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Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin HD-28V Vintage Dreadnought Guitar incorporates the most popular pre-war features into a vintage Herringbone D-2 format. Grained ivoroid bindings, forward-shifted scalloped bracing, butterbe... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Martin HD-28V Vintage Dreadnought Guitar incorporates the most popular pre-war features into a vintage Herringbone D-2 format. Grained ivoroid bindings, forward-shifted scalloped bracing, butterbean tuning machines, and diamond-and-squares fingerboard inlay are combined to make an exceptional pre-war replica both in tone and appearance. Limited lifetime warranty. 


The HD-28V includes a deluxe Martin hardshell 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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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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  • Incorporates the most popular pre-war features into a vintage Herringbone D-2 format
  • Grained ivoroid bindings
  • Forward-shifted scalloped bracing
  • Butterbean tuning machines
  • Diamond-and-squares fingerboard inlays
  • Includes deluxe Martin hardshell case
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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MartinVintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

HD28V ? The Best Martin under $5,000

Play a legendary HD28 and you?ll notice the rich tone that Martin is famous for. Play an HD28V (V stand for Vintage) and you?ll immediately notice the extra resonance, tone and...Read complete review

Play a legendary HD28 and you?ll notice the rich tone that Martin is famous for. Play an HD28V (V stand for Vintage) and you?ll immediately notice the extra resonance, tone and the explosion of dynamic range that few guitars could ever match. The HD28V features the forward shifted X-Bracing. In the 1930?s the X Bracing intersected close to the sound hole. Because of the ultra heavy strings players used then, for volume, as there were no amplifiers or PA?s, the bridge would get pulled up. Martin compensated by moving the X-Bracing back towards the bridge. This has stayed the same up to and including the HD28?s of today. Because today?s players don?t usually exceed 13 gauge strings, shifting the X-Bracing forward to the sound hole, where it was originally, can be achieved without the bridge being pulled up. This difference in position of the X-bracing?s intersection is immediately noticeable. The tone is less restricted and more responsive as you play louder and louder. The V-shaped neck on this instrument fits right in the groove of the left hand, and plying this guitar is a dream. It is a player?s guitar; you won?t want to put it down. Another thing to look at is the Martin Quality! This guitar is put together amazingly. It goes to show what over 170 years of guitar making can do for a company. Afterall, Martin introduced the dreadnought guitar shape AND invented the X-Bracing pattern. If you are a serious acoustic player, songwriter, or you just want to own that one special guitar, you must experience this guitar!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No warranty

I have had my hd28v for 13 yrs I kept it in a humidified room along with my d35 and d15 mahogany, along with other acoustic instruments.. I recently sold my d35.....Read complete review

I have had my hd28v for 13 yrs I kept it in a humidified room along with my d35 and d15 mahogany, along with other acoustic instruments.. I recently sold my d35.. .any time I played it, I always found the guitar just maybe 10cents low on the electronic tuner... the bridge was lifting and the top sunk because of that... I did not play it a lot because it stayed in that room I used the d15 when I played elsewhere. I drove to Nazareth pa and showed them the guitar. I asked why should this happen. I have other guitars and this hd28v seldom left my room.......it costs $40 for a humidifier , who wouldn't have a humidified room.. they said it was kept in a dry place and wasn't cared for. You mean my most expensive guitar? lol I doubt that!!!!!!!! They want $1600 to repair it and they will not honor the warranty, !,, I called the better business bureau
I am going to take them to court , what else can I do. Martin warranty isn't so great is it? PJZ

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(55 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar - Don't need Anything Else

By SteveHotlicks780

from Hastings, Michigan

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Went to a bluegrass festival and seen a couple of these guitars. I could not believe the sound I was hearing coming out of these guitars. Strong, Clear, very responsive. I had to try one out and so I did. I liked it so much I traded my old Martin D-28 and Gibson J-45 in on brand new one. I have not been sorry for doing so this guitar has anwserd my long waited quest for the perfect guitar. I play it almost everyday. I love it.

