A fabulous guitar perfect for a serious student
Wow - a brand new Martin D-28! Martin, with its rich history as the oldest guitar company in the USA should certainly know how to build guitars that sound and perform beautifully, and this guitar is proof of the value of choosing experience and an iconic and classic design. The guitar does not disappoint on sound, setup, beauty, or hand feel - its really got stunning sustain, action, and play-ability. Some may prefer the louder sound of the HD-28, which is a great guitar too with extra volume for live performance, but the D-28 standard is no slouch in tone or volume either, despite the more solid bracing pattern, with a nuanced and balanced tone. This guitar is a concert quality instrument capable in the right hands of making men and women alike weep at the beauty of what they have heard - it makes me want to play better, study harder, and I have about 30 hours of play time (at least) in the 30 days I've owned it. I play sitting down so I've not even installed a strap button yet. The D-28 standard is known as a strummer and flat picker's dream, and this guitar has never let m e down from the first strum and makes learning a joy. Setup - best I've ever played straight out of the case (and I've played Ovations, Taylors, Tacomas, Martins, Breedloves, and plenty of Gibsons). Did I mention how beautiful the wood of the guitar is? The one I got has a back with a beautifully curved book matched figure to the rosewood, and the spruce top is exceptional too. Sweetwater buying experience was excellent.