Martin D-28 - Sunburst

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Select Hardwood Neck, and Ebony Fingerboard - Sunburst
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The World Standard of Acoustic Guitars

Many discerning guitarists instantly name the D-28 as their all-time favorite Martin, and the Martin D-28 acoustic guitar is the standard all guitars are compared to. Often referred to as "cannons", the D-28 acoustic has that classic rich tone and big projection that's perfect for stage and studio. We've spent a lot of time with acoustic guitars at Sweetwater, and this guitar delivers the iconic Martin sound by the bucket full. When you're looking for that classic, room-filling acoustic guitar sound, then you need a Martin D-28 acoustic guitar!

Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Big sound, full bass
  • Quality tonewoods deliver timeless tone
  • The Martin dreadnought is a cornerstone of modern music
Big sound, full bass

The Martin D-28 acoustic guitar 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. Martin's D-28 is both loud and subtle, and has a quick response. The powerful voice and full sound of the D-28 has made it a staple in the Bluegrass world.

Quality tonewoods deliver timeless tone

A quality acoustic guitar is all about the wood, and the Martin D-28 delivers no-compromise quality. The top is of solid Sitka spruce for big projection and spectacular note clarity. It's back and sides are made of solid East Indian rosewood, a classic Martin material. A solid wood neck with solid black ebony fingerboard gives the Martin D-28 awesome playing ease to match its awesome sound!

The Martin dreadnought is a cornerstone of modern music

In the early part of the twentieth century, the history of the modern guitar began. Martin's early dreadnoughts set into motion the guitar's prominent role in modern music and set the standard for tone quality in acoustic guitars. Martin dreadnoughts became known for resonant warm tones, quality craftsmanship, and tasteful styling. For those reasons, Martin guitars became an important part of the music written and performed by the stars of the '20s and '30s. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Iconic dreadnought design and tone from Martin
  • Solid Sitka spruce top for amazing projection and great note definition
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides for a well-balanced tonal range
  • Focused low frequency response that sounds tight, never boomy
  • Square-taper headstock with solid East Indian rosewood headplate stays true to Martin's heritage
  • Hardshell case included
The Martin D-28 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 Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Standard X
Binding White Boltaron
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Low Profile
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Style 28
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed with Large Buttons
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D28SUNBURST

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I purchased my Martin D-28 in sunburst just a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to wait at least that long before reviewing to get a good feel for the guitar. At this point, I honestly can't find a problem. This guitar is amazing. Looks alone, this guitar is a winner. The finish is beautiful. I have wanted a sunburst guitar for a while now. As for sound, that's where it really shines. This Martin is awesome! I have owned a couple Taylors; one being a 210e and then my most recent a 320. Both were fine guitars and each at those points in time had been the best acoustics I had owned. The thing I kept coming back to was that they were not all that loud. They were loud enough, but I felt like I got lost in the mix when playing with people. I play a lot of bluegrass gospel and flat picking in churches, as well as some other folky kind of music and some Christian praise and worship type stuff. In bluegrass is where I really felt like my Taylor guitars got lost in the mix. Esp when doing little runs and breaks etc... There is an older guy I play with at one church who has a D-41. His famous last words are usually something to the effect of "If you ain't playin a Martin, you just ain't playin guitar" I finally asked him to let me play his Martin and I was hooked. The sound was great. I finally settled on the D-28 after doing some reading, and the sunburst caught my eye. Since buying, I have taken it to church and I feel like I cut through the mix now when playing licks and lead lines. Even my rhythm playing has much more presence. Now for playability. My last Taylor did have slightly lower action, but obviously action can be adjusted. That is not to say the Martin is bad. Had I never owned that last Taylor, I would think my Martin has low action. So its not uncomfortable at all really, just maybe higher than what I've been used to. I don't know that I'll ever change it because I can play all over the neck pretty fast with no problem. So if it's not broke, why fix it you know. For me the D-28 was the perfect price point. I feel like I have a guitar that's not overly decorated, but is still absolutely beautiful. And I feel like I've finally found something that I can keep for the next 10 years and still be in love with. I am above and beyond satisfied. Now that I've spent all that time talking about the guitar itself, It'd be rude not to say just how great it was dealing with Rob Krammer at Sweetwater. Rob was very professional, never pushy and very knowledgeable. He was helpful in the buying process and just honestly seemed like a cool dude. Sweetwater was so professional in the shipping and everything (and candy was a nice touch). The guitar arrived neatly packaged and in tune! This is the best buying experience I've had. Never will I use guitar center again (bad experience last time). Also, Rob was great to follow up and take care of some questions I had after buying. If I buy anything else in the future, it will be from Rob at Sweetwater. Thanks Rob, and thanks Sweetwater. I am a very happy customer!
Music background: Hobby guitarist, Church Music


I mainly play electric guitars. The only acoustics I had in the past were sub $500 guitars. They were ok. Tough to play and sounded ok. I decided I wanted a high end acoustic for my collection.So after a few months I decide on this. Once I played it I thought "This is what an acoustic really is" The sunburst finish is beautiful. The craftsmanship is is top notch. And it plays sounds great! Playing acoustic is fun again. I don't feel like I am fighting with it like the others I have. But that is true with most quality instruments. They are easier to play. Thanks to Ryan and Sweetwater for the best service!
Music background: Hobbiest

My Martin D28

I am absolutely thrilled and in love with my new Martin D-28. I have a D-28 Herringbone that I bought when I was in high school back in 1978. It needed a friend!Thanks to the great folks at Sweetwater. Amazing service with a great follow up. I am always very pleased to work with them.
Music background: Leader ot the Rick Cavender Band


I went back and forth for months on what "lifelong" acoustic I was going to buy. My sales engineer, Aaron Regenold awnsered hundreds of questions for me. I still was deciding when I checked out sweetwater on a late Friday afternoon and this beauty popped up. Just added to the site, I couldn't believe my eyes from the photos. Obviously I knew a d28 is the standard of dreds but honestly, I was not prepared for the quality and amazing sound that this Martin delivered. The finish is better in person and it's honestly the best sounding and playing acoustic I have ever laid my hands on. I'll be adding an internal passive pickup at some point but besides that and a strap button, this is all the acoustic I'll ever need. Thanks again Aaron, you're really a great guy and he's never pushy or sales driven. I feel like he's a good buddy looking out for his friends. Thanks again l!
Music background: Worlds okayest guitar player..kind of.

Great looking and sounding guitar

I once had a D28 and sold it. I always regretted it. When I saw this one in sunburst I knew that I had to add it to my collection. I am not disappointed in my selection. It came with medium 13 strings. Nice sound but too hard on my fingers. I changed them to 11s. Not as loud but still sounds real nice and easier on my fingers.
Music background: Intermediate
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars