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Old 01-20-2021, 07:47 PM
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Default Martin D-18, Or D-28, Or HD-28, or D-35? Which one and why?

Which guitar would you choose and why?

Martin D-18, D-28, HD-28 or D-35?
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Old 01-20-2021, 07:55 PM
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Could make a case for pretty much any of them, depending on what you want to do with it.

The D-18 is one of the best deals in a professional quality guitar.
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Old 01-20-2021, 07:59 PM
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It really comes down to personal preference in tone. I tend to gravitate towards the warmth and woody midrange of mahogany, so I went with the D-18.

That said, I’ve played fine examples of the other three guitars and would love to own a rosewood-flavored Martin dreadnought someday too.
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Old 01-20-2021, 08:03 PM
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All of them.



OR the one you like the sound/feel of the best.

Those are the only answers.
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OK so we can see that you're keen to buy a new guitar and having a hard time choosing one. Here's my (fun) suggestion.

1. - Double your budget
2. - Put on your big boy pants and pull a whopping big Gibson SJ-200 super jumbo down off the rack - get someone to help you if you're frightened.
3. - No wimpy 1.69" nut or hippy, artsy, folksy finger-style 1.75" - right in the middle where they should be 1.72"
4. - Don't go over it looking for faults - they're there so suck it up and embrace them... it's a Gibson.
5. - Now strum it like you stole it.
6. - Don't just lay there on the floor, get back on your feet and go pay the man.

p.s. If you add them all up a D-18, D-28, HD-28 and D-35 comes to 109 - so an SJ-200 is obviously 91 better!
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:05 PM
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I love the look of the D35 the most, but the D18 is the odd one out being hog b/s. All good guitars.
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D-35. Looking for the scoped mid - hyped bass sound that the 35 is known for. I’m not opposed to the reimagined 35 but would love to compare an older and newer version back to back for a few hours. And it has to be Ambertone
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:41 PM
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If money is an issue...
The D18 is the best value and will put you in the zone. Martin nailed it with these new ones. You can upgrade to, or add, a 28 later if you so choose. My bet is the 18 will be a standout, and will satisfy all of your tonal, personal, and/or performing demands. Take good care of it, and after 6-8 years (if trends continue) its as good as money in the bank against your initial cost.
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Martin HD28 was best overall sounding guitar I have ever played.
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Old 01-21-2021, 05:51 AM
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I recently picked up a Custom HD28 Marquis/GE Adi/EIR sunburst from Reno’s Music. It is a winner.

A couple weeks on the Tonerite did it some good I might add. But, out of the box it was and is amazing.

Better than a stock D28.
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HD-28 That'd be my pick
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:03 AM
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Those all all fine Martin's but the D-18 is the easiest way to break into the Standard Series and will do most anything. Between the D-28/HD-28/D-35 there will be some overlap and could be considered redundant but they all have their strong points.
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:22 AM
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HD-28 or D-41 if you can swing it for some added shimmer and responsiveness.
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:22 AM
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I’d buy the one that sounds the best, ignoring model, even brand.

Then you’ll end up with a much better, more satisfying instrument.
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:36 AM
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Before Covid hit I made a few trips to the guitar stores to check out Martin Dreads. I never tried a D-35 but I rank them HD-28, D-18, D-28.

What kept confusing me was the as many times as not, I liked the Road Series D-12 as much or better than the D-18. I decided to wait a while and then Covid hit.

Once this is over, I'll go back to trying them out but I'll include the GC Special D-16e and see what I think again. I'm guessing; HD-28, D-18/D-16 Confusion, D-28.

It's a lot more fun to do it live than to do it online. Once this is over, get out to the stores and try for yourself!
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