6-string Acoustic Guitar, Dreadnought, with Sitka Spruce Top, East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, and Ebony Fingerboard, LR Baggs Anthem Pickup – Natural!
Many discerning guitarists instantly name the D-28 as their all-time favorite Martin; it is the standard to which all acoustic guitars are compared. Affectionately dubbed the “tone cannon,” the D-28 deploys classic rich tone and powerful projection that’s perfect for stage and studio. Martin has re-imagined the D-28, blending the rich legacy of the guitar with their latest innovations. Vintage appointments include open-gear tuners, an aged toner top, antique white accents, and faux tortoise pickguard. Forward-shifted bracing allows for greater vibration of the top, while a modern neck profile gives you improved comfort and playability. We spend a lot of time with acoustic guitars at Musiekwereld, and this D-28 delivers the iconic Martin sound by the boatload.
The dreadnought: a fascinating back story
Launched in 1906, Britain’s HMS Dreadnought was the first all-big-gun battleship and the first to use steam-turbine propulsion. Larger, faster, quieter, and more deadly than any warship that had come before, it ushered in the modern era of naval warfare. In 1916, Martin, which had been handcrafting fine guitars since 1833, christened their new large-bodied acoustic guitars after the groundbreaking naval vessel. Ubiquitous today across musical genres, dreadnoughts deliver the volume and deep bass that makes them ideal for vocal accompaniment, solo work, and many other “unplugged” applications.
A cornerstone of modern music
Martin’s early dreadnoughts set into motion the guitar’s prominent role in modern music and set the standard for tone quality in acoustic guitars. Martin dreadnoughts became known for resonant warm tones, quality craftsmanship, and tasteful styling. For those reasons, Martin guitars became an important part of the music written and performed by the stars of the 1920s and ’30s. The post-WWII D-28 became a cornerstone of the folk and folk rock music of the ’50s and ’60s. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Powerful sound, full bass
The Martin D-28 acoustic guitar offers the deep bass response that’s made Martin dreadnoughts so popular. Yet it also has a high-end presence that sings out even in heavy instrumentation. Martin’s D-28 is both loud and subtle and has a quick response. The powerful voice and full sound of the D-28 have made it a staple in the bluegrass world, but its bold sonic signature has been heard cross-genre.
Quality tonewoods deliver timeless tone
A quality acoustic guitar is all about the wood, and the Martin D-28 serves up a classic tonewood cocktail with no compromises. The top is solid Sitka spruce for big projection and spectacular note clarity. Its back and sides are made of solid East Indian rosewood, a classic Martin material. A solid wood neck with solid black ebony fingerboard gives the Martin D-28 amazing playing ease to match its awesome sound!
The LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Pickup is an award-winning and well-loved acoustic pickup, and Martin have spared no expense in installing these premium pickups on the D-28E. This feedback-busting, natural-sounding pickup is the result of over 30 years of effort. There’s no modeling and no illusions going on here. The Anthem is strictly a well-designed microphone that picks up the guitar – clean, clear, and full of dynamics. While many guitar mics are way too prone to feedback or just as bad… give you that annoying “boxy sound” when used alone…
What Martin Says…
Sometimes innovation is in the details and this is certainly true with Martin’s re-imagined D-28. After nearly a century at the helm, and as the quintessential workhorse of music legends like Hank Williams, The Beatles, JOHNNY CASH, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and so many more, Martin’s legendary D-28 has been lovingly and artfully enhanced. “The post WWII D-28 had a slightly different look than its predecessor and became the centerpiece of the folk and folk rock movements at their pinnacle in the 1950s and 1960s.” says Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO of Martin Guitar, “We have extracted the finest features from the D-28 of both my grandfather’s and my father’s respective eras.” The all new D-28 blends the rich history of the guitar with Martin’s newest and most heralded innovations. The 184 year old guitar maker has combined vintage appointments, including open gear tuners, an aged toner top, antique white accents, and a faux tortoise pickguard with a new neck profile to give D-28 enthusiasts a modern feel and comfortable playing experience. Martin has also added forward-shifted bracing to allow greater vibration of the top. The legend just got better!
- Body Shape: Dreadnought
- Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
- Number of Strings: 6
- Colour: Natural
- Top Wood: Sikta Spruce with Aging Toner
- Back and Sides Material: East Indian Rosewood
- Body Bracing: Forward Shifted X-Brace
- Binding: Antique White
- Body Finish: Full High Gloss
- Neck Material: Select Hardwood
- Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval, High-Performance Taper
- Radius: 16″
- Fingerboard Material: Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlay: Mother of Pearl Dots
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.4″
- Nut Width: 1.75″
- Nut/Saddle Material: Bone/Bone
- Bridge Material: Ebony
- Tuners: Nickle Open Gear
- Electronics: LR Baggs Anthem
- Strings: 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Medium
- Case Included: Hardshell Case
- Manufacturer Part Number: D28E LRB