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    NGD Martin HD-28

    1999 - Fairly good shape (9+)

    All solid carved woods Indian Rosewood back and sides Sitka Spruce top One-piece Mahogany neck Ebony fretboard and bridge Pearl dot fretmarkers Herringbone top purfling Bone nut and saddle 25.4" scale 1 11/16" nut width Chrome plated tuners

    Plays and sounds great!











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    Re: NGD Martin HD-28

    Love it!

    IMHO the best sounding of all the new Martin D sizes.

    I was talking to the guy that fixed my 00-21 (James C. Boyce Guitar Maker) and although he is as old school as it gets he told me all about what fantastic guitars Martin is making these days (talking about the PA Martins). I guess they got some super examples of old ones and really went over them to get them right.

    Let me know what strings you choose. I was using Marquis on my D size and switched to something else (Pearce or DR I can't remember) but it sounded much better. 1999 is old enough where it's probably starting to open up. Play it every day and in 6 months you'll be amazed!

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    Re: NGD Martin HD-28

    I was planning on putting some DR Sunbeams on her.





    Quote Originally Posted by amp360 View Post
    Love it!

    IMHO the best sounding of all the new Martin D sizes.

    I was talking to the guy that fixed my 00-21 (James C. Boyce Guitar Maker) and although he is as old school as it gets he told me all about what fantastic guitars Martin is making these days (talking about the PA Martins). I guess they got some super examples of old ones and really went over them to get them right.

    Let me know what strings you choose. I was using Marquis on my D size and switched to something else (Pearce or DR I can't remember) but it sounded much better. 1999 is old enough where it's probably starting to open up. Play it every day and in 6 months you'll be amazed!

    Congrats again!

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    Re: NGD Martin HD-28

    Any recommendations on electronics/pickup?
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    Re: NGD Martin HD-28

    About 3-4 years ago a buddy of mine asked me to go shopping for an acoustic guitar with him. Price was not really an object, but tone was. We went everywhere, and played everything. The end result was a new Martin HD28. they vary quite a bit like all acoustics, but they all sound good, and some just drop your jaw. he got one of those. A few months back he had his 50th birthday party, and I was able to get up and play a few songs with him on that guitar. Just stunning tone. IMO, as good as it gets for acoustic guitars.
    VERY GOOD, VERY GOOD!!

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    Re: NGD Martin HD-28

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    Any recommendations on electronics/pickup?
    I have a Fishman Rare Earth Blend that I really like in my Everly. It has the microphone and the pickup and you can blend them. You can do the permanent install (jack) and I did it on that but also you can do it removable which I would prob do on a guitar like yours.

    If you pull the saddle out of yours you will prob see the little hole to run the thinline if you want to go that route.

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    Any recommendations on electronics/pickup?
    I like the Highlander IP2 that is in my Art Davis jumbo. I was gonna get one put into my Ehlers acoustic, but instead went for a K&K Pure Mini, and I wish I had gone with the Highlander.

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    Re: NGD Martin HD-28

    Martin is one of the few companies that just gets it right with their American made guitars. I love their old ones, but you can walk into GC or call a mail order place and get a really nice guitar out of the box. There is a great multi part documentary on You Tube which shows how they make one.

    The only company that can rival them for the sound and price is Gibson but if I had to walk into a place and walk out with one Martin seems to be able to make every model from D-18 up to a super consistent level where Gibson makes some clunkers, but to Gibson's credit some of the ones I don't really like are very popular (J-200, etc...).

    I am usually into trying new things but with acoustics the only things I'm really interested in are Martin, Gibson and the older Guild guitars. All three of those companies built (IMHO) the best acoustic instruments and yet they're so different from each other.

    It's a shame Guild has been moved over sees, but you can still find great deals on the old ones.

    The awesome thing about acoustics is that they get better and better with age! I really love those herringbone D-28 models. If I buy another D size Martin that's probably what I would get.
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