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Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar

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D1228Martin sets the standard for acoustic guitars, and since 1833 has been a leader in guitar innovation and craftsmanship.Everyone from Eric Clapto...Click To Read More About This Product

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A no-compromise twelver!

D1228
Martin sets the standard for acoustic guitars, and since 1833 has been a leader in guitar innovation and craftsmanship.
Everyone from Eric Clapton to Sting to Johnny Lang has played a Martin guitar, and professionals and amateurs alike know the bright sparkle and deep, resonant tone that Martin guitars have become famous for, from the most high end acoustics to the Backpacker.
Carefully hand-selected tonewoods, master craftsmanship and beautiful finishes and styles make Martin acoustics a class all their own, and must be played to be believed.
C. F. Martin & Co. has been building 12-string guitars since the early 1930's. Our current 12-string model, the D12-28, is considered the industry standard for both exceptional tone and playability. This is no simple feat.
Because of the tremendous pull exerted on the top by the additional strings, special reinforced bracing is required. Here, Martin has experimented with lighter braces and a modified X-brace pattern that gives strength to the top without sacrificing tone. Playability is improved, too, with Martin's adjustable neck rod that counteracts the higher tension and keeps the strings at a comfortable height. If you're looking for the big, booming sound of rosewood 12-string guitar, the D12-28 is the ideal choice.

FEATURES
D 14-fret body style
Solid Sitka spruce top
Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides
White Boltaron endpiece
White Boltaron binding
Genuine mahogany neck
Low profile neck shape
White Corian nut
Solid East Indian rosewood headplate
Solid black ebony fingerboard
24.9" scale length
14 frets clear
20 frets total
1-7/8" nut width
2-5/16" fingerboard width at 12th fret
Solid black ebony belly-style bridge
Includes case

A 12-string that will keep you happy for the rest of your life! Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Back and Sides: Solid Rosewood
Binding: White
Bracing: Standard 1/4"
Case Included: Includes free Martin hardshell case - a $120 value
Fingerboard: Striped Ebony
Frets: 20
Neck Joint: Set
Nut Width: 1.68"
Pickguard: Black
Scale: 25 2/5"
Top Wood: Solid Spruce
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MartinStandard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yeeee-haaa, finally a 12-string I really like

I received my Martin 12-28 yesterday, I have owned several other brands, including a couple that are famous for their 12 string guitars, but none of them seemed to have the right...Read complete review

I received my Martin 12-28 yesterday, I have owned several other brands, including a couple that are famous for their 12 string guitars, but none of them seemed to have the right tone for me. I am a Martin man to the core. I was so excited about it I was waiting at the door when the UPS man arrived. I took it out of the box tuned in up and began playing, all I can say is fantastic. I was exactly as I expected. I did notice however that the plain steel strings appeared to have some rust on them, but that did not effect the tone, it was no big deal, because I always change the strings or have them changed on any guitar I first acquire, whether used or new.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice but compare with other makes first

I own a 1991 D-28P and a 2016 Jose Ramirez 4 NE. Both very nice guitars. Ten years ago I went looking for a D12-28 and ended up with a Guild...Read complete review

I own a 1991 D-28P and a 2016 Jose Ramirez 4 NE. Both very nice guitars. Ten years ago I went looking for a D12-28 and ended up with a Guild g212nat. After comparing guitars, I could not see the Martin worth over $2000 more. The Guild's sound and action was fantastic for the price. I really wanted the Martin but could not put down the Guild. Ten years later the action is still perfect, a flawless top (never humidified) and the sound is even better. Shop around. Don't just buy on reputation.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yeeee-haaa, finally a 12-string I really like

By rangerdoug

from Austin, TX

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Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

I received my Martin 12-28 yesterday, I have owned several other brands, including a couple that are famous for their 12 string guitars, but none of them seemed to have the right tone for me. I am a Martin man to the core. I was so excited about it I was waiting at the door when the UPS man arrived. I took it out of the box tuned in up and began playing, all I can say is fantastic. I was exactly as I expected. I did notice however that the plain steel strings appeared to have some rust on them, but that did not effect the tone, it was no big deal, because I always change the strings or have them changed on any guitar I first acquire, whether used or new.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great Guitar I Have Loved

By JAMES CARLSON

from usa

Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

Overall is a great 12-string GUITAR
I bought a D12-28 12-String Martin in 1983. I have loved that guitar forever. It was really great but gave it up for a gift for my new daughter-in-law.
Tone was great. Feel was great. Action was great.
To have such quality is a bargain at any price.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just as expected...

