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The characteristic modern guitar sound owes a great deal to Martin. The founder, Christian Martin, developed an X-brace system for internal bracing that’s now a standard for steel string guitars, and his company has remained a force to be reckoned with.
I have owned mine since 1977, and would not trade it for anything. I have heard and played alot of other makes, but they don't have what this guitar has in sound. Even my other Martin owners of D35, 41 etc. like the sound of my HD28. I also have a 1962 J45 that comes close but not quite.
Pros, Consistent, Fun To Play, Good Feel, Rich Sound, Stays In Tune
This is probably not the greatest bluegrass guitar, so be forewarned. But it truly has got a wonderful voice that should improve even more with age and not disappoint with familiarity.
The Martin HD-28E Retro is an excellent acoustic-electric dreadnought guitar. Its slender 1 3/4" neck will appeal to some who find Martin's other neck shapes cumbersome.
bold sound; great sustain; playable neck; a very attractive instrument overall
Not sure where to begin. I've played acoustics for over 40 years and this is, without a doubt, the best I've ever played or owned. I've had four previous Martins (2 D-28's, D12-28 and D-35) and none can compare to this particular model. I am very fussy when it comes to guitars.
Consistent, Fun To Play, Good Feel, Rich Sound
Would I buy another, you bet. Would I trade my HD-28V with my friend who wants to swap his D-42? No way. This is the best Martin I have played, even better that the guitars that Martin has in their Sittin' and Pickin' room in Nazareth.
Alwas wanted one. Love it! Had it for 10 years. Only problem was muyfault: left in car with windows up on hot day. Case bubbled on outside and bridge popped off. Had bridge reattached and bought a new case after 5 year. Love it.
sound and feel
With the right setup, strings and player, this guitar will make D45 owners stop and listen. Try as many different guitars of this model as you can. They are not all the same. The worst one is a very, very good guitar and the best one will blow you away. I got a good one and will have it for life.
This is the third Martin I have owned spanning about 25 years or so. They all played well, had great sound, and had very high resale value. The HD28V is a masterpiece. If you need a accoustic guitar this is the instrument to own and play.
- Model: HD-28E Retro
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped, Forward Shifted
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4''
Number of Frets Clear: 14
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares - Long Pattern
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Tortoise Colored Dots
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: 445 Hardshell
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Fishman F1 Aura Plus
- Dreadnought body size
- Solid Sitka spruce top
- Standard ''X'' scalloped, forward shifted bracing
- High performance neck
- Fishman F1 Aura Plus pickup system
- Includes 445 Hardshell case