(46 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HD28V ? The Best Martin under $5,000

By Perry

from Cammarillo, CA

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Play a legendary HD28 and you?ll notice the rich tone that Martin is famous for. Play an HD28V (V stand for Vintage) and you?ll immediately notice the extra resonance, tone and the explosion of dynamic range that few guitars could ever match. The HD28V features the forward shifted X-Bracing. In the 1930?s the X Bracing intersected close to the sound hole. Because of the ultra heavy strings players used then, for volume, as there were no amplifiers or PA?s, the bridge would get pulled up. Martin compensated by moving the X-Bracing back towards the bridge. This has stayed the same up to and including the HD28?s of today. Because today?s players don?t usually exceed 13 gauge strings, shifting the X-Bracing forward to the sound hole, where it was originally, can be achieved without the bridge being pulled up. This difference in position of the X-bracing?s intersection is immediately noticeable. The tone is less restricted and more responsive as you play louder and louder. The V-shaped neck on this instrument fits right in the groove of the left hand, and plying this guitar is a dream. It is a player?s guitar; you won?t want to put it down. Another thing to look at is the Martin Quality! This guitar is put together amazingly. It goes to show what over 170 years of guitar making can do for a company. Afterall, Martin introduced the dreadnought guitar shape AND invented the X-Bracing pattern. If you are a serious acoustic player, songwriter, or you just want to own that one special guitar, you must experience this guitar!

(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You wont find a better acoustic

By Peter

from Eagan, MN

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have been playing for 20 years and this is with out a doubt the finest guitar I have ever owned. I played a HD-28 at the store and really liked the tone. Saw reviews of the HD-28V and liked the vintage details in the guitar. I took a chance and ordered it. The tone was beautiful right out of the box, incredible. Having the scalloped X-bracing is really kool since it dates back to the 1920's and is thought by many guitarist to bring out the best tone, I agree. The right combination of woods help too. It really is the finest acoustic guitar I have ever heard. If you live in the midwest be sure to buy a guitar humifier for the dry winters to keep the wood in good shape and the tone sounding great.

(27 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HD28V Not Just Another Guitar

By Terry Brewer

from Bakersfield Ca

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

My wife says that they all look and sound the same. Not the HD28V it has that extra tone. A real warm sound. Great reponce and volume. The v neck was a little wierd untill I started to play, it felt really good. Alot more stable feel. No finish air bubbles , a very nice guitar. I have fiends that play older martins amd hand made like noble, and this guitar compares very well to them right out of the box! If you try one give it a chance it will put a smile on your face, it did mine. For the extra money the HD28V is well worth it, with good action, tone, very crisp and clear sound. Im proud to say I own one. Even if my wife still says it looks like my other guitars. Try One

(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By cwilder771

from St. Petersburg, FL

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I'll keep it short and to the point..this is one of the finest acoustic guitars in the world, period. The sound is amazing, the quality of build, materials, finish, and compnay support are outstanding.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best new Martins you can get!

By Big Mac

from Springfield, MA

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

In 35+ years of playing, the HD-28V is one of the best out-of-the-box Martins I've found. I walked into a Guitar Center just to "kick some tires" and when I played the HD-28V, I bought it on the spot. This is the way dreads should sound - deep sonorous bass, clear mids with lots of overtones, subtle highs. Factory set up was fine altho I have replaced the bridge pins with bone and the Gotoh tuners with Waverlys because this is an heirloom-quality guitar. I did a side-by-side comparison with a 30-year old D-28 and the new HD was by far the better sounding instrument. (Read Perry's review below for a good explanation.) If you are looking for a vintage sound but can't manage the five-figure price tag for a real vintage Martin, I think you'll find what you are looking for in the HD-28V.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They keep getting better

By Jay Coleman

from Leesburg, FL

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I had a D-28(1989) and thought it was the best ever. As good as it was this one is better, a tough feat. Everything about this guitar is superb. Old designs and modern techniques make for a great mix of old and new. Just look at it. Wait until you play it. Your own pre-war D-28 that doesn't cost 50 or 60k.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Sound

By Don't touch my Martin

from Rochester, MN

Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have been playing for about 11 years now and this is by far the best acoustic guitar I have ever played on. It has a very full bottom end and mid range and a slightly softer high end giving it a very smooth and mellow tone. The action on it is low and is very easy to play. Not only dose it sound and play great but it looks nice as well. Nothing too fancy, but the woods are beautiful. You won't find a better sounding guitar on the market.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Acoustic Guitar

