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Martin HD-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (with Case)

The H is for herringbone. With its Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back/sides, the HD-28 sounds very similar to the D-28, but adds elegant wood trim. (319) Read 13 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Solid spruce top Punchy, articulate and warm sound
Rosewood back and sides Warm tone with long sustain
HD zig-zag inlay strip Unique ornamentation
Standard scalloped X bracing Top vibrates freely; remains stable

A Martin Dreadnought with Scalloped Bracing and Elegant Inlays

The Martin HD28 is an upgraded version of the world-famous D28 acoustic guitar, with distinctive features for players seeking a unique instrument. First and foremost, you'll hear how the scalloped carve-out pattern on the internal bracing gives the HD28 a sound of its own. Beyond that, you'll appreciate a few subtle aesthetic details that give the HD28 a refined visual appeal.

Starting with Unbeatable Tonewoods

The Martin HD-28 is made with a North American Sitka spruce top. This tonewood imbues the instrument with the complex and rich tonal "snap" that have always made Martins some of the greatest acoustic guitars of all time. The top is matched with East Indian rosewood sides and back. These gorgeous woods are accented with a handsome and distinguished herringbone inlay around the HD-28's entire top, set against a white boltaron binding.

Classic Dreadnought Shape

The select hardwood neck on the HD-28 is carved to a 25.4-inch scale length with a 16-inch radius, and is set with 20 stainless steel frets. There is no cutaway, and fret access is clear up through the 14th fret. The fingerboard is made from solid black ebony and set with shiny "style 28" position inlays on six frets.

Scalloped Bracing Design on the Inside

The HD-28's top is reinforced with Standard "X" style scalloped bracing. Scalloping means that the top is able to vibrate more than a top with a traditional X-brace, giving you more overall volume and bass response. Some would describe the sound of a scalloped bracing as offering an overall wider tonal range, rather than a traditional bracing that offers a tighter, narrower tone.

Subtle Aesthetic Touches on the Outside

Along with the herringbone binding, a black-on-white rosette and a zig-zag back inlay strip complete the distinctive aesthetic profile of this Martin dreadnought. The tortoise pickguard perfectly matches the rosewood sides and gloss-finish spruce top. A set of chrome-enclosed tuning machines with large buttons keeps perfect intonation and string lie.

Features:

- Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Black and White Rosette
- Tortoise Color Pickguard
- Scalloped 5/16-inch X-Bracing
- Solid Rosewood Sides
- 2-piece Rosewood Back
- Zig Zag Back Inlay Strip
- Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge
- White Herringbone Binding
- 1-11/16 Inches Wide at Nut
- 25.4-inch Scale Length
- 20 Frets with Clear Access Through 14th

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- Model: HD-28
- Body Size: D-14 Fret
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Style 28
- Top Bracing Pattern: Standard "X" Scalloped
- Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16"
- Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
- Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Endpiece: White Boltaron
- Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Binding: White Boltaron
- Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone
- Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Neck Material: Select Hardwood
- Neck Shape: Low Profile
- Nut Material: Bone
- Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
- Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil
- Heelcap: White Boltaron
- Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
- Scale Length: 25.4"
- Number of Frets Clear: 14
- Number of Frets Total: 20
- Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-11/16"
- Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8"
- Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
- Finish Top: Polished Gloss
- Finish Neck: Satin
- Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
- Bridge Style: Belly
- Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8"
- Saddle: 16" Radius/Compensated/Bone
- Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
- Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
- Pickguard: Tortoise Color
- Case: 640 Molded
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 21 x 9 in
Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner.) Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles are warrantied for one year. Strings are not covered under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837

Product Description

The HD28 is a newer version of the D28 with a few slightly different features, such as scalloped bracing and a Zig Zag back inlay strip. Just like the D28, the HD28 has an Ebony fingerboard, solid Spruce top, solid Rosewood back and sides, white binding, and a black and white rosette. Other features include a gloss finish and a hardshell case.
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Holy Cow (I am from Vermont) I Finally Own One"
Manufacturer Support: I have not needed to contact Martin. The Wow Factor: Seems an odd question. I buy an instrument to buy an instrument not because it may have some other appeal. This guitar's true aesthetic is its remarkable tonal quality and ease of playability. It's simple and elegant design while important only reinforce the fact that it is a joy to play and listen to. Overall: It is the best instrument I have ever owned. In the Seventies I played a Gallagher. I could not afford it at the time nor was I ready for it. It approached the sound quality of the Martin but did not have the playability. My Martin is a marvel. It is unlikely that I will ever purchase another acoustic steel string. Like my classical instrument, it literally hums against your body as you play and the tonal clarity and balance are superior to every other factory guitar I have played. As a guitarist with a classical background, intonation is very important.I cannot recall ever having a steel-string guitar that did not need further intonation work. Even after the work, the intonation was not up to my ear's standards. It is likely over time, I will find slightly out of tune spots and may have it adjusted. However, the luthier who intonated my Martin had the skill and patience to do a remarkable job. The rumor that new Martins sound like cheap guitars must have been started by a competitor. The HD 28 is remarkable in its sound and beauty.
Style of Music: classical, "jazz", "swing, bluegrass, traditional tunes
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "My all-time favorite dreadnaught"
Sound: I've played mine regularly, in the home and on stage, since I got it new in 1982. Great sound to begin with, and it's mellowed a bit with age (or perhaps I have) and sounds even better now. The scalloped bracing gives this guitar much more life than a D18, D28, or D35, as it allows the top to vibrate much more freely. It's a much louder guitar than any other dreadnaught in its price rage or below. This is a great guitar for people who want a single guitar to use for both fingerpicking and flatpicking, lead and rhythm. Deep, resonant tone really holds a tune together for rhythm playing, especially helpful when there's no bass player. The best part is how lively it sounds when fingerpicked with bare fingers -- you don't need plastic fingerpicks with this baby. Yet the sound still holds together excellently for deep, hard strumming. Alternate tunings come to life. There's gold inside these guitars, all you have to do is let it out. Sounds great recorded with SM57 and mixer preamps (you can hear my recordings at learjeff.com for a clue). For recordings, a low mid EQ scoop is necessary even more than most dreadnaughts, due to the full bottom end. Best with 80/20 strings -- sounds too brassy with phosphor bronze. However, phosphor bronze strings can help on stage. It mikes easily for acoustic gigs. It's probably not the best guitar (not bright & tinny enough) for classic rock band use alongside electrics. Quality: The quality of the guitars being made today are much better than those of the 80's like mine. Action is better (lower), the bridge saddle is thick allowing better intonation adjustment, and also higher, which brings out more sound. I've had no work done to mine in 23 years, and it still plays as well as it did when brand new -- with the exception of being due for some fret work thanks to being played. Value: The only guitars I like as much as mine are either priceless vintage guitars or else very expensive guitars, like Koa Taylors and custom guitars. There are excellent guitars at less than half the price, but none I like nearly as much. The Wow Factor: If I found a better guitar I could afford, I'd buy it in a flash. Overall: My son will inherit this guitar.
Style of Music: Americana, blues, rock, jazz, pop
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