Martin D-28 Reviews4.7/5.0 based on 10 customer reviews
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from NC USA
April 26, 2013Music Background:
Guitar player/20 years
Ear CandyI purchased a new Martin DM in 1997. Ever since that DM has traveled with me, and been my favorite go to guitar for playing with friends as well as live. I didn't think I could find a guitar I could be happier with after seventeen years together. I was wrong.
Since purchasing the d28 a month ago my views have changed. The folks at Sweetwater were very helpful. They guitar arrived in perfect shape ready to play right out of the box. The sound opens up more and more everyday. It has that classic sound of my first Martin, but the tones are richer, the notes ring clearer, and the action is perfect.
Long story short, I love this guitar. If you have the chance, pick one up. I played the HD28 and D28. I chose the D28 because the HD was to bright. The balanced earthy tones of the D28 were exactly perfect for me. This is a guitar is one i will hold onto and pass down to my son or daughter. I hope this is helpful.
from Topeka Kansas
December 2, 2012Music Background:
Part time musician ( have a full time job)
Martin D-28Well I have been wanting a d-28 for a number of years and finally I ordered one from sweetwater. I called my service rep (Brandon) and he took very good care of me! I selected a serial number from the gallery and spoke with Brandon about it.
I must say I was little worried about not playing that particular instrument and not having it in my hands before such a large purchase.
Well it arrived and with one strum out of the case my worries evaporated!
I played it straight through Saturday into the late night and what a fine piece of craftmanship ! Fit and finish perfect. Setup perfect.
I love the sound and playability of the guitar
It's a Martin D-28 so I guess it's the bench mark for a very good reason !!
from Oakland, California
May 21, 2011Music Background:
One Hour a Day Player
PhotographI just want to provide a bit of historical background here. My favorite photograph of the Beatles is actually a photograph of two Beatles, the main Beatles, McCartney and Lennon, sitting on some steps in India playing guitars and undoubtedly composing some song that within a few months, with release of the White Album, would be on millions of turntables. The guitars are D-28s. My thinking is, well, if a D-28 is good enough for Macca and John in 1968, it's good enough for me now, so I'm diligently saving my dollars and waiting for the sweet day when I can call Sweetwater and say, "Hello, yes, I would like to buy a D-28 from you please."
from Portland, Maine USA
April 30, 2008Music Background:
Industry standard for sureI have been using my beloved D-28 as my primary since it was new in 1987. I have carried it all over the US, UK and have never once had a sound man struggle with mixing it fast and consistant. This is the one the rest of them are based on. The D-28 is the Mother!
Juan Pablo Hasson Landeros
November 18, 2006Music Background:
Rock, Folk, Blus, Metal
Martin D-28 My choice of guitarI got my first d-28 in a store in GDL Mexico, the guitar was not very popular on sales at GDL because of the price and type of music, some people in my coutry play very diferent styles and few play rock or folk, like my self. I had to make works on the guitar inmediatly it got home, I had to lower the bridge significally, until i achieve 6 and 5 /64 of an ich in the bass and treb sises respectively and correct the arm, 'cause it had a excesive bow After those changes, it plays absolutly like butter with no bussing at at all!! and I am using extra light sring gauges. The sound is powerful, bassy and has a lot of authority and kik, this is my best guitar.
from Niagara Falls
August 26, 2006Music Background:
THE choice? THE Choice!It's not a beginners guitar, this is true. The Martin doesn't, on first playing, deliver the shimmering highs taht come so easily from a taylor (or even the more balanced highs of a Gibson acoustic). But with practice, and experience playing this particular guitar, it is capable of much more diversity.
The tone is perfectly balanced, with a strong, but not overpowering low end. Playability is nice, with a high enough action to allow for "resistance" while bending, and easy enough action for ease of play.
The finish is simple, but elegant and beautiful. A Word of note, about the guitar, however, is that it will not sound full with ligher guage srtings than twelves, and cannot be strung any heavier than 12's, lest the neck and bridge warp.
from Long Valley, NJ
April 9, 2007Music Background:
Just bought my MartinWell I have to tell all. I just got my Martin D-28. It's the guitar Ive always wanted. It plays well on both the low and high ends of the neck. I was playing a Guild D-35 (35YRS OLD) and I loved that guitar but it got old. My Martin has no problem ringing out the blues, rock, folk or praise music. It will only sound better as time goes by.
from Lafayette, louisiana
May 15, 2012Music Background:
church choir musical instrument player
Mrthis is the 6th guitar that i have owed . sounds great ,easy to play, warm bass tone ,a lot of values for a fair price, i am happy with the new guitar.
from Wise, VA
July 29, 2006Music Background:
Martin D28This is a decent guitar, and I'm sure that some absolutely love it. Compared to the Baby Taylor, the only factor that will beat the Taylor is the fact that the Martin is full-size. The Martin tone is darker, and the action is higher, and the volume is not as loud, Making it hard to play if you don't have a lot of guitar experience. I don't recommend this for the begginer, but I'm sure that this guitar would be a great addition for the seasoned player. But I still think it sounds a little to dark.
from Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 1, 2005
The legendary D-28Out of the box it's a good sounding guitar but nothing spectacular. Play it for a few days though and as it starts opening up you'll feel the urge of playing it more and more. After a couple of weeks you'll understand all the hype and mystique behind the D-28. Then you'll find out why it is considered THE standard steel stringed guitar but be prepared: After that aural bliss you'll probably lose some hours of sleep or even get a little sloppy with your day job. It'll be almost impossible to put it down. Those innocent '5 minutes' can become hours if you don't watch yourself. Although it was specially designed for strong rhythmic play - which makes it a strummer's machine - the overall quality is so high that it can handle it all, a fact that can be backed up by the artists with many diverse styles such as: Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Michael Hedges, etc. I think I'll go play now..