By Country Boy

from Lillington, NC

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 Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have been playing for almost 60 years. I have played bluegrass and country with many outstanding musicians over the years and many of them playing pre war Martins. The HD28V is without doubt the best playing and best sounding Guitar I have ever played. Whatever type music you want to play on an acoustic guitar, this bad boy will blow you away. It is well worth the money.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Acoustic Dreadnought Perfection

    By JD

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everything you can do with an acoustic guitar
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Have owned many Martin's over the years. 1960s and 80s D-28s and D-18s. A mid 90's D35 and early 2000's 000-15. I know Martin's product quality, tone and craftsmanship pretty well. I'm also up to speed on their current production models. If you put aside their limited runs and authentic series, the HD28V is hands down C.F. Martin's finest production guitar. There is not a dreadnought on this planet that can touch it. I know elitist will be thinking "You haven't tried my $6000 Collings". Yes, actually I probably have. I've played many boutiques and many of them are very unique and amazing. So is the HD28V. The difference is that Martin's is delivering the HD28V for well under boutique pricing. It's phenomenal that they have managed to get this level of quality from a non custom shop guitar.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      HD-28 VTS killer

      By Teddy Two Toes

      from So. Cal.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          Ok first off, I purchased this guitar (HD-28 with VTS) at my local guitar center in Murrieta Ca. It was loud and booming and just had that special Martin sound. Unfortunately it also had a big imperfection on the face and the neck was a little scratchy. So I took it back for another one in San Bernardino. Wouldn't you know it, it played nice and had a better top. But again I noticed the fret cables were really scratchy! After taking it home to see if it would "wear in" (because it had such great sound) I decided that my poor fingers were shredded enough (bottom inside part of my fingers, not tips) and I took it back a 3rd time for one at the Block of Orange. Again same scratchy neck fret problem!?! Also, I have noticed that most of the VTS models seem have a dark strip running down the face of the tops. At fist I was extremely interested in a VTS after reading about Martin's whole terrification process. After seeing the "skid mark" tops and scratchy necks, No Thank You! I got the HD28V and have been nothing but happy. Beautiful guitar,great full sound, neck feels wonderful both on the fret cable and the modified V. I am sooo glad that I ended up with the HD-28V!!!

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          No warranty

          By Zeke7937

          from Pawling ny

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I have had my hd28v for 13 yrs I kept it in a humidified room along with my d35 and d15 mahogany, along with other acoustic instruments.. I recently sold my d35.. .any time I played it, I always found the guitar just maybe 10cents low on the electronic tuner... the bridge was lifting and the top sunk because of that... I did not play it a lot because it stayed in that room I used the d15 when I played elsewhere. I drove to Nazareth pa and showed them the guitar. I asked why should this happen. I have other guitars and this hd28v seldom left my room.......it costs $40 for a humidifier , who wouldn't have a humidified room.. they said it was kept in a dry place and wasn't cared for. You mean my most expensive guitar? lol I doubt that!!!!!!!! They want $1600 to repair it and they will not honor the warranty, !,, I called the better business bureau
              I am going to take them to court , what else can I do. Martin warranty isn't so great is it? PJZ

               
              5.0

              Not sure there`s another to compare to,at least not for me.

              By fchathco

              from Durant,Ok

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Really

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                Spent a few months reading up on all models Martin offered.Probably waisted a bit too much time as my 1st test ride was same one I purchased.HD 28 V.This is one outstanding instrument hands down.

                 
                5.0

                Best Acoustic Guitar Sound Ever!

                By MartinGirl

                from Virginia and Hawaii

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Playing for your own pleasure just to hear it
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I special ordered this guitar from Martin with the acoustic electric neck as the regular neck is a bit hard to play. So I have a beautiful sounding Martin that's SO easy to play! Cost an extra $300 and had to wait 6 mos. for them to make it but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this guitar. Everyone who's ever played it says "Ooooh, this is a REALLY nice guitar!!". I love for other people to play it so I can hear the beautiful richness of the tone and clarity of the individual notes when someone is playing lead.

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