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  • D28 is calling me?

    Posted by Mrfredsporty on June 14, 2022 at 4:01 am

    Well, I’m thinking of moving way up to a d28 or even hd 28. I’m trying to figure out where to buy one new at a great deal or used (not vintage) in great shape. I don’t trust Craig’s list and places like it. What are your suggestions. What worked for you. Help I want one before I croak (I’m 78)

    Mrfredsporty replied 1 year, 10 months ago 9 Members · 25 Replies
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  • Cadgirl

    Member
    June 14, 2022 at 4:50 am

    @Mrfredsporty , I was the same way. I wanted a Martin D28, and that was it! I wasn’t thinking how big the guitar was. It’s a large full size. I found it was hard for me to get my arm around comfortably. I had it for about a year and 1/2 and traded it in. I rarely played it. I had to step down in size. I’m not a big woman so your fit will be different than mine. My advise is to get to the guitar store and bring some of your sheet music that you regularly play. And…. sit down and play for awhile. If it’s a good store, they will let you do that. After all, it’s not a cheap guitar. Ask for something slightly smaller and slightly larger (of the same quality of tone). Don’t be afraid to go back the next day and the next. They want a happy customer and you want a guitar that makes you happy. Also ask for their return policy. Then you can decide if you want new or used. Good Luck, I hope my advice helps.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      June 14, 2022 at 5:16 am

      Thanks cadgirl. Well said. I currently have a big epiphone hummingbird which is shaped like the d28 so I’m used to the size. But size was a definite consideration before I got my hummingbird. I am going to the local shop and play around with one though.

    • dr_dave

      Member
      June 14, 2022 at 9:04 am

      In this same vein, hopefully you find a store that has several. I have a friend who bought a D28 many years ago. The sixth one he tried stood head and shoulders above the first five he tried, at least to his ear and his touch.

  • John_Hall

    Member
    June 14, 2022 at 5:06 am

    You will love the D28, I bought a D45 through Sweetwater, their customer service is second to none.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      June 14, 2022 at 5:18 am

      I’m envious of the d45. I’m considering sweet water. Maybe a used one in perfect shape. Maybe I’ll call them and see what they say. Thanks so much

      • John_Hall

        Member
        June 15, 2022 at 7:33 am

        Also you might consider an 000-15 or 000-16, both amazing guitars for the money. I have the 000-16 and it sounds and plays amazingly well.

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    June 14, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Hi @Mrfredsporty : I like craigslist for this reason: there are the occasional excellent buys to be found there. You are able to play the guitar too which is darn near requisite for a new/new to me guitar joining my guitarsenal. There are a few dealers who I trust and know well enough to have conversations regarding tone, geometry, setup. I have bought without playing from and so far no disappointments. (once I had a small problem from Music Villa in Montana but the deal we agreed to meant they were unwilling to fix something I thought was unstandard and the fix was not too costly.) D-28d from Martin are lovely. I would encourage you to explore some other rosewood dreadnoughts from smaller builders as well. There are the occasional screaming deals to be had, not so much in new but rather in the used markets at places like Dave’s guitars in LaCrosse Wisconsin, or Eddie’s Guitars in St Louis MO, or Heartbreaker Guitars in Las Vegas NV, or Dream Guitars in Asheville, NC. The best deal I ever saw on a used guitar was a on a Preston Thompson OM sold by Heartbreaker Guitars It was 10 years old, someone had traded it in. I wish I could say I was the beneficiary of that deal but It went to one of my best Guitar Buddies. Have fun in your hunt and play everything you can get your hands on. You may be surprised by a smaller not on your current radar. The hunting is as fun for me as the owning. It is the Acoustic Life.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      June 14, 2022 at 7:56 am

      jumpin Jeff thank you so much for your excellent info. it truly was well said. im making an announcement in a few minutes cuz im so impulsive. stay tuned

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    June 14, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    and I want to add @Mrfredsporty….. you will post what you buy? One more thing, will you keep your hummingbird?

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      June 14, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      After my hd 28 arrives my epiphone hummingbird will be for sale . Around $700 with very padded soft case

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        June 14, 2022 at 2:27 pm

        YOU GOT THE HD!! I am glad you did. I know I was mad at myself for not getting the HD. But, like I said it was just to hard for me to play so I let someone else buy it. now….. I’m looking at a used 12 string.

      • Mrfredsporty

        Member
        June 14, 2022 at 2:50 pm

        Cool.

