Name: Jean Date: 4-16-13 Review: HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: Loud! Clean look and perfect for solo gigs. Better than other Martins, Gibsons, or Taylors. Is the best Martin in production. This guitar will the kick the snot out if other guitars that dare challenge it including forward braced guitars that are just mushy in sound
Dislikes: Absolutely nothing just can't beat quality
Additional Comments: This guitar smells good!
Name: Joe W. Date: 4/16/2013 Review: HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: Got a chance to check out the Martin dealer nearby. Sat down in a room by myself with 2 D-28s, 3 HD-28s, and 2 HD-28Vs. The winners were clearly the HD-28. The D-28 sounds too weak since it is limited by straight braces. The HD-28V is very woody and would sound great only for a tiny percentage of music. This being music leaning towards deep country solo performing, but sounds DEAD.... The HD-28s shined and vibrated through my body and I felt like the sound of the guitar was standing in front of me. I expected the HD-28V to be the best, but I am disappointed. The HD-28V is just a the guitar that a retired man like my father gravitates to with its old beat up look and dark bland sound perfect for a solo couch performance of the honky tonk days of yesteryear. My dad has the HD-28V and likes it, but that's a guy who still listens to music on a record player still and has never sent an email in his life.... The HD-28 has the classic Martin thump, but the overtones are better and highs are able to shine through too and spice up the music. The HD-28 would be the guitar choice of the up and coming next artist to take his/her place next to Presley, Cash, Snow, Haggard, Jones, Dylan, Williams, and the other legends. The HD-28 is the peak of modern guitar making. Also, the general public's ear and taste in the 21st century is definitely in tune with the standard HD-28. Due to people gravitating to a guitar that has history, but has a modern sound which is what the HD-28 is. I took a college class and the professor explained the modern sound people like to listen to in the 21st century. The old time dry sound that guitars like the HD-28V's dry tone and sound are a thing of the past. This dry sound the V represents is exactly what Nashville tried to get away from with the Nashville Sound with pioneers like Chet Atkins trying to make sure the dry tone got replaced with a more alive modern sound and that's the Nashville sound, which modern music is based on. The HD-28V would work best as playing traditional country pre-1950 (pre-Nashville sound or rockabilly). The HD-28 has a crystal glass sound that is in recordings now and is what people are looking for. The D-28 offers this pleasing pitch, but it is much more tame since its braces are not scalloped, but would be a good choice in bluegrass. Mumford and Sons uses the D-28, but they have have so many diverse traditional instruments that a guitar with scalloped braces is not needed since only a more fundamental sound is needed and it works for them since the rich tone of scalloped models can be replaced with other instruments filling the audio landscape.
I definitely believe the greatest acoustic recordings are going to be achieved on the HD-28 during this generation and not the D-28 or HD-28V. I classify the standard D-28 as the bluegrass lead guitar if it has opened up from a few years of good honest playing. The HD-28V as the guitar a man that has lived a long time and enjoys music before rock and roll. The HD-28 is the pop artist groovy rock and roll guitar. If you dream of reaching Elvis Presley's fame this is the guitar to shake your hips too and sing "Hound Dog" like a 1950's Elvis with the screaming girls. The Elvis Presley Martin D-28 used the same bracing and design of the HD-28 too and represents and honors a music legend in such a beautiful sound. The HD-28 is a tribute to tradition honoring the D-28 players of the herringbone pre-war era and the post-war rock and roll stars and folk revivalist. The HD-28 is the guitar in Martins line that takes its influences from the past and preparing for the future. The D-28 lacks a nod to the pre-war sound/appointments and the Vintage HD-28V only honors the pre-war sound failing to acknowledge the great music that occurred after the herringbones were replaced initially. The standard HD-28 combines these great moments over the 20th century and takes a leap forward to the future of popular music. I can see the next star in the dressing room strapping on a HD-28 onto his shoulder and walking onto stage with thousands of screaming fans. And when he strums his first chord he will be honoring every martin player and lover of all eras while creating a new legacy to leave for the next generation.
