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Martin HD-28 (2018)

The HD-28 adds scalloped bracing and herringbone top trim to the very popular 2017 D-28. Martin redesigned their D-28 in mid 2017, and the HD-28 followed on this trend as part of the 2018 Standard Series redesign.

With its forward shifted scalloped braces, Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides, the HD-28 (2018) is Martin’s signature Dreadnought. Emulating the D-28s that started it all back in the 1930’s, today’s Herringbone D-28 has a powerful bottom end, lots of volume and headroom, richness and warmth, and a strong fundamental presence that’s perfect for flatpicking. It the archetypical dreadnought, and the most often copied acoustic guitar made.

Like all of Martin’s 2018 Standard Series models, the HD-28 (2018) has a vintage aesthetic, with herringbone purflings, aged white bindings, vintage style open-geared tuners and an old-style headstock logo. Gloss lacquer finish with slightly ambered top; bevelled tortoise pickguard, slotted diamond fingerboard inlays, and a zigzag back strip add to the vintage look and red-eye bridge pins finish things off with a little bit of extra style.

Sitka spruce top with forward shifted scalloped bracing, Indian rosewood back and sides; mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge. Performing artist low-oval taper with 25.4” scale and a 1-3/4" nut width.

With Martin moulded hardshell case

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