Martin D12-28 - Natural

12-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, and Ebony Fingerboard - Natural
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A Classic Spin on the Acoustic 12-string

The D12-28 gives Martin's classic acoustic guitar the 12-string treatment. The Martin D-28 is a 6-string legend: the quintessential flat top. Imbue it with 12 strings, and there's nothing it can't do. With its formidable dreadnought size, solid spruce top, and solid rosewood back and sides, this guitar's a cannon. You'll love the tasteful vintage appointments and speedy feel of Martin's Low Profile neck and buttery ebony fingerboard. In the market for a truly classic 12-string acoustic guitar? The Martin D12-28 is in a class by itself.

Martin D12-28 12-string Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Martin's Low Profile neck gives you amazing playability
  • Breathtaking tonewoods provide that timeless Martin sound
  • You simply can't go wrong with a Martin guitar
Martin's Low Profile neck gives you amazing playability

Whether you need to survive long recording sessions or plan to play out late into the night, you'll be glad you have a Martin D12-28 12-string. The D12-28 features one of Martin's amazing Low Profile necks. The slim profile is easy on your hand, allowing you to play marathon gigs and all-nighter sessions in complete comfort.

Breathtaking tonewoods provide that timeless Martin sound

When you close your eyes and imagine the sound of an acoustic guitar, chances are that you're hearing the sound of a Martin D-28 in your head. That's no coincidence. The sound of the D12-28 is the result of the perfect balance between its dreadnought body style and the classic tonewoods it's made from. The Martin D12-28 features a back and sides made of solid East Indian rosewood, topped with premium solid Sitka spruce. The result is that, from day one, your D12-28 will give you the sweet and full sound you'd expect from a well-aged classic Martin.

You simply can't go wrong with a Martin guitar

Embracing the past, while looking to the future. It's a tightrope act, but Martin has always been able to pull it off. That's why they've consistently been a leader in acoustic guitar design, infusing their guitars with new materials, building techniques, and technologies, all while producing fine instruments that age with grace to become highly sought-after, highly playable heirlooms.

Martin D12-28 12-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Great tone, looks, and playability come together in this instant classic
  • Solid Sitka spruce top; solid East Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • Martin's comfortable Low Profile neck
  • Solid ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Hardshell case included
Martin puts a classic spin on the 12-string acoustic with the D12-28!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 12
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Polished Gloss (top, back, and sides), Satin (neck)
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Standard X, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding White Boltaron
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Low Profile
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Style 28
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 24.9"
Tuning Machines Chrome enclosed with small buttons
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated Bone
Nut Width 1.875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze 12 Str X-light Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D1228