Dislikes: The only change I would make is having a guitar strap shipped with guitar. Guitar action from factory is too high and will be noticed during marathon jams. Once a good setup happens OH Boy now you are in business!
Additional Comments: HD-28 is the best value in Martins line and is the choice of a serious musician. If you believe you can leave a legacy behind get this guitar. D-28s and HD-28Vs are good, but not made to produce a modern sound.
Name or Forum username: Jstone Date: Mar.2013 Review: Martin HD28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Likes: is better each and every time I play it. I take it to every show, and gets the typical battle scars. i believe this day and age to be the "golden era' for Martin.
Dislikes: Not a fan of the plastic case, leaves little space for supplies, capo, strings, ect.
Additional Comments: this is still the cloth that all of others were cut from, even Collings cut some of these open to see what made the tick.
Name: Andrew Date: 1.7.13 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: This is by far the best guitar I have played. It is superior to any guitar I have played. My Gibsons sound like toy guitars now. I can't pass the case of the guitar without opening it up and playing. Also, the one I got is just beautiful the Rosewood was just perfection.
Dislikes: NOTHING!!!! This guitar is the real DEAL!!!! Those that say that you are crazy for buying this guitar are just JEALOUS! This guitar is perfect. A person will have to play multiple HD-28's to find the one they love. Luckily I found the one I love. I bet Maury or any other dealer will be willing to send you pictures and audio to make sure you are getting the guitar of your dreams.
Additional Comments: I don't think I will buy another guitar. This is just perfection. The standard D-28 sounds like a wimp to the HD-28. The HD-28V is good, but lacks the perfect mix of old and modern like the HD-28. BUY this guitar only if you can actually Play really good and do the guitar justice. This guitar is the major league guitar. I have already been offered a recording contract after having this guitar for around a month now. This guitar changed my life.
Name: Mark Date: 2013 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 1 - Save your money
Likes: It sounded excellent out of the box. Sounded almost as good as my 1944 D-28 I have had since I was 19. Martin really created something great with this model when it's new.
Dislikes: I bought the HD-28 in 1994 I believe. Now in 2013 it has finally died out on me. The guitars tone is just awful now. The thing is loud and out of control. The sound of this guitar now being this old is like having a group of people with low and high voices screaming. Just isn't pretty. If you are going to buy a quality guitar that will last forever buy a D-28 made before 1960.
Additional Comments: Wish the HD-28 kept its awesome sound. Just didn't age right even though I babied it with the right humidity. Look for the old stuff or buy a Standard D-28.
2/6/13 - Update: Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: This is a response to my previous HD-28 review. My HD-28 is just fine now and sings like a choir of angels. I had to have it taken into my local guitar repair shop. After a tune up this guitar is amazing
Additional Comments: Love this guitar and you can delete my previous review because this guitar deserves now to have a 5 star rating from me.
Forum username: Fiveguitars Date: 09-13-2012 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Likes: The D-28 is the standard-bearer of acoustic flat tops.
Possibly the most versatile acoustic guitar ever built. I believe Martin's primary goal has always been to assure consistency of materials and craftsmanship that produces reliable and repeatable sound model to model
Dislikes: Nothing worth mentioning comes to mind.
Additional Comments: Unless you opt for a Collins or Santa Curz at twice the price, nothing can really match the sound of an HD-28 for the price. As testimony to this, it seems the majority of other guitar comparisons are matched up against Martin's because Martin is the standard.
Name: Paul Bryant Date: 06/27/2012 Review: 2006 Martin HD28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: This guitar is a dream to play and although it sounds like I am tooting my own horn this guitar *DOES* make my voice sound better. I have been told for years that I have a good voice; but I don't know what it is about this particular guitar; but it makes me sound better then I have ever sounded and even those that have listened to me sing before have asked if I have been taking singing lessons; because of how much better my voice sounds when singing while accompanying myself with my 2006 HD28.
