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Martin D-28 Dreadnought with Molded Hardshell Case


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Martin D-28 Dreadnought with Molded Hardshell Case

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!


“There is nothing more important than the quality of the sound and tone of our instruments,” said CEO and Chairman Chris Martin IV. “This is why Martin Guitar has been utilizing machines for almost a decade on all of our instruments, to provide guitar players with unparalleled craftsmanship and playability.”

For 183 years, Martin Guitar has been at the forefront of guitar innovation, responsible guitar building practices and premier craftsmanship, bringing to its consumers the best acoustic guitars in the world.

Next to the iconic Martin tone known worldwide, playability is an important characteristic that sets apart the quality of our guitars. “For 183 years, the Martin Guitar Company has been manufacturing the world’s best acoustic guitars. The Martin tone is legendary and one that we do not take for granted. Playability does not start at the end of the process”, says Fred Greene V.P. Domestic Manufacturing. “The level of expert craftsmanship that goes into every instrument produced in our facilities is perfected through the use of the Plek® machines. Basically, it’s the cherry on top of the sundae.”

Martin Guitar has been Pleking their instruments for close to a decade and we believe this process helps maintain the undeniable Martin guitar sound that is recognizable worldwide. A Martin guitar with optimized playability enhances the tone of our guitars, as it prevents the strings from buzzing on the frets during playing and eliminates intonation problems that may occur due to inaccurate nut height. We want nothing to come between your playability and that iconic Martin tone. This remains our longstanding commitment to all guitar players worldwide.

What is Plek®?

The Plek® Pro has been developed for use in guitar production factories as a tool that not only does precise fret dressing, but also helps with quality control and R&D. This computer controlled device scans and dresses a guitar under actual playing conditions, strung and tuned to pitch or using precise string tension emulation. This is a major breakthrough since the Plek® Pro identifies precisely what needs to be done for perfect fretwork, executes this rapidly, and delivers perfect results on the instrument when strung.

The Plek® Pro speeds up the production process and raises the quality of instruments to an extremely high and consistent level.

You can learn more about the trademarked and registered Plek® process at


Specifications Overview

Body Size:    D-14 Fret
Finish Top:    Gloss
Construction:    Dovetail Neck Joint
Back & Side Finish:    Gloss
Bracing Pattern:    Forward-Shifted X-Brace
Scale Length:    25.4"
Brace Shape:    Non-Scalloped
Fingerboard Width At Nut:    1 3/4''
Top Material:    Sitka Spruce
Neck Shape:    Modified Low Oval
Back Material:    East Indian Rosewood
Neck Taper:    High-Performance Taper
Side Material:    East Indian Rosewood
Electronics:    Optional
Recommended Strings:
Electronics Options:

Fishman Gold Plus Natural I

Fishman Infinity Matrix

Fishman Presys Plus

Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend

LR Baggs Anthem



Top Color:    Aging Toner
Bridge Style:    Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
Binding:    Antique White
Bridge String Spacing:    2 5/32"
Top Inlay Material:    Multi-Stripe
Bridge Material:    Ebony
Top Detail:    None
Bridge Pin Material:    White Plastic
Pickguard:    Tortoise Pattern
Bridge Pin Dots:    Faux Tortoise
Pickguard Inlay:    None
Saddle:    Compensated Bone
Rosette:    Multi-Stripe
Saddle Radius:    16"

Brace Material:    Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Color:    None
Brace Size:    5/16"
Back Detail:    None
Back Purfling/Strip:    Style 28
Back Inlay Material:    Multi-Stripe
Heelcap:    Antique White
Side Detail:    None
Endpiece:    Antique White
Side Inlay Material:    None
Endpiece Inlay:    Multi-Stripe

Neck Material:    Select Hardwood
Fingerboard Material:    Ebony
Finish Neck:    Satin
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:    2 1/8''
Neck Color:    Dark Mahogany
Fingerboard Inlay Style:    Style 28
Number of Frets Total:    20
Fingerboard Inlay Material:    Mother-of-Pearl
Neck Joins Body At:    14th Fret
Fingerboard Binding Material:    None
Side Dots:    White

Headstock Shape:    Solid with Square Taper and Diamond
Tuning Machines:    Nickel Open Gear
Headplate Material:    East Indian Rosewood
Knob:    Butterbean
Headplate Logo Style:    Script Old Style Overlay
Nut Material:    Bone
Headplate Binding Material:    None

Case:    Molded Hardshell
Left Handed Availability:    Yes
Label:    None
Pleked:    Yes

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Martin Guitar’s Limited Lifetime Warranty is valid only for the original owner of the instrument purchased from the authorized Martin Guitar dealer located within the United States or Canada, to which the instrument was originally shipped. The instrument must be registered for warranty online at


The warranty is not transferrable to another owner. Instruments purchased outside of the US or Canada are eligible for coverage provided by the authorized Martin Guitar distributor in the country where it was purchased. The dealer where you purchased your instrument will provide warranty details.