Martin 000-28

Robert H.
January 6th, 2011, 01:58 PM
I'm looking for comments, recommendations, observations, etc. about the Martin 000-28 from those who have played or own them. I'm not thinking of the vintage models---more recent.

mr newhaven
January 6th, 2011, 02:22 PM
you really can't go wrong with those 000-28's!

they are gorgeous and i find the 000 size to be very comfortable and playable!

the ones i see range in price from 1800-2300...if i were you i'd buy used...

let me look up a couple of sites to see about pricing elsewhere...i no longer believe in buying BRAND NEW guitars...just like i dont believe in buying dogs from the pet store...hold on...


this is from Acousticmusic.org...

they are local to me (in guilford ct)
George Youngblood is the luthier and he is a WORLD CLASS TALENT!
he has in stock some of the nicest acoustics ever and he regularly works on instruments in the tens of thousands of dollars range...
he did work on my yamaha...and he knows what he is doing...
if he is selling a guitar its in tip top shape...and for almost half price of a new one!

here is a nytimes article on him


this would be my best recommendation...

i will post a few more links though in the order of thouroughness...

most of the 000-28's for sale are eric clapton models hence a slight price increase...go with the 80's one from George...you will not go wrong!

good luck!

January 6th, 2011, 04:21 PM
I love mine . If you can find an exceptional one , you will keep it . Mine is a Standard series lefty .

January 6th, 2011, 04:56 PM
I bought mine new in 1990. Love it to death. The shorter scale 24.9" neck makes it a little easier for string bends and the body size is very comfortable to play while sitting.

Sound wise very balanced with just enough bass from the rosewood back and sides.

You should compare it with an OM28 if you can, to see if you prefer the 25.4" neck.

Jack S
January 6th, 2011, 05:04 PM
I am guessing you mean the 14 fret models like I think everyone is responding about. If you are a finger picker you should check out the 12 fret, slotted peghead models. I prefer them by far, myself, but you said not the vintage models so I assume that is what you are discounting. One of the things I love about 12 fret model guitars, is that the neck is pushed into the body of the guitar further, so that the bridge is located deeper into the meat of the soundboard and it really opens up the sound especially when playing notes about the 5th fret on the guitar.

January 6th, 2011, 09:19 PM
I have an EC. Excellent guitar!

January 6th, 2011, 09:26 PM
I don't own one, but have spent over an hour playing one. No way I'll be able to afford one for a loooong time.

Absolutely amazing guitar. Feels good, sounds good. What more can you ask for? Its a fingerpickers dream.

January 6th, 2011, 11:45 PM
My wife tells me that when I turn 50 I can have a Martin, and that is the model I will most likely get. Right now I'm happy with my Silver Creek T-170, but it's not a Martin...

Robert H.
January 8th, 2011, 01:30 PM
Thanks for all the responses---I'll be looking for a used one today at the Bay Area guitar show.

January 8th, 2011, 03:22 PM
I have an OM16 which is the humble OOO cousin to the 28.

I love my 16 and I've had for about 11 years. The tone just gets better and better.

28's are superb. 28's are the benchmark that everything else is compared to.

3 Chord Monte
January 8th, 2011, 06:02 PM
I don't know if this helps, but I just picked up a Martin 000-15, blow-out price, that I just love. LOVE. I'm glad I pulled the trigger. I haven't put it down in the weeks that I've owned it, and just went around the house tuning my electrics that have been seriously neglected since before Christmas. There is something special about this guitar, water decal rosette and all.

January 8th, 2011, 11:14 PM
My wife tells me that when I turn 50 I can have a Martin, and that is the model I will most likely get. Right now I'm happy with my Silver Creek T-170, but it's not a Martin...

I often play the 000-28EC model at the local GCs, then come home and play my T-170, and loose any urge I had to pay for the Martin. Maybe I'm crazy, but I like the sound of my T-170 better (and it's only gotten better with age). It has the same profile chunky mod V neck, all solid RW/Spruce body, same 24.9" scale, and 1 3/4" nut.

Nothing against Martin in any way, but working stiffs like me on a budget really have some nice choices these days!

January 12th, 2011, 05:27 PM
My wife bought me a standard 000-28 for my birthday this year. I love it. I wanted something more comfortable to play sitting than a dread and this fit the bill. It sounds great with a surprisingly good low-end. It is short scale and has a 1-11/16th nut which took a little getting used to for me. But, now I perfectly happy with it. You should probably consider the OM-21 also, a few hundred cheaper. It has less bling and a wider longer neck. I played two when I bought the -28. They were surprisingly similar to the -28, but I got a good deal on the -28 and like the black guard and binding.

January 12th, 2011, 07:16 PM
The 000-28 is a beautiful guitar. Check out the Eric Clapton signature version while you're at it. I preferred that one to the stock version.

January 12th, 2011, 07:19 PM
One of my all time favorite songs performed with the 000-28...


It is definitely on my short list but out of my budget right now.

For now my Recording King RO-127 is as close as I can get :)