Martin D-28 Marquis - Sunburst

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Adirondack Spruce Top, East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Select Hardwood Neck, and Ebony Fingerboard - Sunburst
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Martin D-28 Marquis - Sunburst
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The Definitive Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Many discerning guitarists instantly name the D-28 as their all-time favorite Martin, and the Martin D-28 Marquis is the latest incarnation of this legendary acoustic dreadnought guitar. Pre-WWII (the "Golden Era") Martin guitars are prized for their distinctly organic tone and craftsmanship, and routinely sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Get the D-28 Marquis in your hands and pluck a few notes, and you'll instantly recognize the alluring tone and incredible quality that made 1930s Martin guitars some of the most coveted instruments on Earth. You may never get the opportunity to own a true "Golden Era" Martin guitar - but with the Martin D-28 Marquis acoustic guitar in your hands, you won't be missing out.

Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • The all-time standard for acoustics
  • The direct descendant of classic D-28s
  • Big sound, full bass
  • Quality tonewoods used throughout
The all-time standard for acoustics

Among the great instruments Martin makes, it's safe to say that none has enjoyed more popularity than their line of dreadnoughts, or D-size, guitars. Currently regarded as the "standard" acoustic guitar, dreadnoughts including the D-28 first became popular for backing up vocals, fiddles, and banjos in country and bluegrass music. The D-28's popularity steadily rose as more and more musicians heard it.

The direct descendant of classic D-28s

The "Golden Era" of Martin is expertly represented in the D-28 Marquis with its solid Adirondack spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides. The D-28 Marquis is built to the same vintage specs as the treasured guitars from the '30s, and a special aging toner is applied to the top to add the impression of a well-aged instrument.

Big sound, full bass

The D-28 Marquis offers the deep bass response that's made Martin dreadnoughts so popular. Yet it also has a high-end presence that sings out even in heavy instrumentation. The D-28 Marquis is both loud and subtle, and has a quick response with excellent note definition.

Quality tonewoods used throughout

A quality acoustic guitar is all about the wood, and the D-28 Marquis delivers no-compromise quality. The top is of solid Adirondack spruce. Similar to high-elevation European alpine spruce, this wood was abundant in the 1930s and used on Martin guitars of that era. Its extraordinary tone, prized for its projection and tonal clarity, contributes significantly to the D-28 Marquis sound. The D-28's back and sides are made of solid East Indian rosewood, a classic Martin material. The D-28 Marquis' back is further reinforced with Sitka "Golden Era"-style braces. A solid mahogany neck with solid black ebony fingerboard gives the D-28 Marquis awesome playing ease to match its awesome sound! Typically the action is set higher on a D-28 than on a D-18, 35, 42 or 45, owing to the instrument's bluegrass roots where the instrument performs with loud mandolins, banjos and Dobros. A heavier gauge string and tad higher action makes the guitar louder (well-played D-28s are often referred to as "acoustic cannons.") The D-28 Marquis is an American classic.

Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Acoustic guitar based on the pre-WWII (the "Golden Era") D-28 model
  • Color: Sunburst (1935 pattern)
  • Adirondack spruce top for impeccable tone that will enhance with age
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides add tonal depth and richness
  • Period-correct top bracing for classic tone
  • Square-taper headstock with solid East Indian rosewood headplate stays true to Martin's heritage
The Martin D-28 Marquis acoustic guitar puts classic Martin tone in your hands!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Sunburst
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides Wood East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Standard "X" Scalloped, Forward Shifted
Binding Grained Ivoroid Body Binding
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Modified V
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 16" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Diamonds and Squares
Number of Frets 20 (14 clear of body)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Nickel Open-geared Tuners
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Fossilized Ivory
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D28MARQUISSUNBURST

Customer Reviews

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Can't beat it!!!

If you want a full throated guitar, one that can hold its own against anything, this is THE guitar for you! Seriously! I jam with an Old Time group, lots of fiddle players of varying ability, and this guitar can "sing" above ALL of them, but does not overpower the others. This guitar not only sounds beautiful, but looks beautiful, too. From time to time, the other jammers like to try her out and they, too, are blown away by her "voice". As she has aged, her voice just keeps getting richer! Worried about the price, but have never regretted paying it.

That Extra Step

Karl Long is my contact and is a great one to Boot. He came back to his work desk after a weekend to find a Marquis D-28 waiting to be played. What he found was a nugget! 1 I am blessed and have a nack for picking keepers. Well Karl gave it a work out and verified this was a great guitar. So I had a set of aged mickle Waverly Tuners and have one of the best Authorized Martin Techs period. So new Tuners gave old look and set up was spot on! Now Karl knows this is possible. I put it in the que and frankly forgot about it. Pulled it out sat across the room from wife and said dig in baby! Well she tuned it and took off on a song she wrote " Bass Reeves".She yelled out I love this guitar which I was thinking. It is a Martin that for a Gibson Guy that frankly is amazing. It will never be in the back que again and maybe become the Head of the pack. I am impressed beyond all expectations. This is a great guitar!
Music background: Player

Marquis magnificent!!

Tried them all...this is the one. Super complex sound. Great for strumming, fingerpicking and flat picking. 37 and 41 authentic is the only one that came close. I found a special one! Played several of these Marquis and they were all different sounding. Nice people at Sweetwater allowed me to play several of these 28 series guitars until I found the one. Great knowledgable staff. I couldn't pass up the burst in this Marquis model, it is incredibly beautiful, and the workmanship is bar none. I play this in a room and it turns heads immediately... It's that good. Thanks to Dave Walent for his assistance and patience with me. Take your time and find that special Martin for you, it is all worth it in the end. D28 Marquis will not disappoint!!
Music background: Musician

Martin Marquis D-28

This is a status symbol that only .01% of people would notice any difference in tone from a $300 guitar, made in China. Do not get sucked into bying these high end instruments. It is about the music, it is about living your life.
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