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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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6L6
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Dec 5th, 2014 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never met a D-28V I didn't love!

I'm like you on the dread size, Chris. I've tried smaller guitars but they didn't last long. Bottomline: MY ears can only accept the tone a good dread can produce.

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Kybill

Louisville, Ky

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Dec 5th, 2014 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a D-28E Retro, when I bought it I thought it was the greatest guitar ever, it has the low profile neck and feels great in my hands. Now a days I realize I had no need for the electronics and I play my D-16 way more...

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 5th, 2014 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the further comments. I know of an Adirondack topped HD-28 for about $2200 but it's used, no warranty, and because of my business relationship with some of our sponsors can do better on a new Sitka topped one with better shipping options (for a return).

And then, last night, I watched a lot of D-41 videos (essentially, a fancied up HD-28). I always liked the D-45 (an even fancier HD-28) but it's so stupidly expensive, it's not in the cards. The D-42 is also too expensive although it has the forward bracing like the 28V with a regular neck.

And, like 6L6, if I want a small guitar, I have a 2007 Taylor BT1 (which is fun to play, a bit hard to keep in tune, and travels well).

RufusTeleStrat

San Diego

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Dec 5th, 2014 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

You know the difference between the 000 series and the OM series in the smaller body is simply the scale length. You do not have to suffer the smaller guitar syndrome with the OM as it is the longer scale length. Same as the D-28 D-18 etc. I was considering a trade for an OM-28 but made the mistake of playing a D-18 Retro without the electronics, and was blown away by the tone, and depth from the mahogany body. Love the low profile neck as well.
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Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 5th, 2014 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just got an email from MFG that the Adi HD was just sold (not to me).



kego
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Dec 5th, 2014 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 28HD, and am currently trying to find the right 28HD-V to either replace it or possibly share time with it if I decide to keep both. My favorite acoustics are either 000- or 0000-sized, but I do have a few dreads.

The biggest difference for you as a player will definitely be the neck - I can manage both (I have several Clapton 000-28's and 42's that have V-necks, and several regular 000 and OM28's and 42's that have thinner necks and like them both). But I will say that some things are definitely easier to play on the different necks.

Buying both and sending the one you like least back is a good idea, even if it's a bit of a pain.

I've played some fantastic D-18's as well, but since they are mahogany back and sides I consider them a different animal altogether.

Jimmy:

"Those big boys are meant to be played standing up -- usually next to a banjo or fiddle player."

We disagree!
Love David Crosby, Neil Young, etc.!

:-)

(This message was last edited by kego at 01:49 PM, Dec 5th, 2014)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 5th, 2014 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I sent three serial numbers off to Sweetwater (I added a D-41 to the mix) so I'll see what happens next...

If anyone's interested, here are the guitars I've selected:

M1824726 HD-28
M1809510 HD-28V
M1836069 D-41

Just click our Sweetwater link above and enter the serial number in the search box. Curious to hear feedback on my choices!

MJB
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Dec 5th, 2014 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

JimmySee, I'm in agreement with you on the smaller bodied guitars, but I understand the siren song of the dread.

Chris, I used to own a D15, very nice guitar and amazingly lightweight. It was just too big. :D

kego
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Give me a second to think of something..
Dec 5th, 2014 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool! I'm interested to hear which one you like the best.

6L6
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Dec 5th, 2014 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Chris: PM sent

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 5th, 2014 02:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a second 28V on its way from one of our other sponsors. Sometimes it's nice running a guitar forum!

kego
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Give me a second to think of something..
Dec 5th, 2014 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

LOL!

Dadical
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idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Dec 5th, 2014 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

With that level of support you might have them send you an Addy sample to compare.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 5th, 2014 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those are out of the price range, Jess. Not gonna happen unless I came across a used one and didn't keep any of these.

Viera
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Santee CA

Dec 5th, 2014 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Of the 3 guitars at Sweetwater I prefer the HD-28V. I like the Mod V neck (for feel) and the forward shifted scalloped bracing (for sound). I also prefer the vintage style tuners, and the diamond & squares fingerboard inlay.

I don't care for the 40 series Martins, too much bling. To me the V Series are much more classy looking.



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Dec 5th, 2014 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

The HD-28 is mighty nice.



Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 5th, 2014 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

They're all mighty nice. ;o)

JimmySee
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Dec 5th, 2014 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I ordered that Ibanez AVM1NT I posted about. Clearly not in the same league -- but I'm just a small town sole practitioner lawyer.

MF gave me the 17% cyber discount advertised on their site :o) -- but I had to call in to get it :(.

18-month financing sealed the deal.

And Amazon had the best deal by far on an SKB hard shell case.

(This message was last edited by JimmySee at 11:47 PM, Dec 5th, 2014)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 5th, 2014 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

My view on the whole thing is life is short and then you die. I've wanted a Martin D series since I was 18-19. Never bought one because I was too poor or, usually, too damn cheap. Now, I'm 64 and while I just can't see spending the money for a D-45 or even the D-42 as much as I've always loved the bling of them, I can, by God, at least get something in the range of the models I've been posting about. And if I were to move some of my electric gear (which I rarely use at all anymore), I could see getting another one or two of different sizes. That money just sits in a bank account earning nothing. I suppose a Martin, well cared for, could be worth at least what I paid for it 10-15 years from now.

Yeah, that's the ticket...

Viera
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Dec 5th, 2014 11:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

CG

Ask yourself, why do other players have a Martin HD-28V and you don't. Why should THEY have one and not you? You deserve a Martin HD-28V.

You have to put up with just as many miserable mutts making your life a living hell as anyone else, right? Why should you settle for anything less than the Martin HD-28V of your dreams? Believe me, if you treat yourself (because you deserve it) to a Martin HD-28V today, you'll be thanking yourself for years to come.

You'll be able to walk outside, take one look at all the miserable mopes around you, and know, deep down in the depths of your soul, that you are no longer among them. You are no longer relegated to some bottom feeding catfish settling for less.

You, a man deserving of the upmost stature in the community, will now be able to look those other mopes square in the eye and say, yes, I have a Martin HD-28V and snicker under your breath knowing they're green with envy.

Go ahead, buy yourself a Martin HD-28V today. You deserve it!

Sincerely,
Lesterstrat


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