The NEW Martin HD-28 (2018) has pre-war looks and forward shifted bracing!
Combined with the High Performance neck
Since the mid-1990s people have said Martin’s Standard Series guitars should have the looks and sound of the Vintage Series guitars, especially those who kept saying, “I’d buy one if it didn’t have the V neck.” Well that is pretty much what has finally happened. So here ya go, Ladies and Gentlemen get your wallets ready!
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The written review will follow in time, I am putting out the videos first this year, at least for Winter NAMM.
The seldom made Martin 00-28 in a triumphant return
Marvelous rosewood tone from the grand concert powerhouse 00-28 is first rate
Specs include: Solid tonewoods with Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard and bridge, scalloped 1/4″ Sitka spruce bracing; high gloss nitrocellulose finish;short-scale, satin finished mahogany High Performance neck, with 1-3/4″ width at nut, 2-1/8″ at the 12th fret, 2-5/32″ string spacing; bone nut and saddle; open back nickle tuners with “clove” knobs; mother of pearl dot fret markers, black pickguard, white biding.
“Singing with silvery purity up high, commanding mids, and full-bodied lows, all riding atop the lush and lovely depths saturated with what I call that “smoky rosewood presence,” the new 00-28 provides classic, nay even legendary Martin guitar tone.”
Gibson’s 2017 Ebony Limited Edition adds jet black looks to the classic SJ-200
With L. R. Baggs Anthem dual-source electronics, it comes ready to rock.
Specs include: Super Jumbo body size; maple back, sides, and neck; radiused AAA-grade Sitka spruce top; hand-sprayed, high-gloss ebony nitrocellulose finish; rosewood fretboard and mustache bridge; bound fretboard and headstock; gold Grover Imperial tuning machines; round neck profile; bone nut with 1.725″ width; approx. 2-3/16″ string spacing; Tusq saddle to go with the Baggs Anthem undersaddle pickup.
“The bass is big but not boomy. The trebles are clear and ringing. The midrange notes are distinct but have a woody warmth to them… In other words, the SJ-200 is a classic. And this jet black version is pretty darn classy.”
In December 2012, Santa Cruz Guitar Company announced their new body size, the Grand OM, which is currently featuring Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce. They should be showing up at dealers any day now, if they haven’t already.
Please drop us a line if you see one in the NYC area!
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