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Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic  

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The Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic is the re-creation of Martin's legendary herringbone style 28 guitars. It has a Sitka spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, and mahogany neck with e... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Martin HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic is the re-creation of Martin's legendary herringbone style 28 guitars. It has a Sitka spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, and mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard. Vintage appointments include herringbone top trim, a traditional zigzag backstrip, and Martin's famous scalloped X-bracing that allows the top to vibrate more freely, yielding a louder, more open tone. Limited lifetime warranty.

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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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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. 

Features Body
  • Body type:D-14Fret
  • Cutaway:Non-cutaway
  • Top wood:Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides:East Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern:ScallopedX
  • Body finish:Gloss
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Low-ProfileStandard Taper
  • Nut width:1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard:Ebony
  • Neck wood:Select Hardwood
  • Scale length:25.4"
  • Number of frets:20
  • Neck finish:Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:No
  • Brand:Not applicable
  • Configuration:Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ:Not applicable
  • Feedback filter:Not applicable
  • Tuner:Not applicable
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:East IndianRosewood
  • Tuning machines:Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • Bridge:Ebony
  • Saddle & nut:Compensated/Bone
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:None
  • Case:Molded Hardshell
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:United States
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinStandard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic
 
4.9

(based on 144 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (133)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Stays in tune (12)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't look at brand names...choose the guitar that suits YOU....like the HD-28

This HD-28 is without a doubt the most amazing acoustic guitar i have ever played. i own a Taylor as well, but it just doesn't match up. If you are serious about...Read complete review

This HD-28 is without a doubt the most amazing acoustic guitar i have ever played. i own a Taylor as well, but it just doesn't match up. If you are serious about buying a guitar, don't look at brand names, listen to the sound and pick one you like. I find that the Taylors are really good for live stuff and they seriously lack bass. Martins however are great for all acoustic shows and recording, and live stuff too. The HD-28 has a really deep, rich bassy sound to it, while keeping in touch with the mids and highs as well. this picture doesn't do the guitar justice. you have to see it in person because it's a beauty. the one and only thing i found wrong with it was that the tuning pegs were a little too loose which made the strings go out of tune, but all i had to do was tighten the screws and it works great. if you play Dave Matthews or John Mayer type stuff I highly recommend this guitar. it sounds like a snare drum with strings on it cause it's so percussive and can really take a beating. the HD-28 is truly a keeper.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

All hype

I owned the HD-28 I got fresh from the factory, took it home and played on it for a short time. This was the first guitar I bought. I had no idea...Read complete review

I owned the HD-28 I got fresh from the factory, took it home and played on it for a short time. This was the first guitar I bought. I had no idea what to look for. I took it in to get it set up and was told the neck needed to be reset. This is what happens after 30 years of playing. Martin knew that this was a pretty much a new guitar. They should have taken it back. I sent to Martin for a reset of the neck, and it came back with a gap between the neck and the body. Glue was showing through to. Martin is going to be left in the dust in a few years. This piece of junk should have never left the factory in the first place, let alone the poor craftsmanship trying to fix it.

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5.0

The absolute best guitar!

By JM

from Destrehan, La.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

    I've played many guitars through the years but this HD28 is hands down the best I've ever played! It sounds better than any guitar I've heard. I have a 1985 D18 which is a very nice guitar but I believe the HD28 sounds much better. If you even remotely thinking about buying this guitar, don't hesitate! You won't regret it.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    There's a reason it's a legend.

    By ABD26

    from Phoenix, Arizona

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

      Your kids will fight for it when your dead. The probate lawyers' fees and costs incurred in the forthcoming legal battle will be 10x the cost of the guitar, but one of your kids will be thrilled, and he'll/she'll have the unconditional love of the greatest guitar on earth to keep him/her company when the Christmas cards stop coming from the disgruntled ex-siblings.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Instrument

      By Mark

      from Yardley,Pa

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      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 Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

        Beautiful sounding guitar.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice

        By ACE

        from Alpharetta Ga.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

          I ordered the HD 28 from the guitar center during a 500 off Christmas sale. I had originally planned on picking the guitar that struck me but there was a very limited selection. I took a gamble and ordered one sight unseen. I don't regret it though. Its a beautiful instrument. I own quite a few high end and even custom guitars. The HD28 has a great sound. Its very loud, percussive and rings like church bells. I was truly surprised at the volume even though I had played many before. I have to say that the action is a bit higher and the strings are a little heavier than I am used to. I wont change anything though, I just love the way it sounds and I am getting used to it now. After the first day long jam session, my fingers were shot for days. It was worth it though. It seems to steer me in directions musically that I might not ordinarily go. My buddy really wanted an HD28 after that session. I think this guitar is worth every bit what I paid. Martin makes a fine instrument. I now own two Martins and I am quickly becoming a Martin fan boy hah.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Out of this world good

