Martin Guitars Custom Shop Slope-Shoulder D-28
Sonic EvaluationSlope-shouldered Martin dreadnoughts are few and far between, so we were delighted to receive this Wildwood Spec D-28. This rare bird features stunning wild-grain East Indian rosewood back and sides to go with a gorgeous bearclaw Sitka Spruce top. Add in a sweet sunburst finish and some maple binding, and you've got a D-28 that stands out from the pack!
And wow, does it ever have rare and spectacular voice! In particular, the attack has a wide dynamic range. Playing with a light touch yields a warm, round, attack. When you dig in, this guitar can really get raunchy and percussive. Most of the time, though, a medium touch gives you a pleasant, warm tone with enough overtones to sound full but not so many that the sound becomes muddy.
The low-end is deep, warm, and open, and it has a piano-like fullness. Higher up, the trebles are clear and glassy, with a delightful silvery hue of bell-like overtones. Finally, the midrange is present but transparent, with a slight notch in the low mids. So, it sounds big and bold, but it will still sit nicely in a mix. And single note lines have plenty of heft. Overall, it has slightly drier harmonic response, so it has more of a vintage-style voice.
Overall, this Wildwood Spec D-28 would make a great guitar for any strummer looking for a warm-sounding D-28 with a dash of old-school sauce. Strummers with a light touch will especially be amazed at how easy it is to coax rich tones out of the bearclaw top at low volumes. Nevertheless, anyone who enjoys classic Martin tones will love this slope-shouldered sweetheart. Some lucky Martin aficionado is going ot find a lifelong partner in crime in this serial!
|Model||Martin Custom Shop Slope-Shoulder D-28|
|Type||D-14 Fret Slope Shoulder|
|Top Wood||Solid Bearclaw Sitka Spruce|
|Top Finish||Gloss Sunburst|
|Bracing||5/16" Scalloped Sitka Spruce w/ 1/4" Tone Bars|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid Wild-Grain East Indian Rosewood|
|Back & Sides Finish||Gloss|
|Neck Shape||Modified Low Oval|
|Neck Taper||Performing Artist|
|Neck Dimensions||.820 1st - .880 9th|
|Fretboard Inlays||Long-Pattern Diamonds & Squares|
|Width at Nut||1 3/4"|
|Saddle Spacing||2 3/16"|
|Rosette||Old-Style 18 Black Fiber and Maple|
|Tuners||Nickel Grover StaTites w/18:1 Ratio|
|Bridge||1930s Ebony Drop-In|
|Case||Geib-Style Hardshell Case|
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