Martin D-28

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The Martin D-28 14 fret dreadnought guitar first appeared in 1934. With a solid sitka spruce top braced with a standard “X” pattern and mahogany neck, the D-28 differs mainly from the popular D-18 in its use of east Indian rosewood instead of mahogany for the back and sides. Known for its power, the D-28 owes its large booming sound both to the dreadnought shape—a wider waist and deeper body—coupled with rosewood for the back/sides. Players such as Hank Williams, George Jones, and Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney have used the D-28. Until around 1945, Martin scalloped the braces for added response and lows. Today, the Martin HD-28 provides the scalloped braces. High quality materials like bone and tusq are used on the nut and saddle respectively.

The guitar was built with Brazilian rosewood until 1969 when the wood became too expensive.

The D-28 was selected as one of seven guitars that change the way we play in an article in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s November, 2008 issue.

This guitar won the Gold award for Acoustic Guitar of the Year in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 2008 Player’s Choice Awards.

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Street Price: $2,299.99 / MSRP: $2,999.00

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  • No surprise this one is an all-time classic

  • By Martin Happy on Dec 14, 2009 | 6 out of 6 found it helpful
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  • Pros: If you want to strum like Elvis or Johnny Cash, the Martin D-28 is the guitar for you. Those guys used this guitar for a reason. It really is the all-time classic dreadnought. It's loud, it's got great bass and it just sounds perfect.
  • Cons: I wish the fretboard was still solid black ebony rather than striped ebony. I'm also not crazy about the black pickguard. Might prefer something more like a tortoise.
  • Experience: I've used it
  • I like this product because it is a classic. When you strum it, it reminds you of something you ...

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  • Great 6 string acoustic

  • By Don B. on Oct 14, 2010 | 4 out of 4 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Perfect tone with an unsurpassed quality
  • Cons: Pick guard too plain and not in line with the overall quality & price of this instrument
  • Experience: I own it
  • The Martin D-28 is the perfect acoustic guitar for stage and studio. The action is ideal and the ...

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  • A great all around guitar

  • By John Feeney on Aug 14, 2010 | 4 out of 5 found it helpful
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  • Pros: action is excellent and the tones are wonderful
  • Cons: for the price this is an outstanding guitar - no cons
  • Experience: I own it
  • without a doubt this could be the standby guitar for most players who prefer acustic

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Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X''
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: Style 28
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: White Boltaron
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: White Boltaron
Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
Headplace: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: White Boltaron
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4''
# of Frets Clear: 14.0
# of Frets Total: 20.0
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-11/16''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss ; Sunburst available at additional cost.
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Chrome w/ Large Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Medium Phosphor Bronze (MSP4200)
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Black
Case: 640 Molded
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Optional
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