Dislikes: That I didn't buy this sooner.
Additional Comments: I use to have an electric 1963 Duo-Sonic Fender and a Gibson ES335 with gold plated vibrato and neither of those made my voice sound half as good as this one does.
Name: John Date: 12/26/2011 Review: Martin HD28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: The wonderful sound produced even when lightly strumming the guitar.
Additional Comments: Got a great price on this guitar from Maury.
Name: Terry Date: 4/21/10 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: Great bass and nice bright highs. I changed strings to 12's and sound was better. A little less muddy for a new guitar. Bonus was the action was even a tad lower. Spot on intonation! I checked every fret with a digital tuner. Perfect factory set up..
It will be a real canon when it opens up.
Dislikes: Don't get to play my other guitars much anymore! And I loved my old 1966 Gibson J-50 I have had since new!
Additional Comments: Maury has the best price in the country from what I could find...
Date: Dec. 30,2009 Review: HD Martin 28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 3 - Good product give it a try
Likes: When strings are new this guitar sounds great. Of course I'm proud to own one of these extremely popular guitar. Action was great out of the box.
Dislikes: AS soon as strings get just a little worn, the deep tones that make this guitar dampen a lot.
Name: John S Date: 21-03-2010 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Likes: Everything!Beatiful sound in high and low. I own a 2001 Martin HD-28 Bought it in 2006 After 4 years playing it sounds better and better.
Additional Comments: My guitar has an LR Baggs active element build in and sounds great on my AER C60 amp. Hope to buy a D-45 in the future to.
Date: Dec. 30,2009 Review: HD Martin 28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 3 - Good product give it a try
Likes: When strings are new this guitar sounds great. Of course I'm proud to own one of these extremely popular guitars. Action was great out of the box.
Dislikes: AS soon as strings get just a little worn, the deep tones that make this guitar dampen a lot.
Name: Gary Date: 12/3/09 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 1 - Save your money
Likes: nothing special
Dislikes: Customer service
Additional Comments: Had my HD28 only 6 months, it was new and had to send back to Nazareth for repair. Bracing on the top of the guitar was coming apart. They told me 12 to 14 weeks to get it back. They said "Even if it was Paul McCartney he would have to wait in line" That totally turned me off to their guitars. I did tell them that I actually do play music and make a semi living at it. My Alvarez Yiari is 14 years old and NEVER had one problem. Even to this day. Alvarez Yiari next!
Name: Jack Date: 8-20-2009 Review: HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: Has the right feel and quality sound. Everyone that hears it, loves it.
Dislikes: Can't fault it.
Forum username: Joeman Date: 4/4/2009 Review: Martin HD 28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Likes: This guitar sounds so rich. Like night and day difference from any other guitar.
Dislikes: It's too good! Now my D-16GT sounds like cr@p in comparison!!!
Additional Comments: Thanks, Maury, for the best price on this guitar!
Name: G. Parker Date: May 14/08 Review: HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Likes: If all the other guitar makers are trying to capture that Martin sound, why not just buy a Martin and get the sound. I love the workmanship on this guitar, beautiful piece of Indian Rosewood on back and matching sides. It's a 2001 so sound is just starting to hit me. Seems like it's sounding better every day. For those who have just bought one, or are ready to buy, look forward to a great sound in five or six years.
Nice balance. Good bottom end for that authentic bluegrass run.
Dislikes: Here's the thing. I've owned lots of good guitars before but this is the first guitar that I've had to really watch the humidity of its environment. With the scalloped bracing and thinner piece of spruce on the top, combined with medium strings (for bluegrass punch)BE CAREFUL. Get yourself a humidity guage and keep it between 45 and 50 per cent at all times or you will regret it.
Saddle had to be compensated as string lengths were off from the factory. Replaced plastic nut and saddle with bone. Frets wear quickly (had to replace first seven frets and used Jim Dunlop fret wire because it is heavier and does not wear as fast).
