Now we have played a ton of D-28's but we have not played any like this. Wow! That is the word folks...wow! At first glance the guitar is stunning. Then you pick her up and it is one of lightest D-28s we have ever held. And then...you strum her! Oh my the sweet tonal goodness that comes out of this sound box is outstanding and outrageous. It is as if the crafts folk at Martin had taken the best of the D-28 and hot rodded it. The bass is booming yet the guitar is balanced. The treble comes out loud and clear and is never tinny or harsh. The mid-range is perfectly scooped yet present and warm. And the neck plays fast and comfortable. You are immediately encouraged to move gracefully across the fretboard in ways that you didn't think a dreadnaught would allow.
The woods are perfectly matched here and allow from a great springboard to our tonal adventures. The grain is great and the book matching is tight and fine! The appointments are spectacular as well. The gold frets and the gold open geared tuners blend with the wood binding and the VTS top.
The vintage appointments offered in the Modern Deluxe Series include a Sitka spruce Vintage Tone System (VTS) top and VTS Adirondack spruce braces. VTS allows Martin’s craftspeople to recreate not only the visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the refined tones of fine vintage instruments.
One of the ultra-modern features that is new to this series is a two-way titanium truss rod, which makes the neck super easy to adjust, and it is 64% lighter than a traditional truss rod.
The models also feature Liquidmetal® red dot bridge pins.
The new composite carbon fiber bridge plate that increases the volume without adding weight.
All four models feature stylish gold open-gear tuners.
All four models feature a gorgeous, pearl inlaid, 1930s style script logo on the headstock.
The 28-style guitars feature East Indian rosewood back and sides with a contrasting flamed maple binding, while the 18-style features genuine mahogany back and sides with contrasting East Indian rosewood binding.