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Old 07-27-2019, 04:20 PM
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One point made by OneManz in his written review of the MDs is that with the VTS top, carbon fiber bridgeplate, and LM pins, the Modern Deluxe guitars are more resistant to humidity than plain wood guitars. Iíve noticed this at my home where it is a constant 60%+ even with the A/C running full blast.

This is true. My new MD is more stable with the humidity fluctuations in Chicago than my other guitars, including Martins.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:22 AM
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I thought the reimagined HD-28 was the replacement of the HD-28V? The new HD-28 is priced well below the old HD-28V. The differences are:

HD-28V had Grained Ivoroid binding, no aging toner on the top, different, cheaper tuners and 1 11/16" nut width with perhaps different string spacing up the neck.

The NOS HD-28Vs are discontinued and are sitting unsold at various dealers around the country right now. The new reimagined version HD-28 does a good job replacing the HD-28V at a much lower price.

When you compare the old HD-28 pricing to the Modern Deluxe pricing, it makes the price gap narrower. Compare the reimagined HD-28 to the Modern Deluxe, then decide if the upgrades of the Modern Deluxe bridge the price/value gap for you.
Yes...the reimagined HD-28 took on the specs of the HD-28v. Hereís a UMGF thread on the topic:
https://umgf.com/is-the-hd28v-destin...d-t190482.html
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:40 PM
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Iíve had another few weeks with this guitar and Iím still enjoying it. Recently, I got fitted for new hearing devices. And, as predicted, everything sounds different. Fortunately, music sounds better, including guitars. One fortunate side effect is that I like the sound of my K&K installs better than ever. It has me rethinking the HFN for this guitar. I feel like there is definitely too much stuff inside of it.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:12 AM
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I've had a few more gigs and jams under my belt with the D-28 MD. It's really performing well. Sometimes guitars can be hot/cold depending on the situation. What's nice about this model is the dynamic range of the instrument. In addition to sounding (mostly) broken in from the start, there aren't any missing registers. And, it can really sustain and sing from quiet to loud without breaking up with a heavy right hand. If there are any criticisms with the tone, it would be that it's more lively on the top end then some of the other recent traditional/vintage Martin designs. I happen to like it. One consideration is that I ditched the liquid metal pins for some basic plastic pins from Martin and Stewmac. I prefer the neutral sounding plastic. As I break the guitar in, it is starting to compete with my Marquis in terms of power. And, the neck is more comfortable to play.

You might want to give one of these a play next time you see one in the wild.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:21 AM
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I've had a few more gigs and jams under my belt with the D-28 MD. It's really performing well. Sometimes guitars can be hot/cold depending on the situation. What's nice about this model is the dynamic range of the instrument. In addition to sounding (mostly) broken in from the start, there aren't any missing registers. And, it can really sustain and sing from quiet to loud without breaking up with a heavy right hand. If there are any criticisms with the tone, it would be that it's more lively on the top end then some of the other recent traditional/vintage Martin designs. I happen to like it. One consideration is that I ditched the liquid metal pins for some basic plastic pins from Martin and Stewmac. I prefer the neutral sounding plastic. As I break the guitar in, it is starting to compete with my Marquis in terms of power. And, the neck is more comfortable to play.

You might want to give one of these a play next time you see one in the wild.
Every Modern Deluxe I've tried sounds great. I tried the D-18MD, D-28MD and OM-28 MD.

All of them sounded more 'mature' than the similar counterparts; D-18, D28 and OM-28. The Modern Deluxes I tried were all very light weight and exhibited great projection with the same right hand attack.

I am delighted you are loving this guitar. I can't remember the last time a new guitar has sustained and continued to acquit itself as much as your D-28MD. The fact that it competes in the league of your D-28 Marquis is quite a testament. Congrats Dave! Love the updates my friend. :-)
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:53 AM
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Every Modern Deluxe I've tried sounds great. I tried the D-18MD, D-28MD and OM-28 MD.

