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Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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Crafted to evoke the same powerful tone and sonorous projection as a pre-WWII D-28, the Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar differs only by using the much less scarce, and therefore more affordable, I... Click To Read More About This Product

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Crafted to evoke the same powerful tone and sonorous projection as a pre-WWII D-28, the Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar differs only by using the much less scarce, and therefore more affordable, Indian rosewood instead of Brazilian rosewood. Using only premium-grade solid Indian rosewood for the back and sides and a solid Adirondack spruce top, the Marquis Guitar delivers powerful sounds with scalloped Adirondack spruce braces and forward-shifted X-bracing. A special aging toner gives the wood a vintage countenance.

The list of historically accurate details, nearly overwhelming and totally exhaustive, captures the authentic spirit of the Martin D-28: mahogany blocks/dovetail neck joint construction, slot-through saddle, herringbone binding, neck dart, zipper back marquetry, ivoroid binding, herringbone top trim, Waverly butterbean tuners, and old-style wood fiber rosette.

The Martin D-28 Marquis also has a beveled and polished tortoise pickguard; ebony bridge with long saddle; modified V-shaped neck; ebony fretboard (1-3/4" nut, 25-2/5" scale) with diamond and square inlays; and fossil ivory nut, saddle, and bridgepins (with black dots).

The Martin D-28 Marquis Acoustic Guitar is a lovingly crafted Indian rosewood version of the discontinued D-28GE. Includes case.

Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world.

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Features
  • Solid Adirondack spruce top
  • Scalloped 5/16'' Golden Era solid Adirondack spruce braces
  • Forward-shifted X-bracing
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back
  • Sitka Golden Era back braces
  • HD Zig Zag back purfling
  • Solid East Indian rosewood sides
  • Old-style wood fiber inlay rosette; Style 28
  • Grained ivoroid endpiece
  • Black/white wood fiber endpiece inlay
  • Grained ivoroid binding
  • Fine herringbone top inlay
  • Black/white fiber back inlay
  • Genuine mahogany neck
  • Mahogany blocks/dovetail neck joint construction
  • Modified V neck shape
  • Fossilized ivory nut
  • Solid/long diamond/tapered headstock shape
  • Solid Indian rosewood headplate
  • Grained ivoroid heelcap
  • Solid black ebony fingerboard
  • 20 frets
  • 25-2/5" scale
  • Neck/body joint at 14th fret
  • 1-3/4'' nut width
  • Diamonds and squares long pattern fretboard inlays
  • Solid black ebony bridge
  • 1930s style belly - long saddle bridge
  • 2-5/16'' string spacing at bridge
  • 16'' radius/fossil ivory bridge saddle
  • Nickel open gear tuners w/butterbean knobs
  • Fossil ivory w/black dots bridge and end pins
  • Martin SP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze strings (recommended)
  • Tortoise color/beveled and polished pickguard
  • Polished gloss/dark filler body finish
  • Polished gloss/aging toner top finish
  • Semi-gloss/dark mahogany stain/dark filler neck finish
  • 545 Geib-style case
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MartinMarquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Stays in tune (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
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5.0

Went with the Blonde... couldn't be happier!

By Will

from Yorba Linda, California

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Very comfortable guitar with stellar tone and sustain. Love the fast action with the modified V neck and 1 3/4" Nut. Flawless craftmanship by Martin...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Marquis d-28

    By Big Kev

    from Lindstrom MN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Every time I pick it up I just go wow ! It's like a Grand Piano ! The cords and notes are just pure and distinct . Plaing out with the thing I get asked all the time by other musicians . What kind of Guitar is that ?
      It's the best sounding guitar I have ever played and I own it ! Very Happy , has given me almost 10 years of good service , so far

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This might be the best Martin

      By Photojan

      from Reedsville, PA

      Pros

      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          This is a tremendous guitar.

          Try this: Play every Martin up the line in price, starting with a D-28. Be sure to test the D-35 and all the D-28 models. Four of us spent several hours doing exactly that, and the D-28 Marquis was the WOW.

          Unless you can afford a Martin built between 1935 and 1939, this could be the best guitar you can buy.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My dream guitar

          By Doc Lewis

          from Spartanburg, SC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            My wife asked me to buy a guitar that would end my guitar purchasing. I played over 80 different guitars, but when I picked up my Marquis D 28 I knew I hit the jackpot! It was a little more than I had planned on spending, but well worth it. I'm in the process of selling off most of my collection (except my Telecaster, of course!), I just don't need them any more. I take my Marquis with me everywhere and play it every day. Kudos to Martin, nice job!

