Martin D12-28

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Originally introduced in 1973, the Martin D12-28 is a 12-string guitar based on the classic body design of the D-28. It features a sitka spruce top braced with a 5/16” standard “X” pattern, east Indian rosewood back/sides, and select hardwood (usually mahogany) neck. Ebony is used for the bridge and fingerboard and bone is used for the nut/saddle. Just like the D-28, The D12-28 puts solid construction and choice materials before flashy inlays and binding. For instance, even today, only a white/black Boltaron strip (the same plastic used in airplane overhead compartments) is used for the body/back binding and inlay. However, function determines where the D12-28 differs from the D-28. In order to help reduce the added pull from the extra strings, Martin uses a 24.9” scale length and recommends extra-light gauge strings. The fingerboard width at the nut and 12th fret are also increased. Players like David Gilmore (Pink Floyd), Alex Lifeson (Rush), and Dave Matthews have used the D12-28.

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Street Price: $2,399.00 / MSRP: $3,149.00

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  • The Martin D12-28 is for me the best 12 string.

  • By Uncle Wigley on Jan 18, 2011 | 3 out of 3 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Full bodied TONE, mine has a bear-clawed figuring on it's spruce top, it simply has the sound of all of my favorite 60's - 70's artists, Simon & Garfunkel, Dan Fogelberg, Neil Young, Beatles and Byrds.
  • Cons: We the only "Con" is that the neck width is of coarse wide as are all 12 strings, I actually often only use the D and the G string double stringed, that makes it easier to play and I use heavier guages on the single strings.
  • Experience: I own it
  • I purchased my Martin 12 string used from a great store in Pensacola, Florida called "Blues ...

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Specifications: Martin D12-28EDIT

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/12 String Taper
Headplace: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: White Boltaron
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 24.9''
# of Frets Clear: 14.0
# of Frets Total: 20.0
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-7/8''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-5/16''
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- 12 String
Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Small Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Extra Light Phosphor Bronze (MSP4600)
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Black
Case: 640 Molded
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Optional
Street Price: 2299.0
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