Martin HD-28 - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top and Rosewood Back and Sides - Natural
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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!

Martin HD-28 Features:
  • Sitka Spruce Top.
  • Rosewood Back and Sides.
  • Rosette: Style 28.
  • Back Purfling: HD Zig Zag.
  • Endpiece: White Boltaron.
  • Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron.
  • Binding: White Boltaron.
  • Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone.
  • Back Inlay: Black/White.
  • Neck: Solid Mahogany.
  • Neck Shape: Low Profile.
  • Nut: White Corian.
  • Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Tapered.
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood/ Raised Gold Foil Logo.
  • Heelcap: White Boltaron.
  • Fingerboard: Solid Black Ebony.
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14.
  • Number of Frets Total: 20.
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28.
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss/ Dark Filler.
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss.
  • Finish Neck: Satin/ Dark Mahogany Stain/ Dark Filler.
  • Bridge: Solid Black Ebony.
  • Bridge Syle: Belly.
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Enclosed Chrome w/ Large Knobs.
  • Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots.
  • Pickguard: I-02 Tortoise Color.
  • Hardshell Case included.

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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 Natural
Finish Polished Gloss (top, back, and sides), Semi Gloss (neck)
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Standard X Scalloped, 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 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed with Large Buttons
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings MSP7200
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10HD28

Customer Reviews

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Strong projecting bass, with balance

I got a brand new HD-28 in 2011 and have been in love with it ever since. I researched several models and originally thought I'd go with an OM/000 model or D-18 if I went with a dreadnought because I play more fingerstyle than I do driving bluegrass style. After playing about 12-15 models from the 15 series all the way up to the D-35, I knew this was the one. It was the first one I played and ended up being the last one I played. It has an amazing projected bass quality but still allows the highs to cut through when you need them. It is the most balanced and playable guitar I have ever played and I'll never regret the day I got it.
Music background: 16 years experience

Best purchase ever!

Ive been pining for this Martin Guitar since I was in a band back in the 70"s. It is precisely the sound and quality i've been looking for and expect from a Martin!
Music background: Ex musician, more of a hobbyist and forever a student!

Confesiona of a Martin Addict

About a year ago, I acquired my first Martin – a steel string Backpacker – truly, the ‘bottom-of-the-line’ but, compared with the inexpensive and cumbersome guitars I had been toting around and playing for the 35 years or so previously (Harmony Sovereign and a Framus 6-string) I found it’s playability a pleasure – though it’s sound leaves quite a lot to be desired. It was, however, portable – and together with substantially adjusted expectations, it met many needs for me. But a seed had been planted. I had tasted (touched) something better than what I had touched before. If it helps to understand my point of view or experience, I am a devoted acoustic player - and have never owned or played an electric or amplified acoustic guitar of any kind. My addiction continued as I bought a D-15 Custom build (Mahogany) about 4 months ago. This was the first really ‘good’ guitar I ever owned. It was easy to play and had wonderful resonance and tone. It actually made me sound like a better guitarist. I was pleased – for a while. But, as with all addictive behaviors, it continued to grow. More recently, I began shopping around and stopping into local guitar stores to play other/better models of the Martin line and have recently settled on a new HD-28. Martin, arguably, made it's modern reputation with top quality acoustic guitars on the back of thee D28 series. Th "H" in the model number here refers primarily to trim elements on the front, edges and back of the instrument. I have moved from being a man who walked, to one who rode a horse, then a car – and now a Limo. Wow! What sound! What absolute playability! The appearance is a lot plainer than other brands – but it is pretty ornate for a mid-range Martin as the HD model includes the Herringbone trim and a tortoise shell pick guard (unlike the D28 which has a black one.) It is a lot heavier than the D-15 as it constructed of Rosewood (with a spruce top), is braced more heavily and has a lovely ebony fingerboard. The weight is no problem though, as it is light compared to my other axe, a 12 string Epiphone. It is loud, but can be played softly. It is dramatic but can be played with great subtlety. It can be played as the dominant presence in any venue – or as a reliable rhythm background instrument. I have played it with both flat picks (my preference) and fingerpicks. In each instance, the choice is that of the player. Everything seems possible. In any event, I feel that I have graduated to what I feel is a truly top-of-the-line musical experience. Perhaps I am kidding myself – but I feel as though this growing Martin addiction has, finally, been satisfied. At least that is what I'd like to believe and what I genuinely feel right now. On the other hand, am I kidding myself? Many addicts are when they say they're finished. There ARE other Martins ... but as other reviewers have noted, it is difficult to imagine wanting or needing anything more from a real 'player's guitar' than Martin offers in this wonderful model HD28.
Music background: Musicker

Herringbone Delight!

The Martin HD28 is a fantastic guitar! Martin quality, all solid woods, great tone. It has beautiful rosewood sides and back, mahogany neck, and an ebony fretboard. The herringbone trim really sets this guitar apart! The Gotoh chrome tuners are tight, and it comes with a nice hardshell case to protect your investment. This guitar sounds wonderful! It has that ringing Martin tone, deep lows and sparkly highs. And boy does it cut through the mix! You don't have to worry about getting drowned out by the banjos! A great guitar for a great price.
Music background: Active Musician

Martin HD-28

I bought my HD-28 about 3 years ago. I went to a music store here in Phoenix and played every Martin they had. This particular instrument did not sound very good when I picked it up. It was flat almost one step. We brought it up to pitch and the instrument came alive! Beautiful overtones. I generally play in church so I wanted some amplification for the instrument. I settled on a Baggs I-Beam active. There is no drilling into the bridge plate and I did not want anything to alter the overtones in the guitar. I had a professional luthier install the pickup and the first thing I did when I got it back was play it unplugged listening for the overtones. They were still there. I run the instrument into a Baggs active direct box into the church sound system and take a send from the direct box into a Crate CA-125D amp for use as a monitor. Hands down this is the best acoustic guitar I have ever owned. Action, fit and finish were just right for me and I have had to make no adjustments. There is a reason you see so many Martins in bluegrass bands.........
Music background: Been playing since I was 12 or so and I will be 65 this year
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars