Martin's 000-28 (2018) acoustic guitar shares the same impeccable appointments as its Style 28 big siblings, but that's where the family resemblance ends. While a dreadnought is great for flatpicking, the smaller and exceedingly comfortable 000-28 is built for fingerpicking and layering, producing a clear, balanced tone that's ideal for live performance and in the studio. Studio guitarists have long used Martin 000 guitars to add depth and dimension to a track, and the 000-28 delivers a remarkably rich, lively tone that sits beautifully in a mix. The Martin 000-28 is handcrafted true to Martin tradition, featuring a solid Sitka spruce top, with sides and back of stunning East Indian rosewood. Martin's sleek, modified low oval neck with high-performance taper offers silky playability up and down the Plek'd-to-perfection ebony fretboard. If you savor Martin guitars the way we do at Music Experience, your collection isn't complete without the 000-28.
Martin fanciers will duly note that 000 (Auditorium) instruments share body dimensions with the company's OM (Orchestra Model) guitars; the main difference between the two being the OM's longer scale length. Prior to the Orchestra Model, Martin guitars all had the same 12th-fret neck-join design as the instruments Christian Frederick Martin Sr. was handcrafting during the 1830s. They were similar in shape, tone, and volume to today's classical guitars, although most of them were converted from gut to steel strings by the close of the 1920s.
Interestingly, Martin's Orchestra Model guitars came about thanks, in part, to the banjo. In the interest of keeping up with the trends (and being heard), banjo pickers — the primary rhythm keepers in bands of the era — became interested in steel-stringed guitars, which were more resonant (and at least as loud) than their banjos. Banjo players were also used to long, narrow necks, so Martin responded with the first 14-fret flat-top designed expressly for steel strings. Debuting in 1930, Martin's Orchestra Model was the prototype for the modern steel-string acoustic guitar. During the winter of 1933–'34, Martin phased out the OM in favor of the 000 — which was, essentially, a short-scale OM with a wider nut. And this is the historical significance of the superb 000-28 we are privileged to present to you.
With a solid Sitka spruce top and solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, this Martin 000-28 is a beautiful, immaculately designed acoustic guitar. The select hardwood neck boasts a black ebony 20-fret fingerboard with diamond and square taper fingerboard inlays. Beautiful with its vintage-styled belly bridge and classic tortoise pickguard, the 000-28 stays reliably in tune with nickel open-geared tuners — complete with stylish butterbean knobs.
The 000-28's sound and robust projection make it ideal for live performance as well as recording. In addition, the 000-28 is great for aggressive strumming or subtle fingerpicking — bluegrass, folk, even acoustic rock sound great on the 000-28.
You just can't beat the sound of solid spruce and solid genuine rosewood. For such an affordable guitar, the Martin 000-28 spares no expense on its tonewoods. You'll love the crisp sound of the 000-28's solid East-Indian rosewood back and sides, and they look fantastic. What's more, the 000-28 is topped with solid Sitka spruce, adding rich and mellow overtones. Take it from the Music Experience crew — the Martin 000-28 delivers the tone and playability you want in an acoustic guitar!
Martin's Modified Low Oval mahogany neck with High Performance Taper delivers a new level of performance in the latest 000-28. Technical players will enjoy greater speed and accuracy, while strummers will enjoy greater comfort as the night rolls along.
Embracing the past, while looking to the future — it's a tightrope act, but Martin has always been able to pull it off. That's why they've consistently been a leader in acoustic guitar design, infusing their guitars with new materials, building techniques, and technologies — while producing fine instruments that age with grace to become highly sought-after, highly playable heirlooms.
The LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Pickup is an award-winning and well-loved acoustic pickup, and Martin have spared no expense in installing these premium pickups on the GPC-28E. This feedback-busting, natural-sounding pickup is the result of over 30 years of effort. There's no modeling and no illusions going on here. The Anthem is strictly a well-designed microphone that picks up the guitar - clean, clear, and full of dynamics. While many guitar mics are way too prone to feedback or just as bad... give you that annoying "boxy sound" when used alone...
The resonant tone of rosewood in a body style built for balance. Scalloped X-bracing, herringbone trim and antique white binding offers a bold, complex tone and timeless style. Sitka spruce and East Indian rosewood pair with a sleek modified low-oval neck for sound you won't want to put down and comfort that means you won't need to.
|String Type||Steel String|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Finish||Full High Gloss|
|Top Wood||Solid Sitka Spruce|
|Back & Sides Wood||East Indian Rosewood|
|Body Bracing||Scalloped X-bracing|
|Neck Wood||Select Hardwood|
|Neck Shape||Modified Low Oval, High Performance Taper|
Diamonds and Squares Long Pattern, Abalone
|Number of Frets||20 (total), 14 (clear)|
|Tuning Machines||Chrome enclosed gears|
|Nut/Saddle Material||White Corian/Compensated White TUSQ|
|Bridge String Spacing||2 5/32"|
|Neck Taper||High Performance Taper|
|Electronics||LR Baggs Anthem
|Strings||Martin Authentic Acoustic Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge|
|Case Included||3-ply hardshell case|
|Manufacturer Part Number||Y1800028-ZLRB|