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Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar Review

by / Friday, 17 October 2014 / Published in Guitar

Martin has been one of the world’s leading guitar manufacturers for generations. Their most-impressive models have been played by bluesmen and axe-shredders all over the globe. However, it’s their acoustic models that sell better than any others. With that in mind, we hired a Martin D-28 for the weekend to see how it performed. We spent around five hours practicing with it before heading down to our local open mic night. We wanted to see how it sounded amplified with a microphone through the P.A. In this article, we’re going to present you with our full review. As you can imagine, we loved this guitar.

While some people prefer to get something more simple like the Jasmine by Takamine, occasionally a guitar comes along that makes it worth spending more. At the end of the day, you should see purchasing a Martin D-28 as a good investment. The standard model will set you back a whopping £1,899 in the UK and just over $2,000 in the US. However, it will last you for a lifetime. These guitars are built from only the best materials, and they’re more durable than anything else you might have lying around at home.

Aesthetics:

While the Martin D-28 sticks to the standard acoustic design, it stands out from the crowd for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it sports a shine like we’ve never seen in the past. Secondly, it’s a little bigger than most of the other models in the same category. Overall, we were impressed with the way this guitar looks, and consider it to be one of the most attractive editions in the Martin range.

Playability:

You’ll need to be a good guitar player to fully appreciate the Martin D-28. Luckily, there are lots of websites that can help you reach the same level as us. Indeed, you should read through this crash course guitar Jamplay review if you need to improve on your skills. We thought this guitar offered a smooth and fast action thanks to low strings and a well-built neck. Some people might think it’s a little too thick for their liking, but it just takes time to get used to it.

Performance when amplified:

As we said a moment ago, we headed down to our local open mic night to see how the guitar would compare to those played by other musicians. While you can get an electro-acoustic edition of this model, we only had the standard acoustic. That meant we would have to amplify the guitar using microphones. As we’re sure you realize, that impacts on sound quality.

Even though we did that, the Martin D-28 still sounded better than any of the other guitars played that night. Indeed, musicians we know were asking if they could borrow it for their set, even though they had bought their guitars along.

Conclusion:

If you’ve got a couple of thousand to spend and you’re looking for a guitar that will sound impressive for decades, you simply can’t go wrong with the Martin D-28. We wholeheartedly recommend this guitar to you.

Thanks for stopping by guys. We’ll see you back here for more reviews very soon!

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