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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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Chris Greene
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Frogs, the other white meat
Jan 8th, 2015 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Silky! Nice looking shot.

JimmySee
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Jan 8th, 2015 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Someone at Sweetwater is a very good photographer.



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It's all gravy from here on...
Jan 8th, 2015 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I could do pretty good with my new Nikon outfit. Before, the iPhone just wouldn't do it justice!

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Jan 8th, 2015 05:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

lighting, focus, depth of field

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Jan 8th, 2015 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...Martins are typically setup at the factory on the high end of the scale on the nut and bridge saddle to allow each guitar to be adjusted to the players preference."

I seem to recall reading that somewhere reputable when I was shopping for a Martin a couple years back. VG or the Elderly site, perhaps?

Chris Greene
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Jan 8th, 2015 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Martin changed their set-ups over the past few years. They post their range for string height on their website. Might be a bit high for an electric guitar player used to Slinkys but all four of the guitars I checked out were pretty much in the middle of their stated range. Like Goldilocks, not too high, not too low.

Chris Greene
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May 19th, 2015 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just a quick follow-up a few months later. Nice guitars. Very nice. ;o)

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May 19th, 2015 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have yet to need a setup with a Martin that I have had..I did have to adjust the truss rod on one , but my present D18 is spot on and very comfortable to play. I hate acoustics that are set too low. Yes they play easy, but it sucks the life out of the tone and buzzes like crazy.

telegib

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May 20th, 2015 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree. Lowering the action too much just drains the guitar of tone.


Chris Greene
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There's no money like old money
Jan 31st, 2016 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One year plus follow-up - boy, are these nice guitars or what? Hard to really say how much the sound has changed a year on (who really accurately can remember this stuff?) but both guitars feel and sound great. They are really quite different from each other even though they have the same bracing and construction internally. The D42 definitely has more shimmer and the HD is definitely darker and deeper. Some people say the 42 and 45 have the shimmer because of the abalone. Hard to say. The 28V has a bigger modified V neck and the 42's is slimmer. Different woods too. Don't know what the neck wood is on the HD but I'd bet anything that this particular 42's neck is mahogany.

Anyway, very glad I bought both! Both are just superlative versions of each model and drop dead gorgeous with no runout on either and lots of silking (that was the pleasure of doing a VIP purchase with MF and their willingness to send me a few guitars to audition).

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Jan 31st, 2016 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Christmas Eve was the 18th year with my D42. My wife paid just over $3k for it in 1997. Still sounds great, but a few frets now need to be dressed and the binding has come loose. If I play sitting down (which is always) the loose binding tends to snag my shorts. I put a little bit of painters tape, that blue, non-stick masking tape over the area. Just gotta be careful when (if) I take it off, as not to pull out a piece of abalone.

I took it to the licensed Martin dealer here, and he wants to send it to Nazareth, but I've decided against it. He is a certified Martin repair tech, said he could do it also...... but I'm good . The guitar is just fine in its case, in my closet.


Sweet axe. Not sure why I don't play it more often. The GS Mini gets played every day.

Weird.

reverend mikey

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Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Feb 2nd, 2016 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

CG wrote:

"One year plus follow-up - boy, are these nice guitars or what?"

I bought a D-35/50 (50th Anniversary/Standard model) in May, and, yes, it is a wonderful guitar. I do think Martin is making excellent guitars these days.

This thing has all the rumble on the low end, but also nice solid tone all the way up on the high strings and up the neck... I occasionally use a 14 on the high E, though, just to add a little more punch and life to the top end; I don't like twangy B and E strings!

Mine has a beautiful sitka top, and the rosewood on the sides and back are rich and dark - with a nice, slight contrast with the middle piece on the back.

Not an HD28, but within the same family...

D-35 from behind...

Chris Greene
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There's no money like old money
Feb 2nd, 2016 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey, nice guitar.

FYI, if you don't renew you CM within a day or two, all your photos will disappear. Check your renew date!

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Feb 2nd, 2016 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, I'll get on it... I did notice it seemed like some of my photos had disappeared - that should've been a clue for me.

I've just spent a fair amount of time reading through this whole thread (snowstorm here today, and I'm putting off going outside and cranking up the snowblower...); interesting read, and going along for the ride of your decision. Good stuff.

Just for the record, I've been a pretty fanatical Larrivee guy for over 20 years (bought my first one, a special order lefty, in '92). And I've owned 7 or 8 very nice Larrivees. But I can say the D-35 simply blows away my Larrivee D-03 (Italian Spruce top/hog back & sides) in tone across the strings, volume and punch. Simply no comparison. And the Larrivee is 4 years older.

I'll probably only ever have this one Martin (unless I break down and buy a D-15 or OM-15 someday - also love those), but it's great to have a Martin!

reverend mikey

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Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Feb 2nd, 2016 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"FYI, if you don't renew you CM within a day or two, all your photos will disappear. Check your renew date!"

Done. ;^)


Chris Greene
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There's no money like old money
Feb 2nd, 2016 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're all set, RM, thank you.

I reread this thread myself the other day. Geez, what a wishy wash I was in making this decision!

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Feb 2nd, 2016 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wouldn't say you were wishy washy - I'd say you were patient, intentional and wise... after all, that's a big investment. You won't have regrets that way.

What I've learned from purchases like this (my D-35 and some other high end purchases) is that too often I "settled" for something less than what I really wanted, and ended up chasing windmills (and wasting dollars) for a lot of years, instead of saving up for the gear I really wanted. Would have saved a lot of money and distraction in the long run.

So there, that's how you justify purchases like this ... especially to your significant other (AKA SWMBO = "She Who Must Be Obeyed").

Chris Greene
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There's no money like old money
Feb 2nd, 2016 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've done that in the past but haven't for years. Fortunately, my wife is tolerant. ;o)

I've started getting the bug for a little Martin, something in the 00 size. Early in this thread, someone was talking about mahogany. Ted, at LA Guitar Sales has developed with Martin's custom shop, 00-15 mahogany guitars. I plan to visit him on my next trip down to LA in a few months. I'm hoping we might make a swap with one of my amps I don't use, a 1960-1 Fender Concert. I've tried selling it locally but nada. It would probably sell in the $2k range but I'd make him a trade if I could just drop it off. I'm into it $400. Sent him some photos so we'll see...

Chris Greene
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I need a drink and a quick decision
Aug 23rd, 2016 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nothing happened from the above posts but now, almost two years in with my HD-28V and D-42, I love them more than ever. What great guitars these are. Just hope my shoulders don't give out as I keep getting older. ;o)

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Aug 23rd, 2016 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's what you need for when your shoulder won't wrap around those dreads anymore, Chris.

I've had it for a month. It's an amazing guitar. It's sporting its new Holter pickguard in the photo.

000-28EC

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