All of them sounded more 'mature' than the similar counterparts; D-18, D28 and OM-28. The Modern Deluxes I tried were all very light weight and exhibited great projection with the same right hand attack.

I am delighted you are loving this guitar. I can't remember the last time a new guitar has sustained and continued to acquit itself as much as your D-28MD. The fact that it competes in the league of your D-28 Marquis is quite a testament. Congrats Dave! Love the updates my friend. :-)
Thank you! It's interesting what you can bond with when you listen with your ears and feel with your hands. Too many times I've been lured in with specifications that I think I "need" or will prefer, only to give up on a guitar in a few months. That's listening with your eyes. :-)

I was tempted to go check out a very fancy custom guitar recently based on the specifications. But, I went home and played my guitar and though "um... what else is this other guitar supposed to bring to the table that I don't have here?"

I'm not going to suggest it's the world's best guitar. But, I wasn't expecting to like it. And, I'm glad I gave it a chance.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:33 AM
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Thank you! It's interesting what you can bond with when you listen with your ears and feel with your hands. Too many times I've been lured in with specifications that I think I "need" or will prefer, only to give up on a guitar in a few months. That's listening with your eyes. :-)

I was tempted to go check out a very fancy custom guitar recently based on the specifications. But, I went home and played my guitar and though "um... what else is this other guitar supposed to bring to the table that I don't have here?"

I'm not going to suggest it's the world's best guitar. But, I wasn't expecting to like it. And, I'm glad I gave it a chance.
Funny you mention revisiting the fancy custom guitar. I went to a shop in CA when I was on a vacation a couple of weeks ago. I played some very high-end acoustics: Bourgeois ($8K DB custom), Santa Cruz Dreads and OM's, Huss & Dalton TD-R Adi, Collings Cocobolo etc. They also had a Martin D-18 Standard, Ironically enough, I liked the D-18 as much if not more than most of those. And as great as a few of these guitars were, ( The Huss & Dalton TD-R w/Torrified Adi top was a stand-out), I went home and played my 2015 D-18, 2018 DC-18, 2018 HDC-28 and I liked all my guitars more. Those highly regarded guitars had some very special qualities but they were more "different and nice," but not really 'better.'

My take away is a good current manufacture Martin can be equally musical, satisfying and rewarding ...and more affordable.
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Old 08-26-2019, 12:21 PM
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Funny you mention revisiting the fancy custom guitar. I went to a shop in CA when I was on a vacation a couple of weeks ago. I played some very high-end acoustics: Bourgeois ($8K DB custom), Santa Cruz Dreads and OM's, Huss & Dalton TD-R Adi, Collings Cocobolo etc. They also had a Martin D-18 Standard, Ironically enough, I liked the D-18 as much if not more than most of those. And as great as a few of these guitars were, ( The Huss & Dalton TD-R w/Torrified Adi top was a stand-out), I went home and played my 2015 D-18, 2018 DC-18, 2018 HDC-28 and I liked all my guitars more. Those highly regarded guitars had some very special qualities but they were more "different and nice," but not really 'better.'

My take away is a good current manufacture Martin can be equally musical, satisfying and rewarding ...and more affordable.
Yep...thatís what I think every time I play my D-41. Itís not only a superb instrument...itís also a major GAS killer.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:28 PM
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Yep...thatís what I think every time I play my D-41. Itís not only a superb instrument...itís also a major GAS killer.
Worth its weight in gold.....

I played a gorgeous custom D-41 Adi/Ambertone/Waverly at Renoís a couple of weeks ago. It was marked down only because some inconsiderate demo player put some scratches on the pickguard and Mark wonít sell it as new even though it is still warrantable. I had made a trade+cash offer on another guitar and offered to take this one instead if he needed to move it but ďunagedĒ, it was worth another $800-$1000 and he declined. Almost snagged it!
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