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Martin HD-28
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Price Paid for : $1650 USD
Description of Martin HD-28: acoustic. Made in USA. This is a stock HD-28 without a pickup. It is a 2000 year model with rosewood back and sides with a well matched spruce top. The neck is mahogoney with an ebony fretboard. It is a standard dreadnought shape with chrome tuners. It included a very nice plush case, the best Martin offers.
Tone of Martin HD-28:
Comments about Martin HD-28: This guitar sounds great right out of the box. It has a very strong bass, but not so much that it drowns out the treble. It is very loud and can be played as "hard" as you want. This model is suited for about all types of music. The scalloped bracing makes a lot of difference between the HD-28 and the stock D-28. The HD is a much better guitar
Quality of Martin HD-28:
Comments about Martin HD-28: This guitar is well constructed. The herringbone trim adds a nice touch. This initial setup was a little high so I had it lowered a little to better suit me. It still can be played hard with very little buzz.
Overall Opinions of Martin HD-28:
Pros: I have a couple of Takamine's and a Gibson and this has the best tone by far. It is one of the best values for a top quality instrument that I have found. I strongly recommend it.
Cons: Initial setup was a little high, but can be lowered with minimal affect on the tone

Submitted by:
Kish Browning (wildfor2@aol.com)
Playing Experience:
six to ten years
Musical Tastes:
blues


Price Paid for Martin HD-28: $1750.00 USD
Description of Martin HD-28: This guitar has a full and complex tone that's well balanced. Other HD-28's I've tried have tone that is more biased to the bass side and somewhat thick sounding at that. Check out different instruments if you're looking at buying an HD-28
Tone of Martin HD-28:
Comments about Martin HD-28: This guitar has a full and complex tone that's well balanced. Other HD-28's I've tried have tone that is more biased to the bass side and somewhat thick sounding at that. Check out different instruments if you're looking at buying an HD-28
Quality of Martin HD-28:
Comments about Martin HD-28: The factory setup was a little high. I had the saddle sanded down a little and the action is comfortable for me (not as low as a Taylor). Other than the initial setup, the quality throughout the instrument is excellent.
Overall Opinions of Martin HD-28:
Pros: The tone of this guitar is wonderful. I also play an Alvarez DY75 and a Takamine N-15 which are both nice instruments, but don't have the tone of the Martin.
Cons: Other guitars will have better action.

Submitted by:
Jim Brand
Playing Experience:
over ten years
Musical Tastes:
alternative blues folk pop


Price Paid for Martin HD-28: $1700 USD
Description of Martin HD-28: Standard production Martin Herringbone D-28, Dreadnought size with Rosewood body.
Tone of Martin HD-28:
Comments about Martin HD-28: The sound of these Martins (the large bodied Rosewood guitars)is a bluegrass sound. This same sound lends well to other styles of music but it is a deep bass with a midrange where other guitars are treble. No ""tin"" here at all. The guitar is at its best when you are picking the strings, not strumming, though it can be strummed. This is one of the better guitars I have heard that is really lively in brand new condition. You have to think that 5 and 10 years from now it is really going to be something.
Quality of Martin HD-28:
Comments about Martin HD-28: Overall I think Martin is doing a very good job of building their instruments. I have bought three new Martins in the last 6 months and they all seem to be of very good quality. The only flaws I see in them are bubbles in the finish. I see this on most of them and I can't for the life of me figure out why Martin doesn't fix this problem. I don't believe it is detrimental in any way as far as durability or tone, rather just an annoying cosmetic problem. The rest of the guitar seems to fit together rather nicely.
Overall Opinions of Martin HD-28:
Pros: I have to rate this guitar very high. I have always thought if you could only own one guitar, this is the model you would pick. Personally I own quite a few instruments because I like the variety of sounds and I don't chose the Martin sounds for all occasions. Price wise I think this guitar is an incredible value. Other instruments in this price range do not close in tone and quality construction. When I bought this HD-28 I also bought a Gibson J185-EC, which is a wonderful more expensive instrument. If I could have only bought one though I would have picked the Martin.
Cons: Some people do not like the way the Martins play. Like all brands they all play a little different and you should play as many as possible to choose one that feels good to you. I pick the instrument in order of this criteria, tone first, playability second (assuming it is sound mechanically), and appearance third. I do this because certainly the action is easier to fix than tone. The Martins though, to their credit, are set up to fret properly and without buzz. This is particularly important if you play the guitar hard. I you're someone that really strikes the strings hard, these are the instruments for you, with the factory setup. Not only will they sound and fret well, they will hold up to the punishment. If you play soft to begin with, this important feature of the Martins may not appeal to you.

Submitted by:
Rick Goldsberry (golds@eurekanet.com)
Playing Experience:
over ten years
Musical Tastes:
blues country folk


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