Picked up my new HD-28 today. Sounds and plays beautifully. I can still smell the wood, which is just amazing to see. The richness of the Indian Rosewood, and the sparkle of the Spruce top! Man, what a guitar! The only thing I can complain about is the molded case. Why doesn't Martin include a Geib case with this model? The aluminum trim and the fact that it won't stay open really bugs me. Oh, well, I'll get a replacement, it would have cost to much to add in on today, would have added another $150 to the cost.
At any rate, GAS is temporarily in remission, though I did see a nice 00-15 slot head Martin that was giving me the eye.;-)
I bought a new HD-28 last month. After having it for about a week I noticed what appeared to be cracks in the top on either side of the bridge. They could only be seen when the light hit it just right. I couldn't tell if they were in the finish or in the wood. I wasn't sure what to expect when I returned it to the dealer. I thought they may tell me I had to take it up with Martin. To their credit they took one look at it and said there would be no problem exchanging it. They even revealed that they had had some problems with their humidification system and felt that the cracks may have been a result of that. The guitar was a 2011 and had been hanging on the wall there for some time. After two days I had the replacement in hand, a new 2012 still in the box from the factory. This one apperas to be perfect. Certainly the finest instrument I've had the pleasure of owning.
Dan, that is all great news. I enjoy my HD-28 a lot, it is absolutely the best sounding guitar I've ever owned. No complaints whatsoever.
Now, that being said, I just played a 0-28VS that is just a bit better sounding and made for more fingerstyle, although it sound pretty darn good for strumming and singing along too. I'm almost tempted to trade my HD-28 for it. Still thinking about it, though.