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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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SS2
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Pass a bigger hammer
Dec 6th, 2014 01:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"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."

When you were 18-19, a D28 was about $350 new and think those were still the Brazilian rosewood models. I bought my '73 a few months old used for $300. ( should have bought 'older 60's model looking back... look at the price of those these days - WOW!)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 6th, 2014 01:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love it, Viera! I couldn't agree more!! I mean, I got the Rolex, I got the Mont Blanc, I got the Lexus, I even got the Baby Taylor! By God, I deserve an HD-28V.

Of course, if we carry this out to the logical conclusion, lots o' mopes gotta HD-28V. I deserve a CS with old growth Adirondack and Brazilian rosewood, do I not?

BTW, I've spent waaaaaay too much time tonight messing with my Baby Taylor thinking, you know, those 000 guys might have a point. Don't I need a 000-18GE as a complement to my new dread? Well, don't I??

As we slide further into the darkness...

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 03:46 AM, Dec 6th, 2014)

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It's all gravy from here on...
Dec 6th, 2014 05:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You NEED a 000-28! ;o)

JimmySee
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Dec 6th, 2014 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can relate to that -- but in my case it tends to be about hopping on an airplane instead of ordering the Martin or the Mont Blanc or the Rolex, Harley, Mustang, or firearm.

We all gotta scratch the itch. For each of us, the itch is personal.

I'm figuring when the dust settles, maybe two those D-28s will remain in your possession.

On the 000-18 front, I had an old one, maybe a '54 or so, when I was in high school. It was pretty beat but sounded great. Sold it when I left for college.


..... and in walks her father

(This message was last edited by JimmySee at 07:42 AM, Dec 6th, 2014)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 6th, 2014 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I doubt it, Jimmy. While I have multiple Strats and Teles, those were acquired as much because of the FDP as anything else (someone sent me something sorta deal). With acoustics, for decades I had just two - a steel string and a classical. This purchase will replace the current dread (though I'll likely keep it rather than sell it for $400ish). But adding a 000 with a mahogany back and sides, well, I could rationalize two steel strings with two very different guitars. Especially, if I went with the new 000-18E Retro...

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Give me a second to think of something..
Dec 7th, 2014 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a OM-28 Retro and it's a *great* guitar!

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Dec 8th, 2014 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"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..."

I reached that point when I hit 50. Always wanted a Martin, just could never afford it, or at least justify the expense.
Birthday #50, I started shopping...and ended up with my PS2, which is a REALLY nice 000-28 style guitar.

Not one second of regret since buying this guitar!!

You probably DO need a 000-28 (or OM-28), but in the meantime, enjoy that dread...whichever one you end up with!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 8th, 2014 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wheeee! I've got an HD-28V coming from one sponsor to arrive tomorrow and an HD-28 and D-41 coming from another in the next few days.

This could be fun (and I hope a tough choice!).

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Dec 8th, 2014 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"This could be fun..."

Well it better be!!!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 10th, 2014 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got the HD-28V (canceled the other two for the moment). Not sure how I feel about the HD. Neck is a bit different than what I'm used to and I'm not sure I want to get used to it. Gorgeous guitar, reasonably playable with its medium strings (I'm used to lights). Fairly tight sounding with some odd discordant overtones. A bit boomy. I'll play it some more tonight and see if I can't decide if it's a keeper or a return.

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Dec 10th, 2014 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And you canceled the others 'cause....?

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 10th, 2014 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'cause I was hoping the HD-28V (which I like on paper) would be *it*. I'm planning to call tomorrow to see about getting an HD-28 and D-41 sent to me after all.

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Size 7-3/8
Dec 10th, 2014 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

An 000 is calling you

RufusTeleStrat

San Diego

Land of Sea, home of the Waves
Dec 10th, 2014 11:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

h in Hd is hering bone for the binding on the top. The v is vintage indicating the neck and body finish and shaping is vintage in nature. Here is a link that may include more features you may be comfortable with.

non v neck

RufusTeleStrat

San Diego

Land of Sea, home of the Waves
Dec 10th, 2014 11:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or this one . It includes the onboard electronics but the neck plays like a dream.

R

Hd-28 Retro

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 11th, 2014 04:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After I get back from my meeting this morning, I'm gonna call and see if I can't get an HD-28 and D-41 sent out before I have to make a decision. I've thought all along that the HD-28 bracing and neck was going to be closer to the Yamaha FD-461S I'm trying to replace but the internet forum love is for the Vintage version with its forward shifted bracing and mod V neck.

What I'd really like are about 15 guitars sent out but my credit card can't handle that!

BTW, the new Retro series is very interesting but I simply can't imagine needing the electronics. I'm not sure I've ever had a need to plug in an acoustic. When I played out back in the day, if I couldn't do it with a Strat or Tele, I wasn't interested. I'm not convinced it's a feature worth paying for in my case.

jhawkr
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It's all gravy from here on...
Dec 11th, 2014 04:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IMO, if you needed a pickup, you would do better having a K&K Pure Mini Western installed.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 11th, 2014 04:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's the thing, one can add electronics if one needs them. I don't. Not gonna record or gig with it, just noodle on the couch pretending I can sing like Don Henley or Stephen Stills or, or...

surfdog

Lakeside, CA

Jim
Dec 11th, 2014 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been in the same boat. I am leaning toward the HD-28. First, I play some Merle Travis tunes. The HD-28 neck is better for the thumb over chords and my hand size. Second, I prefer the sound of the HD-28 over the HDV-28. However, both are outstanding. How you plan to use the guitar may help you make your decision.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 11th, 2014 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the good news is that I have an HD 28 and a D 41 on their way to me strung with lights and I should get them by tomorrow afternoon. Then I'll have the weekend to play all three against each other and make a decision.

Sometimes, it's good to be king. ;-)

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