          By Larry

          from Portland, Oregon

          Site Member

          Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

          I bought a HD28 a month ago. It is out of this world! It sounds like a rosewood Martin should. There's a sweet chime to open chords and each note is clear and distinct; the bass notes are deep and powerful but the middle and treble notes aren't overwhelmed in the least. And the volume! For years I've been playing a wonderful Larrivee OM model that is mellow and soft, and all of a sudden I have this dreadnought that is much, much louder by any measure. I'm learning that I need to develop a subtler, gentler strumming technique, not unlike what one might use on an electric guitar. But when I fingerpick it's nice to call on that volume with just the slightest increase in plucking pressure. I guess that's in part due to the medium gauge strings that came with the guitar, I've been playing lights on my OM. The woods used in Martins the past few years are supposed to be the best in decades and of course the craftsmanship is superb. No need to get it set up, out of the box the action felt good to me. All and all it is a joy to play this guitar. Can you tell I like it?

          (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A long time commin'

          By BRAD

          from York, PA

          Site Member

          Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

          Just returned home from Guitar Center in Lancaster, PA with my brand new, just arrived from the factory HD 28. She was still in the box, Dan V. the store manager unpackaged her and we both were awestruck by her beauty when we opened the case. She was detuned from the factory so I tuned her up and struck the first D chord and she shimmered with the sweetest sound. I proceeded to strum through chords all the way down to G and I was in 7th heaven. After so much obsessing and researching and reading and youtube reviews I finally had her in my hands. I finally got her home and had the chance to really look her over, this guitar is flawless and the rosewood grain and color is absolutely stunning. The herringbone trim and ebony and spruce top are something to see. I am relatively new (3+ yrs) to guitars but a lifelong music lover(to the power of 10). Had I only picked it up earlier in life...but better late than never. I am looking forward to years with my Martin and I'm sure she'll only sound better as the years pass. With that said I can thank all who gave such favorable reviews and put so much info on the web about the HD 28. I played some Martins before my purchase tonight and new I would end up with one. I think all you other Martin owners out there can understand my intense joy at this moment. God bless America and The CF Martin Company!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Martin HD28 Guitar

          By redbill1234

          from Weslaco, Tx and Ontario, Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

            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.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Martin's Best

            By Columbia

            from Columbia, MD

            Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

            There's a reason why people say the HD-28 is the best sounding Martin guitar. Clear, crisp trebles, Deep rich bass. And chimey mids that don't get lost in between. Excellent note separation, sustain and projection. I own 7 Martin's. The HD-28 is my favorite. It's the ultimate Martin dreadnought. It's the one you dream about. THE guitar for life.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Martin Quality -- Worth the money

            By P1Darrell

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

              Why did I wait 35 years to buy a quality instrument? I dunno but many regrets I didn't do this earlier. What a sound!

              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              HD-28 is simply the Best

              By Scooterflash

              from Orlando, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic:

                7 months ago in December 2013, I purchased a Used 1995 HD-28 in mint condition. The advantage to this purchase was the "28" was already 18 years old and so all the time required to "break in" an acoustic guitar was already completed, or so I thought. When I got it, the HD-28 was ready to play to nearly its potential. I almost said it had reached its tonal potential, but that would not be true. As I have played the HD-28 over the 7+ months I've owned it, it has gotten better and better and better, almost with each passing day.

                I've been playing guitar for about 47 years, and I have owned and played many different brands and models including Gibsons, Breedloves, Takamines, Taylors, and others. While these are fine instruments, none of them can touch the Martin HD-28 for tone and potential tone.

                I already owned two Martins, the D-17 solid Mahogany guitar polished with a nitrocellulose shiny finish, (no longer in production), and with its own warmer focused tonal palate; and a DCPA dreadnought cutaway with electronics. I purchased both of these new and it took a good 5 years each to break them in to where I was comfortable with the tones. They are still opening up their tones and getting better. And that's okay, that's the way a fine acoustic should be made. They are supposed to get better with age and use. Martins are made always with this in mind,

                That is why the top-of-the-line Martin models have the more expensive price tags. They are for serious guitarists and only serious guitarists can justify spending that amount of money on an acoustic guitar - - the are going to have it for a long time and they are going to play it for a long time. That is certainly the case with my Martins, I will have them at my side for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be, and hopefully I will be able to add an HD-35 and an HD-45 to my arsenal. I have specific uses for all of them, so they will be tonally well-developed by the time I leave this mortal coil.

                My professional recommendation is for guitarists to save up their money until they can afford first, an HD-28, followed by other Private Reserve Martin models and then give them the chance to be broken in over a period of years. I promise you your patience will be justified, and you won't be disappointed.

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