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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Here we go again - Martin HD-28 or HD-28V? - two year update 12/28/16

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Viera
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Feb 2nd, 2017 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If the D42 had the V neck of the 28V, I suspect they'd trade places."

Martin's modified V neck is my favorite acoustic neck carve. I've played dozens of boutique brands including Santa Cruz (owned 2), Huss and Dalton, Collings, and many other higher end Martins. The Mod V just works best for me. To me the frets and fretboards on higher end Martins are every bit as playable as other makes I've tried.


Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Feb 2nd, 2017 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the D45V would be the shiz. I wish I could justify the cost. I do like the V neck over their standard neck like on the D42.

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Feb 2nd, 2017 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Having a D42, I don't know why I still lust for a D45 but I do."

Coz Neil plays one ;-)


Chris Greene
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Feb 2nd, 2017 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think Stills and Crosby both own one too not to mention one of my country music gods - George Jones. Wiki has an article that says Hendrix had one.

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Feb 2nd, 2017 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


(This message was last edited by jvstratman at 07:37 AM, Mar 15th, 2017)

Chris Greene
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Feb 2nd, 2017 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd just love to go out and spend $100k or so on various Martins but I really should be satisfied with the two I have. Just now playing my D42 and OMG, it's just such a fine guitar and stunning to look at in spite of the fact that the abalone ends on the top and doesn't go to the back and sides (like you ever see any of it when you're playing).

jvstratman
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Feb 2nd, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Abalone Blabalony - Gimmie fishbones

Seriously though - The one on my radar (It'll never happen) is the D-41 Special w/ mod V neck

My dream guitar

(This message was last edited by jvstratman at 01:50 PM, Feb 2nd, 2017)

Viera
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Feb 2nd, 2017 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FWIW, and coming from me probably not much, looks wise I'm not a fan of Martin's 40 Series. I much prefer the understated elegance of the V and the Marquis Series and that includes the headstocks.

[runs from angry 40 Series crowd]

Chris Greene
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Feb 2nd, 2017 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey now…

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Feb 2nd, 2017 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love the bling of the 40 series , but the one that does it for me is the D18GE. My present Martin it the D18. Perfect for most any type of music and great for Bluegrass and Oldtimey stuff. But glad you like the D42 .

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Feb 2nd, 2017 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like 'em all, I just like the 40's appointments the best. ;o)

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Feb 2nd, 2017 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had to google the Martin D18GE. Saw many pics just now at "Chicago Music Exchange" .... very nice looking guitar.

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Feb 2nd, 2017 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love my D-18GE, but I'm not a big fan of the standard D-18. The GE has the neck shape I like and the adirondack top making it equally as nice as the HD-28V with the different tone thanks to the 'hog body. Great guitars!

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Feb 3rd, 2017 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to be a Boutique snob but have come to the realization of just how damn good Martin guitars are. I raise my glass! To Martin!!

(This message was last edited by jvstratman at 07:22 AM, Feb 3rd, 2017)

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Feb 3rd, 2017 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought a mint 2012 D-18 Standard (the updated version) and it is an amazing guitar. It quickly became my #2, in front of my 2015 D-35/50 Standard which I bought new.

I'm fine with the neck profile on this one - sometimes V necks hurt my hand, but I haven't played all of Martin's V's... the rest of the guitar is just gorgeous in it's simplicity with it's toner top and tortoise body binding and old style headstock logo.

And the sound... oh my... so woody and punchy and good volume, and it's just a few years old! As I said, it's #2; the only guitar in front of it is my hog 25 year old Larrivee OM - that guitar has matured to have a rich tone all across the strings that I haven't heard in too many guitars I've played in person.

I'm already thinking about my "next Martin," either an M-36 (0000 size with a 3-piece rosewood back) or a custom 0000 with a hog body and the D-18's appointments and an identical D-18 neck profile (with 1 3/4" nut). Drool...

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Feb 3rd, 2017 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rev , I m with you . I had my heart set on a D18GE . I had a 2010 D18 that I just wasnt happy with. I decided before I spent 3k on the GE I needed to at least try the new D18 .I did and I decided to purchase it instead of the GE. It has great projection and tone . Much better than the old straight braced D18s . Its a beautiful guitar to boot. Love the neck too.

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Feb 3rd, 2017 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

not a dread but I go back and forth between a 000-18GE (V neck) and a plain ole 00-15 (1 11/16 roundish neck) with zero problems. both play like butta.

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Feb 3rd, 2017 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Speaking of D-18s: I've been very fortunate to have owned some nice acoustics in recent years. The best for me was a 2005 D-18GE. The shop I bought it from, Buffalo Bros (God I miss that place), had 6 of them in stock. I got my pick of the litter. 3 of the 6 I could have bought. The one I went with was truly special.

I stupidly sold it about 3 years ago. I was having some shoulder issues and convinced myself to go with a 000 or OM sized acoustic. Of all the guitars I've bought and sold that D-18GE is the only one that still haunts me. Fortunately I lucked into a great Gibson Advanced Jumbo a couple of years ago at a going out of business sale (Guitar Trader, God, I miss that place).

There's just nothing like a good forward shifted scalloped braced dread.

Chris Greene
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Feb 3rd, 2017 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thing that makes me occasionally think of a D18 is listening to older recordings of Ron Block (AKUS) playing his. Damn, that thing has a great sound.

AKUS - Most Wanted

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May 10th, 2017 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As Beal likes to say, "You can't make up for lack of talent with bling, but I try anyway!"

Me too.

I LOVE bling! Every D-42 I've ever played (owned a '97 once) has been stellar to look at and I love the FSSB tone.

In a perfect world I'd own a Pre War D-45 with block inlays. Right now I'm about $400K short of accomplishing that.

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