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Islander
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Aug 30th, 2018 10:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

After many moons and many Junes I finally found the sound in my head and traded my ES-335 and Hummingbird Artist for a Martin D-28. It’s a different feel, but the sound and volume are unbelievable! I’m a happy camper!

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Aug 30th, 2018 10:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good choice. A good D-28 (or HD-28, or D-35, etc.) is a phenomenal tone machine (I have the D-35).

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Aug 31st, 2018 04:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's a lot of guitar to trade away, but as long as you're happy. I only say this because I've been regretting a 335 trade since 1986.

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Aug 31st, 2018 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

A good D28 is a beautiful thing. After my tone search I finally settled on a D18 and couldn’t be happier. Love the rose woods, but hog body Martins is what I seek.

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Aug 31st, 2018 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was happy to stumble across my now discontinued Martin D17M when I did. Hog back and sides, Sitka top with a gloss mahogany toner. Come to think of it, my ES-333 was part of the trade. That guitar was my "consolation" for the aforementioned 1986 trading away of a 67 ES-335.

Anyway, nothing like a big booming and articulate Martin dread.

Islander
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Sep 4th, 2018 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

littleuch, my 335 was a Dot Reissue and HEAVY. I’m mainly a couch player nowadays and mostly acoustic. The Artist never did it for me and I wasn’t playing the 335 much. It was a lot of guitars but it got me the 28 for $230.00. A ‘67 would be a different story definitely!

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Sep 6th, 2018 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm kind of envious. I've been looking for a Martin dread that speaks to me for years now and have yet to find her. I have found guitars that sound great but have poor action and need a neck reset, some almost new. I have found guitars that played well but had no mojo in the tone department. The 18, 28 or 35 would do. A D35 I truly loved got away and was sold by a friend with out my knowledge :-(

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Sep 6th, 2018 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats. I hope you love your D28 as much as I love mine!

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Sep 6th, 2018 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool!


I'm in the same camp as Hammond101: I have not found one that spoke to me in both sound and feel. There is one out there.

RainboGuy

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Sep 8th, 2018 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here is a true story:

Right after I bought my new 2016 Gibson J45, I took it to my luthier to have him make a bone nut and bone saddle for me. Right after I walked in, a guy came in with a new Martin D28, and asked to see my J45, so I said, sure, and gave it to him.

When he strummed it....his jaw literally dropped and he said.."I can't believe the tone this thing puts out....the bottom end on this thing is unreal."

Martins and Gibsons are two different animals.

Yes, I think that Martins are typically louder, but I will take the tone of my J45 any day. It's my personal opinion that a really good J45 has an absolutely masterful, full, rich, balanced tone....a rarity on an acoustic guitar, in my experience. And, for sure, not all J45's sound the same....like any make and model of guitar, every one sounds and plays differently.

This isn't a knock on Martins by any stretch of the imagination....I'm just sharing my experience of a Martin D28's owner when he played a really good Gibson J45.

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Sep 8th, 2018 08:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

And then there's the Gibson Advanced Jumbo. A good one, and I've yet to play a bad one, is like a J-45 on steroids.

Martin and Gibson dreads are different animals. Gibsons, generally speaking, have a thumpier (is that a word?) low end with a little quicker decay. They can still sound huge, however.

I've been watching the local CL for a Martin HD-28V or a D-28 Marquis. One of the two might be a good companion for my AJ.

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

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Sep 8th, 2018 10:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats on you trade.

If it makes YOU happy, that's all that matters.

I've been searching for over 30 yrs. for ANY Martin to really speak to enough to buy one, and it hasen't happened yet.

I really have a feeling that there isn't a Martin on the planet that would inspire me enough to throw down good money for one.

I guess sometimes you just find a brand that never speaks to you EVER.



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Sep 13th, 2018 04:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

A nice D-28 is hard to beat for an all around great acoustic sound. I’ve played a ton of them over the years and some I played for a few minutes and thought it sounds good. I have also played a few that it was tough to put down. There are so many variables in acoustic guitars that if you find “ the one” just buy it. You’ll always wish you had.


Islander
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Playing it by ear...
Sep 21st, 2018 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

thumbpicker, I am having trouble putting it down!

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