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Guitar test - Martin HD28

Having an old and long lasting passion for acoustic guitars, and very specially for Martin guitars, I sometimes visit lokal music stores just to try some of their Martins. They are all way out of reach to ever think of purchasing — I am there just to dream. Last week I brought the Zoom to be able to hear how well they record.

I will now post some of the samles. First one out is this one; a Martin HD-28.

- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back and side material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Martins list price: $3449.00
- Martins presentation: http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=m&m=HD-28

My impression:

- I think this one has the sound of a very new and fresh guitar. Not yet so warm in tone. But if played for a couple of hours daily this one will be a lot better within days and weeks. And it's sound will continue to mature very well with age as years pass. This guitar is very good for being so new.

- A guy in the shop, whose taste for Martins I trust, says that the the vintage model of this guitar, the Martin HD-28V (which the shop doesn't have) is a lot better than this one — but then we are up on a list price of $4099.00. I have never tried one of these, but dream of one day I'll have the opportunity to.

Comments on the recordings:

- The only sound correction I have done to the recording is to EQ down bass around 160 Hz. Dreadnought guitars are rumbly down there and with close mic placement, lowering in the bass register is, in my exeperience, always needed.

- The environment here is a bit noisy, you will hear some kind of climate-machine fan in the background.

- The short words you hear me say in the beginning of the recording are Swedish for HD twenty-eight.

- This is two different recordings I made with different Zoom settings. You will hear where it changes.

Coming later; the other guitars that I recorded, and that I will later post sound samples of are:

Martin OM-28 Marquis
Martin 000-28EC
Martin CSN (Gerry Tolman Tribute Edition)
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AlchymicalMuse said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Short but very sweet
Your playing always impresses me Johannes ... and such a rich clean tone (apart from the fan in the background, but it all adds to the ambience!)

That is a very expensive guitar!!!
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Cori Ander said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Thank you Rebsie! Yes this is an expensive guitar. And the OM-28 Marquis that I also tested has a list price of $5299.00. Further the Crosby, Stills & Nash, Gerry Tolman Tribute Edition that I also tested has a list price of $5199.00 — this last one is one dreeeeaaam to play. Very inspiring.
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Feter said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Guitar test - Martin HD28
Absolutely a perfect gear to the right hands ...
beside I always believe you have the S Stills
licks ..you really made this guitar shine with
depth on twangs what I consider always the magic
of this instrument ... thnx alot for the infos
and the wonderful time listenin for this lovely
test !!!!
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Cori Ander said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Yes .. Mr Stills served as a model long ago (first CSN album came 40 years ago, can you imagine). His playing set deep marks during my learning process back then, and these still last.

Thanks a lot Feter for you enthusiastic support!
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composerclark said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Aren't you supposed to play "Stairway to Heaven" in guitar stores? :-) This sounds good, but short. Recording different guitars in guitar stores is something that I never thought of, but it seems a very smart thing to do when considering the purchase of a new instrument... I may try this myself next time I buy a guitar!

Always good to hear something of yours.
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Cori Ander said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
smoke on the water
Or what about smoke on the water .. I once read a sign in a music store that read:

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said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
smiling sales guys
You must be greeted with many smiles when you enter the store...

What wonderful publicity to have such an artist as you make the inventory sing the way you do!

. - Harold
Cori Ander said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Thank you Harold
Well luckliy the guitar room is a bit isolated from the rest of the shop .. (I would be very uncomfortable if the guitar testing would turn to performance).
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MarkHolbrook said 3688 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
The shop
should hire you... Demo and sell guitars in your free time!

This is what happened to me... As a kid my father took me into a music store and the store owner was doing exactly what you were and that was it... I wanted a guitar so bad I could taste it...
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Cori Ander said 3687 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
what a job!
Haha, you got me laughing, what a job that would be! To sit and jam on the best guitars in the world.
Good idea .. hope they will take me :-)
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Dadai.2 said 3687 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
nothing like your...
wonderful guitar playing. I just love listening to you bring out such feeling through your fingers on the strings... only this one is too short, but very sweet.

Martins are indeed a fine guitar. I have a DM, not an expensive model, but it sounds incredible.

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ziti said 3687 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
boy....i forgot how sweet you play.....you sound great.

it is a wonderful gift you have, sir

as always deep bows

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Ed Hannifin said 3687 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Okay, okay...
I'll buy it...

Do the fingers come with it?

How 'bout the talent? Soul?

It will be interesting to hear the others as they come, just for comparison... It's always good to hear your playing....

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Ibstrat said 3686 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
is a guitar center near my house- I wish that I could walk in in hear playing like this! Usually it's very loud tapping and shredding or a kid playing "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Great music.
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guitapick said 3686 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Like this one...
...definitely takes to your style better than the other...very fine
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racerat said 3686 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
My brother-in-law brought a Zoom over once and I was blown away at the sound quality of it, especially in the 2 mic omni-directional pattern. The Martin sounds lovely. I am a Taylor fan myself and the the 814ce has it hands down over just about any Martin I've ever payed in the vintage shops I've been in. But to each their own! Thx for the great test.

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Bob6stringer said 3685 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
4+20 plus 20?!
You passed the test. Did the 28? I like em, got a D 28 myself. It doesn't play with the same level of ... Curry, unfortunately. But 4+20 years ago plus a couple more decades have not dimmed your talents, "Mr. Stills." (Feter gets credit for that one!)
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