By BryanS

from Planet Earth

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Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

Purchased this guitar from MF and received it a week ago. Fantastic guitar! Bought an HD-28 from MF about 10 years ago that sounds as good and looks even better than the day I bought it. I look forward to watching this D12-28 'mature' over the next few years. Action is nice and low, lower than my HD-28. The neck and fingerboard are very comfortable. The sounds that resonate from this instrument are just as expected from a high-end Martin. I had no reservations about purchasing this guitar without having played it. If you're in the market for a 12-string, and are a fan of Martin guitars, this one surely won't disappoint.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best 12-string out there

By gsjohn6

from Highlands Ranch, CO

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Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

I received my D12-28 for my birthday 2 years ago and I could not be happier with it. It has the most amazingly full sound of any 12-string I've ever played. This thing just sings. I bought my first Martin - a D-25K - back in 1982 and have been a Martin guy ever since. I do a lot of finger style playing and the D12-28 has the perfect spacing between the string pairs to allow very accurate picking. If you're looking for a quality 12-string, you need to try out this guitar.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NEW MARTIN D12-28

By Fox-Z_ixN

from Shawnee, OK

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Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

I just received my new Martin D12-28 and it's everything I expected and even more. Pictures don't do it justice. It has a beautiful, straight and tight grained Sitka spruce top with no flaws in it. The rosewood back and sides are equally beautiful. The black pickguard compliments the beautiful ebony fingerboard and bridge. The expected Martin quality, fit and finish are all there. All I had to do was fine tune the strings and start playing. The guitar was perfectly adjusted to suit my playing preference and the sound was clean and right on. The harmonics rang out and sustained like a bell. For a 12-string it plays very easily. This is a guitar I've dreamed of for years and I know I'll always treasure it as long as I live. I can't wait to play it again and intend to enjoy it as much as I can. You can't go wrong with a Martin and you can't go wrong with Musicians Friend.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Guitar - Big Sound

By MikeBlues

from AK

Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

It's a big guitar which can make a 'lot' of noise so even without amplification it holds its own in the band. Even without a professional setup the action on mine is just right allowing barre chords to be played right up the neck.I don't own any other Martin so can't draw a direct comparison to 'other' martins but the build quality compared to other brands is excellent.It has a distinctive sound which I find hard to describe.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Baby!

By Doctor J

from Colorado Mountains

Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

My wife bought this for me one Christmas over 10 years ago. It is absolutely the sweetest guitar I'v ever owned, easy on the fingers, fast action, and sounds beautiful in standard tuning and even more lovely G-tuned. Use a glass slide and you're in Heaven! She's a family member who never lets me down.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great 12 String

By Melinda Rogers

from Arizona

Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

The Martin D12-28 12 String is a great choice. I have owned other brands of 12 strings, and the Martin is by far the best in this price range. The tone quality is fantastic and it has nice neck action. This is a Beautiful Guitar !!!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic 12 String Martin Guitar

By Oklahoma Andy

from Norman, OK

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Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

I love this guitar. It has a loud brilliant voice that seems to ring forever. It can be played loud or soft or anywhere in between without missing a note. All strings are equal in intonation and volume. This guitar even makes me sound good.This is my second Martin Guitar. I'll never buy any other brand.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Love this Guitar

By rangerdoug

from Austin, TX

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Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

Purchased my D12-28 about 6 months ago. I have no regrets. I like the shorted scale length it does make fingering a little easier. I did find the bass to be a little muddy due to the strings. I replaced them with a Martin FX 12 string set, so the bass response is much better.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny!

By wildman

from WA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

    I have owned a Martin D 28 6 string for about 10 years now, and the quality is second to none, and this martin D 12 28 is without a doubt perfect, I opened the box with great expectations and I was not disappointed, in fact I was shocked at the shear beauty, quality and play ability ( I couldn't resist playing stairway to heaven) if you can afford to buy this guitar do it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar

    By Tommy

    from Northeast PA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • GREAT LOOKING
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

      This is my second Martin (my first is a 1967 00-18) so I know and appreciate Martin's quality and sound. This D 12-28 confirmed Martin's consistency in both areas. It has a full rich sound and it fingers easily for a 12 string. I definitely recommend it to anyone considering a 12 string acoustic.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Martin D12-28

      By Mr. R.

      from Toledo, OH

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      Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

      Great 12-string. Superior sound that won't let you down even if you capo up.

       
      3.0

      Nice but compare with other makes first

      By Recumbentguy

      from Brampton, Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Standard Series D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar:

          I own a 1991 D-28P and a 2016 Jose Ramirez 4 NE. Both very nice guitars. Ten years ago I went looking for a D12-28 and ended up with a Guild g212nat. After comparing guitars, I could not see the Martin worth over $2000 more. The Guild's sound and action was fantastic for the price. I really wanted the Martin but could not put down the Guild. Ten years later the action is still perfect, a flawless top (never humidified) and the sound is even better. Shop around. Don't just buy on reputation.

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