Not many things about the Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar in 1933 Ambertone Sunburst need to be changed. In fact, the timeless combo of Sitka Spruce and Indian rosewood has been heard so many times, that it is a guaranteed recipe for success. However, a new neck profile and forward-shifted bracing pay homage to both the future and past by offering an unheralded level of playability to match with an even more vintage-sounding D-28.
Shifting the Sitka Spruce Braces forward allows for the top to project and flex more. Giving the guitar more resonance and dynamic capabilities. A change in tone is noticeable, be it good or bad depending on your ear, but we love it! The Sitka Spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides are time-tested favorites, so much so that that recipe is in just about every worthwhile collection.
A neck made of select hardwood (typically Mahogany or Sapele) is topped with a black Ebony Fingerboard. Providing a striking contrast to the light aging toner on the otherwise blonde Spruce top. A dovetail neck joint used to adhere to the body and neck is a time-tested and preferred method of build for most. It results in what many consider to be a superior sounding and playing guitar, ultimately. The neck features a modified low oval shape, high-performance neck taper, a nut width of 1.75" and a scale length of 25.4". It's a very classic feeling Martin but with the added benefits of having gone through the Plek Process during manufacturing
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!
The Music Gallery of Highland Park is proud to be an authorized Martin Guitar Dealer. Blending their Vintage Recipes with modern Manufacturing has given guitar players the best guitars Martin can make. These instruments have never been more playable, more consistent, or more righteously priced. Stop but the shop to check out our full inventory of Martin and Martin Custom Shop Acoustic Guitars!