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The Ballad of the Dreadnought


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For slightly more than 90 years, the Martin D-28 dreadnought has been the go-to acoustic guitar for celebrated artists such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Nancy Wilson, Neil Young, Brad Paisley and scores of other legends. It has also enriched the careers of hit-making songwriters, working professionals and aspiring players looking to make their mark. In its quest to help musicians find their perfect sound, Guitar Center is pleased to offer the eminent Martin D-28 Standard to inspire discerning creators.

Renowned Acoustic Tone

The Martin D-28 is sought after by so many singers, because its rich, warm and silky sound truly highlights vocal timbres—whether it’s a Johnny Cash-style baritone or a Nancy Wilson-like shimmer. However, the D-28 also produces complex and articulate midrange frequencies, airy highs and a stout, clear low end that rewards instrumentalists—pickers, fingerpickers, rockers and strummers alike—with strong projection that can soar over a band or multiple players. The D-28’s expressive dynamics let you rock with fury and shift immediately into soft chords or arpeggios. Savvy players can command the D-28’s tonal and dynamic versatility to bring their compositions to life.

Great Playability

The D-28 dreadnought is a big and broad guitar—which informs its deep, bell-like tone and muscular projection—but it’s also easy to play. So easy, in fact, that most players who move back-and-forth between electric guitar and acoustic guitar shouldn’t be hampered at all. The D-28’s satin-finish, slim “High Performance Taper” neck will thrill players who like to burn from open positions all the way down to the 14th fret. However you play, the D-28 won’t stand in your way. Shred. Slap. Fingerpick. Use it like a beat box, strum or tap. The easy playability of the D-28 can inspire new techniques and unexplored artistic journeys.

Old-School Looks & Modern Features

The Martin D-28 broadcasts a striking vintage vibe with its aged toner top, antique-white binding and open-gear tuners. However, today’s D-28 is very far from a nostalgia piece. The lean, modified low-oval neck is shred ready, and the forward-shifted, non-scalloped X bracing produces punchy, balanced midrange frequencies that stand front and center in any mix.

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  • Antique white binding
  • Aging toner
  • Forward shifting non-scalloped X bracing
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Style 28 mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays
  • Solid headstock with square taper and diamond inlay
  • SP Acoustic 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Medium (MSP4200) strings
  • Multi-stripe top and back inlays

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  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid spruce
  • Back and sides: East Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Forward-shifted pattern non-scalloped X-type
  • Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: Modified low oval with High Performance Taper
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Headstock overlay: East Indian rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Nickel open gear
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle and nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

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