For 2017, Martin re-imagined the D-28. Notable changes include a 1 3/4″ nut, a faux Tortoise pickguard, aging toner, and forward-shifted non-scalloped braces! Retro styling, ultra modern neck. A true modern classic that can do a lot of diffentent styles. A couple of month ago Chris Martin talked at a dealer meeting about the new D-28 Re-Imagined.
It seemed to me that the changes would feel and perform similarly to the HD-28V but with a rounder neck profile. After testing this fine example this new she feels ‘beefier’ due to the wider neck width at the nut. The tone is certainly more robust than the ‘old’ model. Specs changes are the forward-shifted X bracing which makes the top vibrate more freely and gives a tad more bass response. The neck has a 1-3/4″ wide fingerboard at the nut. That makes a hell of a difference compared to the ‘old’ 11/16th neck. It not only feels beef but play just as easy due to the slimmer “performance” neck. Fortunately they kept the diamond volute – which I always liked. Also there are nice Grove butterbean open back tuning machines.
Other changes are cosmetic like the lacquer, the antique white binding and the foux tortoise pickguard. They add a nice patina to this baby. The changes are very similar to what Martin did with the D-18 back in 2012, making it closer in construction to the “Golden Era” line but with Standard series Sitka and Rosewood. You get not only a very well build instrument but also a very good and dynamic sounding guitar. Job well done Martin!
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