Additional Comments: I should have asked for the regular case instead of the plastic one - I find the aluminum edging warps. Trick is to keep it closed and latched even if the guitar is out of the case.
Also, the Martin emblem scrolled into the case is like a be sign that says "steal me!"
Name: Bob M. Date: 02/29/08 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: Very strong balanced sound with great sustain. Can hear every note clearly. Sounds best with std. 80-20 bronze strings. Can't wait for this lady to age !
Dislikes: Acion too high from factory setup. Needs a good tech to re-do the saddle.
Additional Comments: I chose this HD-28 over a D-35 and glad I did!
Name: Glenn Date: 2-19-08 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: Killer price: $1953 from Maury's. Great setup and just the right amount of bass & sustain.
Additional Comments: I thought I was an OM guy, but this guitar has changed me :)
Forum username: HumbleTroubadour Date: 29.11.2007 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: Exclusive sound,every note is standing. Gives me that incredible C,S,N & Y sound for a far lower price than the D-45 or the CSN Gerry Tolman signature. For fingerpicking with other fingerpickers this one gives both, brilliant high and low.
Dislike about the Martin HD28: This beautiful guitar deserves a better (vintage-looking) hard shell wooden case in spite of the delivered plastic one. Action is a bit high out of the box. We had to lower the bridge a little bit.
Additional Comments: Has become my music partner for writing new songs.
Name: Bob B Date: 12/4/2007 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: I absolutely love the rich sound this guitar produces,
particularly when fingerpicking in combination with a flatpick.
Dislike about the Martin HD28: Nothing.
Additional Comments: In 1997, I traded a 1983 Martin D-45 for a new HD-28 (received some $ too!) and have never regretted the swap. The HD-28 is by far the better sounding guitar.
Name: Greg B Date: Oct 15 2007 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: Just bought the HD-28, love the solid feel it gives. The neck shape takes a bit to get used to but once I did I loved it, it fills out my hand beautifully. Very nice low-end sound. (because of the price I am being very picky, a lesser price guitar with the same sound/action would be rated as near perfect, although this definitely is close). Herringbone trim is amazing, lots of little things I could go on forever about it. I can't wait to age right alongside my new HD-28 as it will only open up more and sound better every time I pick it up.
Dislike about the Martin HD28: Action is a tad bit high out of the box. High-end tones seem to be a bit difficult to bring out. I'm hoping they will eventually "loosen up" with age. Mid-range is somewhere between the high and low-end sound quality but I'm expecting it to improve drastically with age and proper care (becasuse of the price of the guitar I am being very picky about things that would be otherwise rated as excellent with a lesser priced guitar).
Additional Comments: I love this guitar and I think I have finally found "the one" I will keep for the rest of my life.
Name: kottier Date: 29.09.07 Review:hd-28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD28: Beautifull sound. Nice piece of woood. Good sound right out of the box. From the first time I've played it I loved that "Neil Young Paintersound (album prairiewind)"!
Dislike about the Martin HD-28: None.
Additional Comments: Built in succesfully a Ibeam LR-Baggs pick-up. Sounds great. Never played such nice peace of wood!!
Name: Jerry Scott Date: 9/25/07 Review: Martin HD 28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best guitar I ever played
Like about the Martin HD-28: After playing this guitar everything else I pick up sounds like a "toy" guitar. This thing is loud with a wonderfully balanced sound.
Dislike about the Martin HD28: They are not cheap but everytime you play it you are happy that you bought it.
Date: 5/5/07 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: Great full sound, beautifully construct and finished.
Dislike about the Martin HD28: Nothing
Additional Comments: I tried a new HD-28 and then tried a 1997 HD-28 selling for 1/2 the price. The sound of the 1997 was far better than the new one. It had really come into its own the past 10 years. Bought the 1997.
