6-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, and Hardshell Case
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Six Generations Of Great Martin Guitars!Many guitarists consider the Martin HD-28 to be the best sounding of all Martin guitars, and when you remember that Martin has remained a leader in acoustic guitar manufacturing for six generations, you know the Martin HD-28 must be something special. The Martin HD-28 features include herringbone top trim, the traditional zig-zag backstrip, and Martin's scalloped X-bracing. A classic deserving of the name, Martin!
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Mike, Cheney, WA
Reviewsbased on 10 reviews
by Barrie Fleetwood from Waterloo, INBlown away doesn't describe it. This guitar is out of this world. It took me nearly 30 years to get one, and now I own a Martin. And, this Martin is absolutely special
January 26, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
Gets Better with age
by Jeremy Stone from NashvilleI ordered this guitar to be a companion to my J-45, and to add a rosewood guitar to my arsenal of acoustic guitars. I committed the ultimate guitar sin, and ordered one on-line. I received the best pr... read more [+]ice and service from Sweetwater as usual. Mr. Josh Estock shipped this beauty directly to my door on February of 2011. I liked the guitar, but still preferred my J-45 tone; however, some time has now passed and this thing has taken on a life of its own. I now understand why the older pickers are holding Martin guitars. It continues to become louder and mellower with age. I play it everyday; as the great Guy Clark says: “they are only tools.” I foresee it lasting me a lifetime, and then passed along to my son. close [-]
September 9, 2011
Music Background: Singer/songwriter
by Rob B. from Back Home in IndianaOne thing I've learned about all Martin Guitars are that they all sound a little different. When you go to a music shop to look for a guitar, DO NOT be afraid to ask the store to put a fresh set of st... read more [+]rings on the guitar. After all, you are about to shell out well over $2000 dollars of your hard earned cash (if you're buying high end). High end guitars are made one at a time, so there will be ever so slight differences in there tone. I bought my HD-28 from GuitarCenter several years ago, and absolutely adore it. I went to Sam Ash first, and looked at them. I asked the sales person to put a fresh set of strings on the guitar and of course he had to ask the manager. The manager refused my request, so I went to GuitarCenter and once again explained my request. They were more than happy to restring the guitar. I couldn't believe the sound after new string were put on. PLEASE!!! The only way to really get a perfect listen to a high end guitar is to eliminate any element that could possibly take away for its sound. I have around 25 high end guitars (both electric and acoustic) and my Martin HD-28 is Most definitely on of my favorites. close [-]
December 4, 2009
Music Background: Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist, Performing Artist, and Collector
More than a guitar .....
by Harry Kottier from Den HamFor some years ago I had the privilege to buy a Martin-DM. I used this guitar wherever I went. I played it a lot and it gave me new inspiration for writing new songs and melodies.
January 8, 2009
Music Background: Singer/songwriter
In the years ... read more [+]after i played a second hand SPD-16R somewhere in a guitar shop. I didn't have enough money to buy this guitar but it sounded more brilliant than my DM and it had a beatifull sprucetop with vintage look.
The last few years I saved some money and tried to buy a SPD model but they where all sold out. After reading some reviews and heard the sound of Neil Youngs HD-28 in his "Prairiewind-concert", I was impressed by the HD-28 and asked my Guitar-shop to importate one out of the USA. So in the summer of 2007 I begot my HD-28. It sounded real good right out of the bos. I admire this nice peace of wood. It has a humble finish with a beatifull herringbone inlay. I changed the standard white bridge-pins for black ebony pins with inlay. The sound only became better after changing.
For me my HD-28 is more than a guitar. I'm very gratefull that I had enough money to buy one. It has become an instrument I play and care with respect. In the meantime it has given me new melodies for writing other songs. close [-]
Next on my list...
by Mike from SW MississippiThe Martin HD-28 is the next acoustic on my list. After shopping around in several large music stores with my Dad, and drooling over instruments only a pro can afford ($7-$12k), This is the next guit... read more [+]ar on my wishlist.
August 19, 2007
Music Background: Hobbyist, Student, Live Sound Engineer, Recording technician
At the top of our list for priorities was tone, and boy does this Martin have tone! The highs were silky and bright, while the mids and bass were well rounded and mellow. My dad plays a garage sale guitar, and I play an Ovation super slim roundback, and one of the most noticeable things about this guitar was the amazingly full tone. We had played Gibsons, Taylors, and a really good little Fender, not to mention every other martin in the store, but this took the cake, and was much cheaper than many of the other models we had tried.
The aesthetic isn't as great as some other models, asother reviewers have noted,but the smoothe sonics and playability, will more than make up for it. The neck is slim, but has enough surface area for a good grip, and is fast enough for the most demanding bluegrass runs.
The intonation was spot on, and the fit and finish was top notch, even surpassing some of the gibsons we had played.
If you want Rock 'n Roll, get an electric, but if you want clear ringing bluegrass tone, get the HD-28. Like the initials, the tone is indeed High-Definition!! close [-]
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