This Martin HD-28 Re-Imagined is iconic, powerful, and timeless. The HD-28 Re-imagined version incorporates notable changes like the 1 3/4″ nut, a faux Tortoise pickguard, aging toner, and forward-shifted scalloped braces. Classic styling, ultra-modern neck. A true modern classic!
This Martin HD-28 Re-Imagined feels solid due to the wider neck width at the nut. The tone is certainly more robust than the ‘old’ model. Specs changes are the scalloped forward-shifted X bracing which makes the top vibrate even more freely and gives an excellent balance to the tone across the range. The neck has a 1-3/4″ wide fingerboard at the nut. It not only feels great 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 Grover butterbean open back tuning machines.
Other changes are cosmetic like the lacquer, the antique white binding, and the faux tortoise pickguard. They add a nice patina to this baby. The changes are 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 particularly good and dynamic sounding guitar. Job well done Martin! Listen to a sound sample by Ian Meadows here: