddle piezo are blended via a small control just inside the soundhole, but you have the option of wiring it for a stereo output so the piezo and the mic could be routed to seperate channels on a PA or amp. The neck, being a bit wider than my HD-35, and of course the longer scale, take a little bit of getting used to. That's the only thing I can see that might be a problem for someone with small hands. I have fairly large hands though, so it's no problem for me. Fit and finish are flawless. This is my fifth Martin (sixth if I count my S-0 uke) and the quality of the build in every instrument I have of theirs has always been exceptional. This one is no exception. Love that new guitar smell too. The case is very nice, with an arched top, padded handle, and six latches. You can feel the quality of it by it's weight alone. Even the key to the case is pretty deluxe. They may be a bit pricey, but definitely worth every penny.

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I had played other baritone guitars and liked Goodall and Mustapick models but they were very expensive but also very good. I listened to audio clips of Martin's J28 lse and thought it was worth trying as I could always return it. I figured with the 28 features of spruce top and rosewood back and sides and Martin's reputation for quality control I was probably going to get a pretty good guitar. I was really impressed right out of the box. The sound is much better than the clips I heard on-line. I tried both C and C# tunings and settled for the C but I plan to put on lighter strings and maybe move up to a D. The tone is very mellow and it has a rich sound that exudes fullness. The intonation is within what I can hear and the tuners are of very good quality. The appearence is quite attractive. The action is very nice and I had Iittle difficulty spanning the long scale length. It is a little difficult for me to cleanly barre chord up the neck owing to the factory supplied strings that are pretty thick. I'm sure my chording will get better as I play this big guitar and gain strength. The guitar sounded best to me when I play finger style or chord melody. The sound is just almost unbelievable when the guitar is plugged in. The sound is like nothing I have ever heard; penetrating, low and very rich. I vow to never let it get into the hands of a flatpicker. As my wife says "This is a keeper".

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