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Martin Guitars Still The Best

Updated on April 26, 2016

Martin D-28

Martin D-28 1999.
Martin D-28 1999. | Source

Best Martin Guitars

I waited a lot of years to save enough money to buy a Martin. I started to teach myself the guitar in 1965 on a Wards nylon string guitar. I was not satisfied and bought another Ward electric guitar. After several more low priced guitars in 1999 I bought my first Martin a D-28 at Georges Music in Orlando. The price in 1999 was $1600.00.

Everyone can see from the photo I still have this amazing guitar. If anyone buys a Martin they usually keep the guitar for the rest of their life if they were made in the USA. The more expensive Martins are usually made here and are made out of solid woods.

The D-28 has a solid spruce top with rosewood back and side. The Martin name is written on the headstock. The tuning gears are enclosed which is good for keeping dust and lint out of them. The gears have a sealed-in lubricant, this help them to stay working properly.

The D-28 has 14 frets and sounds awesome even at the 15 fret. The guitar has front side position markers so you know where you are on the fingerboard. The top of the fingerboard has larger position marks.

What made me spend this kind of money on a guitar? I had played one many years before and knew someday I would have one, The D-28 has a most awesome heavenly sound. The trebles are bright and clear and ring out. The bass is loud and deep it continues to improve with each passing year.

The play-ability is great the action is low enough for an easy play. The bridge is a standard pin bridge made out of ebony. The fingerboard is made out of stripped ebony. Solid East Indian rosewood is used for the back and the sides of the D-28. The finish on the guitar is a gloss finish.

Overall, If you are wanting a guitar for fancy looks this is not the guitar you probably want. The D-28 is a plain Jane dreadnaught, but it has a great sound. It not only continues to improve with age but so does the value of these guitars. If you are a collector this is a great guitar for you, well worth it.

Update April 26,1916

In Answer To The Question : Why are Martin Guitars The Best? They hold the best value of any guitars I have ever owned. If you live long enough you will see what I mean. Buy a Martin, preferably a solid wood one. Solid wood top, bottom, and sides. It will go up in value if you take care of it.

Martin D-2R

Another really great sounding guitar is the Martin D-2R it has a really unforgettable sound the kind you can't forget and makes you want to keep playing. Playing the D-2r has really helped me to play by ear. I believe the Martins really do help students to improve and contribute to better guitar players.

There are few guitars that can quiet a room but this is one of them. Martin D-2r actually has such a big beautiful sound that people really do get quiet to hear the tone from this guitar. The music from the D-2r is like none other.

The D-2R has 14 clear frets. I have no trouble playing to the 15th fret playing a perfect G. The D-2R is not as expensive as the D-28.The D-2R is not a solid wood guitar it is a laminate and cost a lot less. I have been offered twice what I paid for it.This is an example of how Martin guitars hold a better value.

The D-2R was designed by Martin to fulfill both worlds, the guitar is for fingerstyle players and pick players. I like both styles now I play both styles of music with one guitar. Here are some facts on the way the guitar was built.

Looking through the sound hole you will see how well built the D-2R is the back has transverse brace.There is the end block, and on the front of the block you will see the type of guitar D-2R and the most important serial number.The soundboard has X bracing.The weight of this guitar is much lighter than the D-28. The guitar cost about $800.00 in 1995. I have been offered $1600 for it. The guitar has lubricated encased tuning gears. They still will need to be maintained I would say once a year. I use petroleum jelly once a year as recommended by Martin.

The Martin company has been in business since 1833. I would recommend Martin guitars, they are a very good company. I have had good service.

My Martin D-2R

Looking though the sound hole you will not only get the serial number but the number of the guitar you are trying to buy. There are big differences between the Martin D-2R and the D-28.The D-2R top is solid Sitka spruce, and the back and sides are laminated rosewood. The fingerboard is black micarta. The bridge on the guitar is black micarta.This costs way less money.

Experiment with strings this will tell you which ones sound best. I would suggest using the recommended strings the MSP + 4200 they are coated phosphor bronze.

Always look in the sound hole to see the number of the guitar if you are buying a Martin.
A friend of mine went to buy a Martin D-28 from a private owner who lived far from his home. Thinking that he bought a D-28 he returned and I had to tell him he had bought a D-2R. I love the D-2R but its not the price of a D-28. This was a terrible thing to do to anyone but it happens.

In conclusion, the D-2R is one great guitar that is fun to play. Update April 17, 2015 I still have and play both if these guitars and I would not sell either one. To show you what a great investment, I could of tripled my money on the D-28, but turned it down.

Martin Guitars

5 stars for Martin D-28, and D-2R


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  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Hi Vocalcoach, Thanks for the comment and for sharing and voted up. You are so blessed if you can sing, I wish I could. How nice you play the piano. Wish you and your son lived here I have lots of work with broken guitars. Love to hear you play. Stella

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Dressage Husband, You are so right no two will sound the same. I find even with Martin if you go to the factory to pick a guitar you may go through 50 before finding the sound you are looking to find. I would love to own a Ramirez Classical. I like the sound it is awesome. Thanks for reading. Stella

  • Dressage Husband profile image

    Stephen J Parkin 

    3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Guitars are all different and even two of the same style and make sound different. There are some great websites about how Julian Bream played over 300 Ramirez guitars to find just two that he finally bought. Even then guitars take a year or two after making to develop their full sound so mistakes can be made.

    Playing in often results in a change of strings to develop the best sound. The better makers such as Martin, Ramirez, Yamaha etc. etc. actually buy wood well in advance leaving it to dry and mature for years before using it. This results in better matured and sounding instruments earlier in their life. I found this Hub useful and interesting.

    Many players have turned to modern luthiers to make guitars and modern changes include double tops and carbon fibre bracing etc. Flamenco guitars actually contain balsa to make them lighter to carry and play stood up.

  • PegCole17 profile image

    Peg Cole 

    3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    That is one beautiful guitar. They do have an unmistakeable quality in their looks and sound.

  • vocalcoach profile image

    Audrey Hunt 

    3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Thanks for this informative and interesting hub about Martin guitars. My son is a Luthier, builds and repairs basses, both stand-up and regular and guitars. I've learned a little about guitars from him and know that Martin is top-of-the-line.

    I'd love to hear you play. I'm a professional pianist - how about a duet? :)

    Voted up and across and will share.


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    Don A. Hoglund 

    4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I had a friend back in college days who told me about Martin guitars. I lost track of him personally, although I know he went into the Peace Corps and later became a college professor. I would guess he still plays guitar though. Your hub reminded me of thosse days in college.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    I love mine they never let me down.

  • kevin murphy-87 profile image

    kevin murphy 

    4 years ago from Ireland

    I have a Martin myself. I bought it from a friend a few years ago at a discount rate. By far the best guitar i'll ever have!

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    They are a great guitar and investment, if you buy the right ones.

  • javr profile image


    4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I recall that the Antique Road Show had a beautiful Martin guitar on a recent episode. They are very respected by the appraisers.

  • PhoenixV profile image


    4 years ago from USA

    Martin does make the best guitars in my opinion although I have never had the good fortune to own one myself. I have played them before and they are a high quality guitar because of the excellent and precision action and the superb sound. I have played and owned Alvarez, Takamine and a Yahama and the Alvarez and Yahama were pretty quality guitars for the price in my opinion, but not as good as a Martin. I am currently just down to a Jackson electric nowadays, but I want to get a good acoustic in the future. Great article.


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