I am over 50 years old, I have played literally hundreds of guitars during my life, I have been personal friends with guitar makers and collectors, even with the guy who made the first Martin 12-string from his own D-28. This guitar has the best sound of any dreadnought I have ever played. That it also looks good is great, but the sound is everything.
Model Year: 1988
Price: $1320.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local store
Made in USA - Indian rosewood body and back, spruce top with scalloped braces, ebony fingerboard and bridge, Schaller tuners -- classic Martin dreadnought shape with herringbone top binding.
Very easy to play with flat pick or fingers, the neck is straight and flat, the fingerboard easy to touch, action is excellent (although stiffer if I use medium strings, which I don't do anymore).
Sound is warm and vibrant, with clearly distinguishable bass notes and amazingly bell-like treble notes! Plenty of volume even with light (12 mm) strings. This is literally the best sounding dreadnought guitar I have ever played (and I have played many many many over 40 years), whether strumming or fingering. The rosewood sound blends with my mature voice better than my mahogany D-18 does.
No difficulties mechanically, I have had the truss rod adjusted once, and perhaps someday I will need to have the neck re-set, as I did my D-18 so many years ago. This company has its reputation for a reason.
If this guitar were ever lost or stolen I would buy another just like it. It has the sound that I've been looking for in an acoustic guitar my whole life. My favorite thing about this guitar is its wonderful, solid sound. My least favorite thing is the placement of the factory installed strap button on the neck. It is placed at a point that causes the guitar to roll foward when I'm standing and playing.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, TN
Guitar has a solid spruce top, and solid Indian Rosewood sides and back. Nice gloss finish with the old herringbone pattern in the white binding around the body. The guitar has pearl dot inlays on an ebony fingerboard.
This is an absolutely wonderful guitar to play. I keep the action a little high for bluegrass but it still is easy to play.
Very loud guitar with booming base response. Very strong treble response, although the bottom end is what strikes you most about this guitar. Excellent for playing bluegrass and folk music.
This is a very well built guitar. Its holding up just fine.
The HD28 is an excellent guitar and plays better than most guitars in the price range. I have heard other guitars with better tone but they came from small shop manufacturers. For the money this is one of the best available. It's amazing how they maintain their quality standards while producing so many guitars
Model Year: 1997
Price: $1795.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Rythym City - Atlanta, GA
Includes features from the pre-war Martin D28; scalloped bracing, herringbone binding
Nice low action with fast neck. Really plays like butter!
Strong bass response and clear highs.
Expect a great company like Martin to stand behind their products.