Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
The instrument was re-strung with Martin SP 4200 Medium Strings, tuned to Concert pitch, and BOOM this guitar is cannon! The HD28V rich and powerful bass tones compliment the midtones and trebles and the overall sound is in perfect harmony accross the sound spectrum. The action is perfect out of the box, so to speak, and I didn't detect fret buzz anywhere on the neck. The "V" neck was uncomfortable at first but my left hand adjusted quickly and I find that employing a callsic left hand rather than a baseball bat is very easy and comfortable. Actually it encourages me to put my thumb where it belongs. This guitar is a players dream, the sound is the best I have ever heard on any instrument I have ever owned.
Overall Impression — 10
This is the third Martin I have owned spanning about 25 years or so. They all played well, had great sound, and had very high resale value. The HD28V is a masterpiece. If you need a accoustic guitar this is the instrument to own and play. I plan on playing this sweet sounding AX for many years so I hope it isn't stolen or damaged. Anything else I wsih I had? Yeah, another HD28V.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This instrument can withstand a hurricane. It is solidy built (aren't they all?) heavy because of the ebony and rosewood used in the instrument. There is only one thing to do with this instrument, play it. If the finish wears off who cares, buy another one if you need a backup guitar. By the way, the Geib case that comes with the guitar is very period stylish, the interior is very eye appealing, and it fits the guitar like a glove.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The fit and finish of the instrument is in typical Martin style, perfect. I assume Martin uses a higher grade of tonewoods in the instrument, the sound board, sides, and back are matched beautifully. The low mass open tuning machines add extra zing to the instrument. I cahned out tuning machines that were similar to the more modern closed type and the guitar (old Alvarez) seemed a little dull afterwards.
Features — 10
This instrument is a 2004 re-issue of the pre WWII Model 28, not orginal. The following is directly from Martin's web site. These fine instruments draw their inspiration from the elegant Vintage designs and appointments of the pre-World War II era. Most "Vintage Series" models include old-style squared headstock, modified V-shaped neck, period fingerboard inlays, scalloped bracing, beveled tortoise colored pickguard, old-style long or through saddle, aging toner finish on soundboard, Vintage style tuning machines and a Vintage Geib Style case. Standard features for the 'Vintage Series' generally include solid wood top, back and sides, pre-war appointments, gloss finished bodies, and hand-fit dovetail neck attachment.