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D-28 vs HD-28

From brokepick on 2/20/2011 5:43:37 PM

This subject always stirs controversy. So, which do you prefer? And more important, why?

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MapleNuts says:
2/20/2011 7:49:45 PM

Well I have a D-28 and I do love it. I prefer the more traditional bracing and balanced tone. I do appreciate the look of the HD-28 having the beautiful herringbone around the top, and the responsiveness due to the scalloped bracing. Maybe a bit boomy for me. It is purely a preference. Bottom line, they are both Martins and 28s at that and that's what counts.

brokepick says:
2/22/2011 6:06:39 AM

Actually, the HD-28 is probably closer to the true "traditional" bracing. The HD-28V is even closer.

The '35 -'37 D-28's had forward shifted scalloped bracing. In '37 Martin shifted the bracing rearward to where it is now. That's more akin to the HD style bracing. Then in about '45 they phased out the scalloping altogether on the D, and the design hasn't changed much since.

Having owned an HD and a D, I can't say one is better than the other. The HD has bass, depth, and complexity. The D has clarity and punch.

MapleNuts says:
2/22/2011 6:22:10 AM

Mmmm.. I did not know that. Thanks. I guess I do like the clarity and punch, while the HD sounds a bit boomy to me as stated. The way my hearing is going that would sound complex. I almost went for the D-18 liking the crystal clarity and really big punch, but I felt a compromise with the D-28 was more my liking. Beauty is in the "ears" of the beholder. :-)

Kallesandria says:
2/27/2011 6:49:19 AM

Whichever sound appeals to you, the D-28, the HD-28....this is the way a guitar should sound. It should continue to inspire you to pick it up and play more than you would otherwise.

pablo9364 says:
3/6/2011 12:30:16 PM

Hi everyone
I am a (mature!?)beginner really and today played the D18, D28 and HD28 one after the other. My first observation was they are all superb guitars and would be happy with any of them. To my ear the HD28 sounded slightly deeper with the base then the D28. The spruce top grains on the hd28 were a little closer together then the D28 and yeah the herringbone around the top is nice. I liked the deeper resonance of the base i was hearing so went for the HD28 (yee haw!) . But blown away really , didnt expect all three models to sound so good.
No one is better than the other its a personal thing and you just have to play them to see which YOU prefer.
Paul

MapleNuts says:
3/6/2011 12:50:09 PM

congratulations

Kallesandria says:
3/6/2011 2:15:40 PM

Nice Paul...welcome to the group. I love mine too! I think maybe the difference you hear between the D-28 and HD-28 might just have been that particular guitar. I'm guessing that perhaps even two HD-28's might not sound the same due to the specific piece of wood that is used in making them. Then again, I'm not a guitar expert, I just like the way it sounded when I played it...that's good enough for me!

pablo9364 says:
3/6/2011 3:35:04 PM

Thanks
Yeah I see what you mean. You might be right . The differences were subtle. I've not played two guitars of the same model before. They are great instruments. Im pleased i went in and played them and then picked one. its all a personal thing getting a guitar you like..

MapleNuts says:
3/6/2011 6:04:35 PM

congratulations


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