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Martin HD-28


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Hopefully this is an indicator of better things – a brand new Martin HD-28, delivered to us this week, one of the first shipments from the builder since the shutdown.

The Martin HD-28, using the 14 fret D body and pairing a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood sides and back, is one of the benchmark American guitars. As the D-28 it’s been in production since 1931, and the D-28H indicates that it has Herringbone pattern purfling around the top.   It was originally know as the D-28, but the early ones were quickly differentiated as ‘Herringbone’ models.

From the mid 1940’s until 1976, what is now the Martin HD-28 was not available, and was always simply named the D-28; during WW2, the Herringbone purfling wasn’t available – its source was a German firm. Instead, a simpler black/white/black decoration was used. The body blocks and neck are Mahogany, with an Indian Rosewood head plate. Ebony is used for the fingerboard and bridge.

The current Martin HD-28 is still built in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and this example dates to 2020. It is in brand new condition, and carries no electronics. The original Martin hard shell case is included.

More From The Builder On The Martin HD-28:

“Iconic, powerful, timeless—the sound that launched rock, country, bluegrass, and folk.

Classic herringbone, East Indian rosewood, ebony and Sitka spruce in the shape that started it all: the  Dreadnought. Paired with our most comfortable neck, vintage appointments, scalloped, forward-shifted bracing, and a lifetime warranty. The Martin HD-28 delivers powerful bottom end, rich tone, and strums that will fill the room—music history made new. Also available in Sunburst and Ambertone finish.”


Price: $4,589.00 CAD
  • Model: HD-28
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New, 2367046 shown. Built 2020
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.4lbs 2kg
  • Scale Length: 25.4in 645.2mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.5mm
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