Name or Forum username: jeffo Date: 3-27-07 Review: HD-28-2007 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Like about the Martin HD28: It was set up perfect. The sound is great being only a few weeks old.
Dislike about the Martin HD-28: The satin finish on the neck.
Additional Comments: Overall I am very impressed with the guitar and Maury's Music. Thanks!
Forum username: frsimpson Date: March 28 2007 Review: hd28 1981 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Like about the Martin HD-28: Looks Great, Plays even better. Huge sound. Well balanced. Perfect intonation. The whole body vibrates and hums with the strum!
Dislike about the Martin HD28: After playing my HD 28 I can't stand playing lesser guitars.
Name: Gerard Date: 21/11/06 Review: Martin Hd 28 left Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Like about the Martin HD28: energetic, full low, excellent sustain, look authentic
Dislike about the Martin HD28: A little high action at the start for me
Additional Comments: available for all the styles, she always replies present. the true symbol of the American guitar
** This review was translated from French to English.
Forum username: johnytadpole Date: 13 November 2006 Review: Martin HD 28 Rating you give the Martin HD28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: The finish. The balanced tone throughout. Like the aroma of the wood and varnish
Dislike about the Martin HD-28: Having to be so careful with it as it is so amazingly well made and presented. Here in New Zealand it is considered rare and endangered so I'll have to spend more time protecting it.
Additional Comments: I've had a few Martins ( 4 ) in my time and this one would have to be one of the best. The factory case is much lighter than the old heaver ones.
Forum username: RonKT Date: 10/05/06 Review: Martin HD28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 5 - Best thing I ever played
Like about the Martin HD-28: The sound! I grew up lisetning to bluegrass music. Although my style is diffrent now I still love a deeper voiced guitar and this guitar is all I could ever ask for. Deep bass and still blending with mids and trebs very nicely. wonderful sustain and very easy to play. also beautiful without over adornment.
Dislike about the Martin HD28: MMMMMMM... nothing!
Additional Comments: Bought new. Played several other high end Martins this one stood out so I would recomend playing before buying to make sure it's what you want. I did take the saddle down 1/32.
Name or UMGF username: peterbright Date: 12/04/05 Review: HD-28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD28: Excellent tone, projection and set up straight out of the box. I didn't have to change anything.
Dislike about the Martin HD-28: I have small hands & would prefer a thinner neck. End pin was quite difficult to insert.
Additional Comments: I see why all other dreadnaughts are compared to this model. It is beautiful without being gaudy.
Name or UMGF username: R.W. Date: Nov 2005 Review: Martin HD28 Rating you give the Martin HD-28: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD28: This thing blows an ovation away,maybe just personal preference,but in my opinions ovations smell (bad)in other words they stink plastic back and sides,come on!?!?
Dislike about the Martin HD-28: Price would like to see these come down a bit in price but hey, it will last a life time if taken care of.
Additional Comments: I have been playing guitar for 14years and have owned over 40 guitars. Honestly I love the entire martin line.even the "little martin" has an enormous sound for the size and plenty of bass tone.
Name: Ted City/ State: Kingston Ontario Date: 13 Jan 05 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the Martin HD-28: Excellent sound - deep base and "tingly" highs held together with accented midss light, sturdy, feels good.
Dislike about the Martin HD-28: Action is high out of the box. Had it set up but started buzzing.
Additional Comments: I had an Ovation before this and from a sound/projection point of view, kicks butt. From an playability point of view, similar to the Ovation with the nect being slightly deeper in profile.
Name: Chris City/State: NJ Date: 1/7/05 Review: Martin HD-28 Rating: 5 - Best thing I ever bought
Like about the Martin HD-28: Sustain, big bottom, bright top, ease of play (didn't even notice at first that those are medium strings!), as well as the look and feel of this great instrument.
Dislike about the Martin HD-28: The case could be a little sturdier.
Additional Comments: There is a reason why every other guitar is measured against Martin, and maybe even this model.
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