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Saturday, July 15 2017
Martin D-28 2016 vs 2017

Maury compares the 2016 Martin D-28 with the new, updated 2017 version.  Which do you prefer & why?  The 2016 version is built with standard X-bracing, has a black pickguard and a 1 11/16" nut.  For 2017, Martin revamped the D-28.  Notable changes include a 1 3/4" nut, a faux tortoise pickguard, aging toner, and forward-shifted non-scalloped braces!  For more information on these or any great Martin Guitars, please contact us today!


Posted by: Maury- Maury's Music AT 01:18 pm   |  Permalink   |  6 Comments  |  Email
I'm hearing much clearer note separation on the 2017.
Posted by Craig Burgess on 07/15/2017 - 04:17 PM
I agree with Craig Burgess... The 2016 sounds muffled, or muddy, compared to the 2017.
Posted by Bill J. on 07/16/2017 - 09:19 PM
Interesting, I hear the exact opposite. 2016 is way clearer.
Posted by Dave G on 07/20/2017 - 01:20 PM
The 2016 is more balanced then the 2017 also the tone is sweeter and fatter when you lean into it the 2017 sounds harsh.i own a Martin 2013 d28 and think it sounds better then both of them . I think Chris Martin made an executive mistake to make changes for change sake.
Posted by Peter kalla on 09/25/2017 - 11:57 PM
I bought the 2018 Martin OM-28 and have been very pleased with how this guitar sounds, feels, and looks. For being an orchestra model,I am extremely impressed with the tone compared to my 2016 D-28 which was a dud. This OM-28 is a canon!!! Projects loudly, looks good as hell, and fits like a glove everytime I pick it up. If you're considering a 2018 standard Martin guitar you won't go wrong with any of them. I'm glad I chose the OM-28, it truly is a fine guitar to own and play.
Posted by Joseph P Liptak Jr on 09/07/2018 - 11:14 AM
I prefer standard x-bracing any day over forward shifted x-bracing for one good reason, high strings are compromised. Forward shifting equals (good bye) to that crisp sound that Martin has been known for!
Posted by Patrick Samolyk on 04/16/2021 - 02:03 AM

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