Martin's knack for guitar making is the thing of legends. Founded in 1833, their stringed instruments have found their way to the hands of countless performers, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Of course, Martin is also well-known for combining traditional guitar designs with an innovative use of modern technology, and that's what their Retro Series is all about. From the bold, deep tone of their dreadnoughts to the slick and easy playability of their orchestra models, the Martin Retro Series is a true testament to Martin's past and future.
Starting your search with any one of the models in this section will give you an excellent idea of what makes the Martin Retro Series so popular - but if you still can't decide, we'll suggest the HD-28E Retro Series Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar. A classic herringbone beauty with cutting-edge electronics and a high performance neck, the HD-28E channels the spirit of icons like Hank Williams into a flawlessly-crafted modern six-string. Boasting a solid Sitka spruce top, standard "X" scalloped, forward shifted bracing and a Fishman F1 Aura Plus pickup system, you'll have a hard time putting down the HD-28E.
Or, if you prefer the look, feel and sound of an orchestra model, go with the OM-28E Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar. With its vintage-inspired design, the OM-28E is a stunning tribute to one of Martin's most popular guitars of the 1930s and '40s. Ideal for guitarists who play with a more finger-style technique, this guitar's pristine sound rings with absolute clarity thanks to the Fishman F1 Aura+ electronics system.
While developing the Retro Series, Martin pulled out all the stops. They even teamed up with Fishman and Grammy Award-winner Bill VornDick in Nashville to utilize the famous producer's private collection of rare, boutique microphones. Martin's team of designers look far back into the Martin Museum's rich past to choose world-class guitars to replicate. To quote VornDick himself: "The plugged-in sound of these instruments is by far, the best reproduced acoustic sound I've ever heard". With high praise like that, you better believe you're in for a treat with the Martin Retro Series.
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