Customer Reviews

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One Sweet D12-28

I have more than a dozen stringed instruments, including two other Martin 6 strings (1974 D35 and 2007 00018NB), and a 2000/2001 Taylor Jumbo 355 12 string. The D12-28 is the newest of this group, and I've had it for a couple of months now, so I thought I'd review it for the benefit of others that may be interested in a premium 12 string guitar. First off, the D12-28 differs from my Taylor in that it is a shorter scale guitar (good feature), has a dreadnaught shape rather than the jumbo body of the Taylor, and the feel, while similar along the neck, is quite different while playing. The slightly shorter scale and the more compact dreadnaught body is less of a reach, and more comfortable to me. The sound is similar in chime, but clearly different, although one could attribute that to strings and the difference between the Martin's Rosewood and the Taylor's Sapele. Both use Sitka Spruce for the top. While I always liked the Taylor's sound, the longer scale and extra-large body were problems for me. Not so with the Martin! An attribute I truly appreciate. The Martin has a wonderful sound with its standard Martin Lifespan strings, but I personally feel they're just a bit too high in tension, and I have a set of Thomastik Enfeld AC211 (and may try AC210) strings that I will soon install. The Thomastiks have the lowest tension of any 12 string sets I've found and some of the strings are flat wound, as well, making for a more finger-friendly playing experience. Regarding finger-friendliness, this Martin arrived with a Plek setup from the factory, a standard feature which provides much better action than one used to get with new Martins. I just tweaked the truss rod a quarter turn and the guitar was ready to play. I may sand a tiny bit from the bottom of the saddle when I change strings though, as I like a lighter than typical action. I was originally going to purchase the new D12-35, but I couldn’t find one that I liked at any online store. Additionally, the D12-35 was nearly twice the price of the D12-28, although it has premium features that make it unique, including a torrified European Spruce top, Waverly tuners, 12 frets to the extended body, and a 1 13/16 inch nut width, while the D12-28 has a standard Sitka Spruce top, less pricey tuners, 14 frets to the body, and a 1 7/8 inch nut width. After many weeks of debating, I thought it best to go with the standard series D12-28 and I’m very glad that I did, as the guitar is one well-made, well-finished, and beautiful sounding instrument, priced well-below the D12-35. The D12-28 has the modern low profile neck shape, which is a hair thinner than the older low profile necks, and I’d personally have preferred the modified V, but one gets used to the shape, and if you like narrower necks, then the low profile will feel perfectly comfortable. Before ordering I expected to replace the tuners as they look cheap in the photos online. However, they’re Martin branded Schallers (or so I believe) and they actually look better in person and work quite satisfactorily. I ordered a six pack of Schaller pearl mini tuner buttons from StewMac and installed them, as it can sometimes be a pain to grasp the correct tuner button on a 12 string guitar. I use the pearl buttons on the leading (higher octave) string tuners in order to distinguish them from the standard strings, and this eliminates confusion when tuning. The pearl buttons blend in very well with the standard chrome tuners, and they’re nearly weightless, another benefit of using them. The D12-28 comes with Martin’s less expensive standard series case. Not as fancy as the Geib cases, but much lighter, and offering similar protection. Like SKB TSA model guitar cases, it has a dense plastic outer shell, foam molded interior, and a soft cushioned lining with a storage pocket. This case is more likely to be used to carry the guitar than a Geib case would be because it is so light in weight. The guitar and case combined must be no more than 9 pounds +/-. I bought a very similar case for my 00018NB from SKB, and I use THAT case rather than the heavy wooden Geib case that came with the guitar. Overall, I feel the Martin D12-28 is a very good buy when you consider what you get for the money, and the very high quality of the Martin standard series guitars today. Easy playability, high quality woods, beautiful sound…. This is just a wonderful guitar, and I highly recommend it.


I just HAD to get a Martin D12-28, which is such a major improvement over the Takamine 12-string (laminated top) that I bought in the early1980s. This Martin absolutely BOOMS with depth, tone & clarity! Couldn't stop playin' it for hours! When it comes to acoustic guitars, nothin' beats a Martin. And when it comes to salesmen at Sweetwater,nobody beats Mike Soper! You will never meet a more friendly,helpful,& knowledgeable guy than Mike! Besides that, Mike took on the verychallenging task to ship this guitar to me quickly so that I would get it by Christmas, & I DID! So the next time you order anything from Sweetwater, simply ask for Mike Soper (at ext.1342). You will surely be very pleased!
Music background: Long-time guitar player

A Cut Above

Taking advantage of Sweetwater's Black Friday 36 month interest-free payment plan, for two hours I compared playing the Martin D1228 v. the Taylor 3,4,7, and 856ce models. There was no Guild F-512 available. I wanted to like the combined sound and play-ability of any Taylor better, because I like the looks. Could not do it. The Martin consistently sounded better (pick, fingerstyle, rhythm, and lead) with comparable play-ability and a better feel on the fingerboard. The Taylor's, even the newly redesigned 856ce, was tinny on the high notes without the richness and precision of the Martin on the low notes.The Martin did not come with electronics, which I wanted. So, at the brilliant suggestion of Greg Baum (sales engineer, who is incredibly knowledgeable and did a great job working with me) SW installed a LR Baggs iBeam Active Pickup. With or without amplification, the D1228 sounds great, and I do not have the playing skill to make up for any deficiencies.I recommend the Martin D1228, Greg Baum, Chris Leonard, and Sweetwater without reservation.
Music background: Hobbyist


An overall incredible instrument. This guitar is built for those who recognize overall quality; it is plain, masterfully built, and produces a sound that is totally unique. No pick-up needed. This fills the room without enhancement. I have a $10,000 D45 which is gorgeous, an object of much conversation but frankly can't match this in tone. Rent your house...make your wife get a job...sell your kid; do whatever you have to do to get one!
Music background: 30 years of waiting for a Martin

Martin D 12 28

If you are a Martin fan, then comparison of 12 strings is unnecessary. Well constructed, D 28- shorter scale, clean chime, cool case.Thank you to Marco Sanchez again for his assistance.
Music background: since 1963-all styles
See also: Martin, Martin 12-string Acoustic Guitars