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Comment by Mark Barrett on November 10, 2012 at 8:01am
My first Martin arrived yesterday! An Mmv, I am an intermediate player and this is top of the line for my skill set. Love it! And it makes me like this crazy serious guitarist because now I own 2 haha! Three actually an S6 and an ibanez electric, and now a Martin!
Comment by JB Maddox on November 10, 2012 at 7:51am

I picked up the new D-28P yesterday with a great setup and the Martin SP Medium strings.  The Performance neck plays like butter and is as buttery to play as my 000 Custom with 12's.  The 13's are the sound of the D28 but I never like the neck of the standard.

I could not be more pleased.  As an old coot I hope I am on this side of the dirt when the wood really comes out.

This D-28P is a winner--just the sound and touch I have been looking for.

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Comment by Jud Hair on November 8, 2012 at 11:30am

JB --- I was able to A/B a D-28P and a new 2012 D-18 (also w/PA neck) and they were both very nice.  I ended up buying the mahogany D-18 rather than the rosewood D-28 because I felt like it was warmer sounding and I thought it projected a little better.  Also I liked all the "retro" touches they've incorporated in the D-18 such as forward-shifted scalloped X bracing, tortoise binding and pick-guard, open-back butter bean tuners, etc.

Comment by JB Maddox on November 8, 2012 at 7:56am

Thanks Mike and Edward.  I am glad to hear about the wider neck.  I am going to try the mediums first (I prefer them for flatpicking).  I have a Taylor 414CE with the wider neck just for fingerstyle--I did find Martin 92/8 PB strings sounded better than the Elixirs.

The shop I am buying from has two luthiers with over 60 years experience between them and they know I am a pain in the frets about setup.

Comment by Mike Nepper on November 4, 2012 at 2:36pm

JB, I have a 1970 D28 with a custom built neck by Jeff Traugott. It is a 1 3/4" nut that was primarily built with flatpicking in mind and runs mediums. It has been on there since 1993. I literally played the frets off of it but transitioned to fingerstyle on it as well. I had Jeff put new frets on it a couple years ago and then had it Plekked - still set up with mediums. The guitar is really not a fingerstyle machine so now I play 2 custom 12 fret short scale guitars with 1 13/16" nut width. One of them is a recently aquired 2006 Martin Custom 000 28. Pics of it are on here a few days back. I'm sure you will love your "P" neck. Like you said "the ultimate acoustic guitar sound"!

Comment by Edward Sparks on November 4, 2012 at 8:28am

Congrats JB, please let us know what you think when you get it!  As the owner of '76 D-28 I too have always loved that sound.  I am okay with the neck size because I grew up with clunky necks and so they feel comfortable to me...I remember when Paul Reed Smith (pre-fame days when he was our local go-to repair guy! ) held my custom made electric 12 sting and commented "The neck is like a baseball bat" and I replied with a smile, "Exactly!"  

BUT, I am intrigued with the 28P and can't wait to hear your opinions and comments, and to see pics!  Thanks, Edward  

Comment by JB Maddox on November 4, 2012 at 7:07am

I own a Custom Shop 000 and love it, of course but I always thought the tone of the D28 was the ultimate acoustic guitar sound.  I was tempted to just buy one but the neck always turned me off--it feels so clunky.Now Chris and the folks at Nazareth have put a P or performance neck with 1-3/4 nut width on the D-28P so I had to have one.  I arrives at the Luthier next week with SP Mediums.

Is anybody here playing one of these?  If so, what is your setup, strings, etc. and what style do you play?  I am primarily a flat picker but with an oddball light touch.

Comment by Mike Nepper on November 3, 2012 at 8:49pm

Ditto, great looking 12 string!

Comment by Edward Sparks on November 3, 2012 at 7:57pm

Michael, I checked out the photos and it looks great!  I just saw a new martin 12 string in the PA series that looks great! 


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