Martin HD-28E Retro Series Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

Model #HD28ERETRO

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Expert Reviews
Review bestcovery com.34444946
11 June 2015
10/10

The characteristic modern guitar sound owes a great deal to Martin. The founder, Christian Martin, developed an X-brace system for internal bracing that’s now a standard for steel string guitars, and his company has remained a force to be reckoned with.

Musician s friend.32822853
22 January 2015
10/10

I have owned mine since 1977, and would not trade it for anything. I have heard and played alot of other makes, but they don't have what this guitar has in sound. Even my other Martin owners of D35, 41 etc. like the sound of my HD28. I also have a 1962 J45 that comes close but not quite.

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    Pros, Consistent, Fun To Play, Good Feel, Rich Sound, Stays In Tune

Musicgearreview com.33034305
8 October 2014

This is probably not the greatest bluegrass guitar, so be forewarned. But it truly has got a wonderful voice that should improve even more with age and not disappoint with familiarity.

User Reviews
Review us shopping com.33655990
5 February 2013
10/10

The Martin HD-28E Retro is an excellent acoustic-electric dreadnought guitar. Its slender 1 3/4" neck will appeal to some who find Martin's other neck shapes cumbersome.

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    bold sound; great sustain; playable neck; a very attractive instrument overall

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    none

Music123.33034304
12 December 2012
10/10

Not sure where to begin. I've played acoustics for over 40 years and this is, without a doubt, the best I've ever played or owned. I've had four previous Martins (2 D-28's, D12-28 and D-35) and none can compare to this particular model. I am very fussy when it comes to guitars.

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    Consistent, Fun To Play, Good Feel, Rich Sound

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    NONE

Harmony central.34136553
18 February 2010
10/10

Would I buy another, you bet. Would I trade my HD-28V with my friend who wants to swap his D-42? No way. This is the best Martin I have played, even better that the guitars that Martin has in their Sittin' and Pickin' room in Nazareth.

Consumer democracy.32822969
27 August 2008
10/10

Alwas wanted one. Love it! Had it for 10 years. Only problem was muyfault: left in car with windows up on hot day. Case bubbled on outside and bridge popped off. Had bridge reattached and bought a new case after 5 year. Love it.

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    sound and feel

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    nothing

12 January 2010
10/10

With the right setup, strings and player, this guitar will make D45 owners stop and listen. Try as many different guitars of this model as you can. They are not all the same. The worst one is a very, very good guitar and the best one will blow you away. I got a good one and will have it for life.

Ultimate guitar com.33757061
13 September 2004
10/10

This is the third Martin I have owned spanning about 25 years or so. They all played well, had great sound, and had very high resale value. The HD28V is a masterpiece. If you need a accoustic guitar this is the instrument to own and play.

Product Description
The HD-28E Retro is a modern re-creation of the classic herringbone Dreadnought. Channeling legends like Hank Williams, this guitar carries a distinct prestige that can only come from the Retro Series collection.C. F. Martin & Co. is inviting musicians to take a trip back in time with the introduction of a groundbreaking guitar technology available in the new four-piece Retro Series: D-18E Retro, D-45E Retro, HD-28E Retro, and OM-28E Retro. Paying homage stylistically and sonically to the iconic classic Martin guitars of the 1930's and 40's, this series features traditional non-cutaway Martin guitars incorporating significant advancements in plugged-in sound reproduction. The series exquisitely captures a sought-after sound, melding traditional models with state-of-the-art technology, and will appeal to musicians and guitar aficionados alike.Martin designers dove back into the rich history residing in the Martin museum and chose world-class examples to use as "tone donors." These guitars include a 1942 D-45, a 1941 D-28, a 1937 D-18 and a 1934 000-28 (long-scale) on loan from Vintage Instruments. Each of these guitars possesses unique tonal characteristics that can be attributed to the passing of time. The premise was to convince the new guitars into electronically behaving as if they were the museum guitars.Developing the new Retro Series electronic foundation, Fishman electronically infused the essence of the museum instruments into the newly created Martin counterparts, a new technology for both companies. To build upon this "vintage-conditioned" sound, Martin Guitar teamed up with Fishman and Grammy Award -winning producer Bill VornDick at his historic Mountainside Studios in Nashville for a multi-step process. They utilized VornDick's private collection of rare vintage and boutique microphones, many of which date back to the 30's and are iconic recording industry microphones. This collection adds unique coloring to the plugged-in sound, reminiscent of the first microphones these museum guitars would have ever encountered in the professional recording studio.The Retro series instruments are vintage in appearance but will have enhanced playability including a modern "High Performance Neck" taper and modified low oval profile. They will all have the new Fishman F1 Aura + electronics system featuring "Easy Mode" with three pre-blended mic/pickup presets and all of the programmability and tweakability of the original F1 Aura in "Performance Mode. "Great for studio or live, this series reproduces the pristine sound that until now could only be accomplished in a highly-controlled studio setting with talented engineers.VornDick said it best after hearing the finished product, "The plugged-in sound of these instruments is by far, the best reproduced acoustic sound I've ever heard." Includes case.
  • Model: HD-28E Retro
    Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
    Body Size: D-14 Fret
    Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
    Rosette: Style 28
    Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped, Forward Shifted
    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: none
    Endpiece Inlay: none
    Binding: Grained Ivoroid
    Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone
    Side Inlay: none
    Back Inlay: none
    Neck Material: Select Hardwood
    Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
    Nut Material: Bone
    Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
    Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
    Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
    Scale Length: 25.4''
    Number of Frets Clear: 14
    Number of Frets Total: 20
    Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
    Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
    Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares - Long Pattern
    Fingerboard Binding: none
    Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
    Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
    Finish Neck: Satin
    Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
    Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle
    Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
    Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
    Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean knobs
    Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
    Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Tortoise Colored Dots
    Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
    Case: 445 Hardshell
    Interior Label: none
    Electronics: Fishman F1 Aura Plus
  • Dreadnought body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Standard ''X'' scalloped, forward shifted bracing
  • High performance neck
  • Fishman F1 Aura Plus pickup system
  • Includes 445 Hardshell case
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