Martin Acoustic Guitars: HD28V Vintage Dreadnought
by Guitar Guru
”The Grand Piano of Guitars with Spectacular ‘Boom’”
The Martin HD-28V Vintage Dreadnought Guitar has the style and panache of the most beautiful pre-WWII guitars and a tone that will leave you wanting to hear more.
It has been said that the days of American Quality Craftsmanship are over, but whoever said it had not yet played a Martin HD-28V. Martin has a reputation for building some of the best acoustic guitars available, and the HD-28V is no exception to the rule. While loaded with cosmetic appointments, the scalloped forward-shifted X-bracing allows the top to vibrate and makes this model truly outstanding.
This exquisite pre-war replica not only has the deep, rich sound that the Martin dreadnoughts have come to be known for, but a clarity of tone that puts one in mind of the very best in grand pianos so it will sound as good being played as it looks on its stand or on your wall.
While some may find the playability of the HD-28V to be a little stiff, like all well-made guitars, this one actually improves with age; both its tone and playability becoming smoother and richer the longer it is played.
Being a dreadnought, the size and depth of this beauty may not be manageable for everyone. But for those who can handle the reach, or for the vintage guitar enthusiast, the HD28V is a steal at ~$3,300 – including its deluxe Martin hardshell case. Don’t tell Martin, but I would pay $1,000 more for a quality guitar such as this!
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