Martin Standard D-28 Acoustic Guitar Reviews
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Martin Standard D-28 Acoustic Guitar

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  • A Very Popular Choice: Martin D-28 Guitar

    Jun 24, 2006 by George_Chabot is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Musical Instruments
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reputation, hard shell case, good for players with small hands
    Cons: High price for the trim level, soft easily damaged finish, sound tends towards bass

    Summary: Martin D-28 Guitar When you can play acoustic guitar any way you want, you tend to gravitate to one of two options; you can choose a large Gibson, which many people swear by, or you can choose a Martin, which also has many advocates; the most ... read more

  • I think Naught D28

    Jan 10, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lifetime warranty
    Cons: Not worth the money. Lightweight. Flimsy. Economical tuners.

    Summary: Just went to visit a friend and saw a new guitar on the chair.  I picked it up naturally without looking at the brand.  I didnt have my glasses on so I could not see crap.  It was out of tune which I corrected immediately. I strummed a few ... read more

  • I wasn't looking for a Martin

    May 24, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unbelievable sound and build quality.
    Cons: No front strap button. That's it.

    Summary: I wasn't looking for a Martin; I wanted a Guild or a Gibson. Our drummer went out of town for a month, so we decided that we'd "get back to our roots" and play an acoustic set (Honky-Tonk Rock, electric Bluegrass, Rebel Country). The other guitar ... read more

  • Deal ... or No Deal?

    Jul 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The infamous Martin "bark," strong bass, treble, mid-range.
    Cons: It's pretty darned pricey.

    Summary: I had wanted a Martin dreadnought since I started playing guitar, and finally came into enough money to buy one. It was replacing a 30-year-old Sigma DM-5, which had been very well cared for. The interesting thing was, in a blind comparison, it was ... read more

  • When you are ready to play with the big boys get a Martin HD-28

    Dec 23, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sound. Construction. Beauty.
    Cons: Cost but you should stay home if you don't wanna go big.

    Summary: I have been playing guitar for more than 35 years. My collection includes a Gibson J45 and an Alvarez Yiari 12 string. When I was younger I just wanted to be the fasted picker on the block. But that's not really music. Now I'm more interested in the ... read more

  • Martin's Secret

    Nov 21, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The Martin D-28 is a fine sounding guitar.
    Cons: The downgraded fingerboard and bridge sacrifices the D-28's visual symmetry and trademark look.

    Summary: When you bought a Martin D-28, you bought a classic, unmistakable look. I just picked up my special-order Martin D-28 at Guitar Center two days ago, but I'm making arrangements to return it tomorrow. Consumers should be aware that the specs for the ... read more

  • A Religious Experience in Your Own Home

    Jan 15, 2004 by buffoonery is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Musical Instruments
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the finest acoustic guitars available
    Cons: Cost. Many bucks, esp for vintage models

    Summary: As as number of reviewers of the Martin D-28 have already written, this acoustic guitar is a flatpicker's dream. Horswispr has already written a terrific review of this beautiful machine and I'll try not to duplicate his musings, but I'll add a few of ... read more

  • Martin D-28

    Jul 17, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It has truly amazing sound.
    Cons: Nothing special about its appearance. Just another good Martin.

    Summary: Well what can I say about this Martin beauty. It has awesome tone, to say the least. Martin include ... read more

  • Lilvoyce Loves Her Martin D-28!!

    Jun 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sound is the best.
    Cons: No cons!!!!!

    Summary: I have been playing the guitar for the past 15 years. I have played and owned many. I have never been truly happy until I met up with my Martin D-28. I chose to purchase a Martin D-28 for several reasons. I had looked at different guitars, and ... read more

  • The Martin D-28 ("D" is for dream!)

    May 23, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful sounding guitar that will last a lifetime if cared for properly.
    Cons: Expensive guitar that will bite into anyone's budget.

    Summary: Well, this is the guitar by which all other dreadnoughts are compared. Originally the D-2 (many years ago) this handcrafted gem made of solid Indian Rosewood, Sitka Spruce, Mahogany and Ebony is an absolute dream to play and own. We all know the story ... read more

  • As professional as they come

    Mar 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sounding instrument that gets better with age. A joy to play.
    Cons: Martin's customer service leaves something to be desired

    Summary: Martin makes a great guitar. Hands down, and for years the D-28 has been the box of choice for leading musicians. With a great midrange and bass response, it has a very characteristic tone that is appreciated especially in the bluegrass field, though ... read more

  • Still the best dread out there

    Oct 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Classic design; perfect tone for their class; non-scalloped braces for clear, un-muddied voice.
    Cons: Not as fancy looking as other models, but I play guitars for how they sound and feel. Not how they look.

    Summary: With all the guitar makers out there going on and on about "vintage" features and scalloped braces, etc etc. I have to say you just don't find a better flat picking guitar as the standard Martin D-28. Maybe it is because I grew up ... read more

  • Like a fine Wine

    Sep 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: stamina, playability
    Cons: size

    Summary: Im probably the first to review any guitar after 10 years of having one. This was the first guitar i bought, and the last one i really need. When i purchased it, it was tan, almost off white in color, now, it is a beautiful honey brown. I guess the ... read more

  • The Martin D-28: One Thing Commies and Rednecks Agree About

    Aug 9, 2000 by Horswispr is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Musical Instruments
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: bold, rich sound; stays in tune; hammers and pulls sound great
    Cons: a bit bassy for some delicate finger-picking tunes; don't get too close to the mic!

    Summary: The Martin D-28 is the standard against which all other flat-top acoustic guitars are measured. If you’ve ever listened to bluegrass music, folk music, or even New Age guitar music, odds are you’ve listened to a Martin D-28. Lester Flatt, of Flatt and ... read more

  • A Classic Box - A Flat Pickers Dream

    Aug 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent sound quality in a beautiful piece of wood.
    Cons: Expensive but worth every cent.

    Summary: The Martin D-28 is the classic flat top guitar most popular in bluegrass music, but used widely across the board by many talented musicians. The Dreadnaught series of Martin guitars are the backbone of the company and make up the bulk of the ... read more

  • THE measuring stick!

    Jul 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Full, rich sound - great neck!
    Cons: Rosewood looks too dark-chocolate these days.

    Summary: This is the standard by which all modern acoustic guitars are measured. If you talk to anyone who has seriously been in the acoustic performing arena, no matter what they currently play, they will eventually make a comparison to "an old D-28 I ... read more

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  • The Last Guitar I'll ever buy.

    Nov 13, 2011 by
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    Pros: Great sound and playability. Perfect build and finish. Excellent hard shell case.
    Cons: No Martin warranty for UK buyers,

    Summary: Very nice high gloss finish. Rosewood back and sides very attractive and beautifully bookmatched. Sounds great, very playable neck. Perfect set up right out of box. Classic understated look. Absolutely love this ... read more

  • Best acoustic out there

    Sep 4, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Sound, look, quality, versatility
    Cons: none in my opinion

    Summary: The D28 is the holy grail of acoustic guitars; the one that many others have tried to copy. This guitar truly deserves its reputation. I am a professional musician and wanted to find an acoustic that served all the types of music I play. After playing ... read more

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