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Dream Fulfilled

            By skunkbeard

            from Clarence, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I waited 40 years to get this guitar. It was worth the wait. I bought a Martin 000-16GT tobide my time and a few years later I got my chance to buy a D-28 as I'd dreamed of for decades. After trying a few different modles, I found a D-28 Marquis and tried it. The sound caught me and hasn't let me go. The power of the adirondak top was awsome , and, 7 years later it is even more so as the wood has opened up. The simple appointments stand in contrast to the beautiful harringbone design just add to the feast.

              I am an old 12 string player and I love the wider neck. My biggest supprise was how easy it is to play with those medium strings.

              The guitar is a complete pleasure

              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great finger picker's guitar

              By Bruce

              from Houston, Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Incredible Sound
              • Obvious High Quality

              Cons

              • Not Good For Pick Style
              • Too Wide Up The Neck

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I love the guitar, beautiful, excellent craftsmanship,perfect wood combination, great sound. However, I returned the guitar because the neck is too wide up the neck. It has wider-than-I-like string spacing as you go up the neck making pick-style playing difficult for me. I wish Martin would put the performer neck on this guitar. On my 028EC, the modified V neck is very playable and feels good. On the Marquis, it is too big and feels clunky. If you like the wide string spacing at the 12th fret, then you cannot go wrong with this guitar. But if not, you will never be completely happy. I also am not crazy about the non-gloss neck finish. Thanks to Musician's Friend for the excellent service including the trouble free return policy. You guys really know how to run a business.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Dread you can get

              By guitar jammer

              from nashville, tn

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Adi Toprose Wood Combo
              • Beautiful Wood Throughout
              • Consistent
              • Fossilizedivory Nutsaddl
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Neck
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Allany
              • Can Cover The Spectrum

              Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              Very loud and sonorous. has beautiful understated appointments, and really is reasonably priced. Particularly good guitar if you like wide string spacing at both nut and saddle. Seems to not have a volume ceiling and sounds terrific played soft or finger style as well. The mod V neck took about a week to get use to, now I don't even notice it. If you're looking for a Spruce/Rosewood dread this guitar deserves a very serious look. The Adirondack top is icing on the cake- and, again, very loud. I've owned some very good dreads and this one is, by far, the best.

              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Marquis D28 v

              By Rockin Robbie

              from Vancouver BC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Best Ax Ever
              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Ax
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                Hi ive owned many martin ,Morgan ,Blueridge,tinny-Taylor, and breedlove,I tested all d16rlsh,d18,hd 28v,d35,41,and the bling d45,GP,s and older d28,s and then the D28 Marquis v and holy moses,Blown away,so I just got this marquis and was instantly hooked and stoked ,,its a bit wider neck but the sound is like a thundering piano,deeep-bass cannon ,,thrilled to death and going to stick a SD pickup or K&K,Getthis guitar ya wont be sorry ,,,cheers

                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Martin D28 Marquis

                By Stargazer55

                from Langhorne, PA

                Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I've owned my Marquis since July of '08. This is my dream guitar come true. When I bought this guitar home to family & friends, they thought I was out of my mind when they heard what it cost. Then, when I played it, their jaws nearly hit the floor and they all understood & agreed that it was worth the price. I own 11 other guitars and this gets about 90% of the playing time. In my opinion, its the combination of the Adirondack top & Martin craftsmanship that make the difference. When I took it to Nashville this Summer it was a hit with all who had a chance to play and hear it. The most common reaction was "Wow!"This guitar will remain in the family well past my days.

                (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My Last Next Guitar

                By Martin Picker

                from South Central PA

                Comments about Martin Marquis D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                This IS the holy grail of guitars. I've been through them all and this is it. I even sold a D35 I had hanging next to it because I knew it would never get played again. I put medium guage Martin SP+ strings on it and it plays like a dream. The sunburst is beautiful, and it's otherwise plain appearance is insignificant once you play a lick. I practice with a couple of others who are amped and I cut right through with no mic or anything. I've even been to the factory and met several of the craftspeople that built it. No wonder Martin is the king of the hill.

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