Martin HD-28 1978 – a real dream guitar – sounds just great!
Martin introduced the HD-28 Model in 1976. It was the first reappearance of Herringbone top trim and a zigzag back strip on a standard model Martin since 1944, and it ushered in the modern era of Martin guitar production. Designed in response to players’ requests for a pre-war styled Dreadnought, the HD-28 was built with scalloped braces and a smaller maple bridgeplate. At that time, all Martin braces were non-scalloped, and bridgeplates were rosewood and about twice as large as those from prior to 1968. The response to this new old-style Martin Dreadnought was immensely positive, and the model has been a mainstay of the company’s lineup ever since.
This example is a particularly early HD-28, built in early 1978, just a short while after the first production models were completed.
The guitar is in excellent condition and with only a tiny repaired pickguard crack. The finish is in excellent condition and looks great at 45 years old. It plays extremly nice with a low action and a straight neck. It has some wear from play and used, but again it is in very good condition considering the age.
The guitar sounds tremendous, with a big and bold bass end, excellent strength and power across the register and that dry shutter of an old scalloped braced Martin Dreadnought. It’s as loud as can be, and has plenty of headroom up for grabs with a heavy pick and some good right hand technique.
It comes with the original Martin case.