      • Pinski

        Member
        June 15, 2022 at 10:38 pm

        You won’t be disappointed in the HD-28. I’ve had mine for four months now and I absolutely love it.

      • Mrfredsporty

        Member
        June 16, 2022 at 2:27 am

        im so excited. it should be here tomorrow. im more worried that I will disappoint the new guitar but Im going to go for it anyway.

      • Pinski

        Member
        June 16, 2022 at 9:04 am

        It’s going to look great, smell great and sound great in your hands. You won’t be able to resist picking it up every day. Mine has made remarkably few snarky comments about my playing. Congratulations and here’s hoping your HD-28 is as supporting of your efforts as mine has been!

      • Skyman

        Member
        June 16, 2022 at 10:49 am

        Please post pictures. I can’t wait to see it. Don’t worry about disappointing your new guitar. You will both grow together as you play. That guitar is the cat’s meow.

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        June 16, 2022 at 12:06 pm

        Hey Denise ( @Cadgirl ), before you buy the 12 string, think about the body size. Most of them are dreadnought body size and shape. There are some smaller bodied 12s that are very expensive. Taylor and Collings make smaller ones, but their cost is equivalent to Martins. The lest expensive 12 I found that is smaller than a dread is the Breedlove Solo 12 string for $800 and it’s still a grand auditorium size. But I have been able to adjust to it, although I can’t play it as long as my other guitars.

        MG 😀

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        June 16, 2022 at 12:41 pm

        Thanks for thinking of me @MikeGaurnier . I made sure of size first thing. This guitar is a grand concert size, same size as my 6 string. I was looking at this guitar about 6 months ago. So I know the feel, sound and the ease of playing. But, I thought for a used guitar it was a little steep in price. The one I bought just went on the market for $2000 (used) and in excellent condition. Full price was $3000. I thought that $1000 off, was fair to me. Electric and with a cutout. Taylor 562ce, Tony just had it on his Acoustic Tuesday show a few weeks back. The store is giving me 45 days to make sure I love it or bring it right back. I’ve been looking but most are so dang big. I’ll post pictures when it comes in. I should get it Tuesday coming up (6-21).

      • Mrfredsporty

        Member
        June 16, 2022 at 2:18 pm

        Wow

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        June 17, 2022 at 12:07 pm

        Yeah, that’s one of the few that have the smaller body, Denise (@Cadgirl ). But it’s also one of the expensive ones in my book. My most expensive guitar is my 12 string at $800. And I have 2 that cost $700. To me, that’s a pretty high end guitarsenal. 😂

        I’m glad for you, Denise. You have the best of both worlds. You have a used guitar for a 1/3 off the original price, and you have the 45 day return policy. You’ll find that a used guitar is better, not less good, if you still have that return policy. A number of my guitars I bought used, including my highest quality guitar that I paid $700 for but it has all solid wood, which doesn’t happen under $1000 even from the Japanese builders. There are so many guitars out there that people have bought but hardly played and they finally sell them. There is nothing wrong with them. And even the ones that have been played, there is almost nothing that can’t be fixed on a guitar.

        I hope that you like it and have a ton of fun. The 12 string is another way to improve as a guitar player. It will make your fretting more precise.

        Have fun.

        MG 😀

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        June 17, 2022 at 3:56 pm

        @MikeGaurnier I had a 12 string years ago. It was hard to play and i was afraid of getting another 12 that I didn’t like. I watched a review that Tony did on 12 strings a couple of months ago, then another just a couple of weeks ago. He was showing off the smaller 12 string Taylor 562. Just happened I was able to try out a couple them from neighborhood stores. I was very impressed. They have a softer sound which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But….. it’s electric. So I can make it louder if I want (if I had a speaker). Yeah, I know pricy. That was hard to get around but, the 45 day guarantee cinched the deal for me. I’ll tell you how it turns out.

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        June 18, 2022 at 11:22 am

        It sounds like this guitar was just for you, Denise @Cadgirl . I’m really happy for you. The reviews say it plays easily and is very different from other 12 string guitars. I’m sure you will have a lot of fun with it.

        MG 😀

  • Mrfredsporty

    Member
    June 16, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Great replies from everyone! Thanks so much .

  • Kristin1

    Member
    June 18, 2022 at 9:18 am

    One more aspect: the guitar easiest to play is not automatically the best guitar on ones guitar journey 🙂.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      June 18, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      True for sure

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