Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic

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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
 

Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic Specifications:

  • Back and Sides: 2 Piece
  • Back Inlay Strip: Zig Zag
  • Binding: White
  • Bracing: Scalloped 5/16"
  • Case Included: Yes
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Color
  • Rosette: Black and White
  • Scale: 25 2/5"
  • Top Wood: Solid Spruce
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5.0

Amazing Guitar!!

By jazzman

from Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

Not sure where to begin. I've played acoustics for over 40 years and this is, without a doubt, the best I've ever played or owned. I've had four previous Martins (2 D-28's, D12-28 and D-35) and none can compare to this particular model.

I am very fussy when it comes to guitars. With this one I played every note looking for dead or weak spots and wolf notes. None were found; only pure thick overtones. It is truly like a D-28 on steriods...more power, balance and volume. And very dynamic and responsive.

A word of caution: the finish is very fine. I managed to create a ding through the finish the second day I had it. That hurt! But at least I got the first one out of the way.

If you can afford it, and even if you can't :), pick one up. You'll never be sorry.

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5.0

Best sounding guitar ever

By Jan-lLJzR

from Almelo, Overijssel, Holland

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

I own a 2001 Martin HD28 and bough this guitar in 2007'. It's the the best guitar I've ever played and the sound is great. The deep basses and refreshing high notes is a pleasure to listen at. I own als a Guild D25M from 1976, also the year wehen I bought this guitar. Also very good but at this time I use my Martin more to play.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Confessions of a developing (Martin) addict

By marindavid

from Marin County, CA

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

My addiction continued as I bought a D-15 Custom build (Mahogany) from Musicians Friend about 4 months ago. This was the first really good guitar I ever owned. It was easy to play and had wonderful resonance and tone. It actually made me sound like a better guitarist. I was pleased for a while. (Both are reviewed by me here on epinions). But, as with all addictive behaviors, it continued to grow.More recently, I began shopping around and stopping into local guitar stores to play other/better models of the Martin line and have recently settled on a new HD-28. Martin, arguably, made it's modern reputation with top quality acoustic guitars on the back of the D28 series. Th "H" in the model number here refers primarily to trim elements on the front, edges and back of the instrument. I have moved from being a man who walked, to one who rode a horse, then a car and now a Limo. Wow! What sound! What absolute playability! The appearance is a lot plainer than other brands but it is pretty ornate for a mid-range Martin as the HD model includes the Herringbone trim and a tortoise shell pick guard (unlike the D28 which has a black one.) It is a lot heavier than the D-15 as it constructed of Rosewood (with a spruce top), is braced more heavily and has a lovely ebony fingerboard. The weight is no problem though, as it is light compared to my other axe, a 12 string Epiphone.It is loud, but can be played softly. It is dramatic but can be played with great subtlety.It can be played as the dominant presence in any venue or as a reliable rhythm background instrument. I have played it with both flat picks (my preference) and fingerpicks. In each instance, the choice is that of the player. Everything seems possible. In any event, I feel that I have graduated to what I feel is a truly top-of-the-line musical experience. Perhaps I am kidding myself but I feel as though this growing Martin addiction has, finally, been satisfied. At least that is what I'd like to believe and what I genuinely feel right now. On the other hand, am I kidding myself? Many addicts are when they say they're finished. There ARE other Martins ...but as other reviewers have noted, it is difficult to imagine wanting or needing anything more from a real 'player's guitar' than Martin offers in this wonderful model HD28.I recommend either Elixer Medium or Eric Clapton (Martin) Medium-Light gauge strings on this guitar to achieve maximum sound with smooth playability.

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(9 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This one is alive!!

By Curtis T.

from New york

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

Hello pickers...The HD-28 is a fine guitar, and My first HD. I have had the plain D-28..And I have always affectionately called them dead lead! The HD-28 has some highs to it and the top actually vibrates, unlike any D-28 I've had or heard..The sound barely comes out of the sound hole. Good tone for some not I. So Anyway I took a chance on the HD. As I have read that they are braced different and vibrate more due to the bracing and right they are... Great sustain and brightness, very loud.. I use 13s on it 12s are too thin sounding.. IMO. The only thing is these martins just keep going up up up! Well this will be my last guitar anyway.. PS my hats off to music 123. Great service. All and all the HD-28 is alive and well and sounds like no other acoustic I ever had.. You'll love it!

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(35 of 104 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

There's just nothing like the HD 28

By Ron-XzUmQ

from New York City

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

Simply the best. The most beautiful sound coming out of any acoustic guitar.

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(50 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wishes do come true.

By philip robinson norfolk uk.

from i live in sheringham norfolk uk

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

It took a long time to get a HD28, but I got there in the end. How does it compare? Very good is the answer to that. Looks lovely, plays lovely, smells lovely, sounds lovely... there is love put in them when they are made and it comes out like a genie when you rub it. Strum it and then you can start to make your wishes come true. Get a HD28 Martin... you won't better than one of these guitars.

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(31 of 62 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy one!

By Barry Rogers

from Kingston, Pa

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

I've had many acoustic guitars in my life, but none can compare to this. The resonance and tone is superb and the scalloped bridging is like a built in sustain system. I've use it with a mike in the studio and a Dean Markley pickup onstage. It's great. Buy one.

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(24 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No better flattop made period...

By Kent Lane

from Remington, Indiana

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

In my career as a weekend musician for over 40 years, I have owned many Gibson and Fender guitars. The best acoustic I have ever owned is a Martin. I had a D-41 but now have the BEST for me. An HD-28. I tried Taylor and I have a Takamine and Gibson. Nothing holds a candle to the HD-28. It just doesn't get any better than this. Best guitar I own.

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(49 of 97 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A lifelong Martin Guitar Experience

By Dave-Zeo9O

from Reno, NV

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

I currently own 6 guitars, 2 of which are Martins. I'm the original registered owner of a 1964 D-18 that plays better today then when I first purchased it 40 years ago. I played many other models back then, but always came back to the D-18 I bought. I've never regretted spending that money. In 1999, I bought a CEO-2 Model, and have absolutely nothing but good things to say about it. Each string chimes. A full chord strum sounds like an orchestra! In the near future, I will be buying an HD-28, and perhaps after that, an OM model. As others have stated, you can't go wrong buying a Martin!

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent bass and wonderful top end

By Johnny Vaughan

from Dublin Ireland

Comments about Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

I purchased this HD28 as a special treat having promised myself 25 years ago that 'some day I'll own a Martin guitar'.Anyway after all those years it was worth the wait. The first strum of this beautifully crafted instrument sent shivers up my spine.The sound is so full and solid that it's hard to believe the difference between the HD28 and the other guitars I own. The rosewood body and sitka spruce top resonate superbly. My only minor criticism is that the action was a little bit too low when the guitar arrived and caused the bass E and G strings to buzz slightly.However this is easily sorted and the pleasure of playing this instrument has fulfilled a childhood dream come true. If you can afford a HD28 then you will have a machine that is a 'bit special' and that you will treasure for life.Thanks Martin

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