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Martin 000-28VS Vintage Guitar - Review

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Model: Martin 000-28VS Vintage Series

Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-12 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16'' Braces, Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4'' Tone Bars
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: HD ZigZag
Did Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone
Side Inlay: none
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Modified V
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Slotted/Square Slots/Diamond/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Small Old Style
Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4"
# Of Frets Clear: 12
# Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width @ Nut: 1-13/16"
Fingerboard Width @ 12th Fret: 2-5/16"
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamond and Squares- Short Pattern
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back and Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner ; Sunburst available at additional cost.
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Pyramid w/ Drop-In Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16"
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Long Bone
Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel Side Mounts w/ Butterbean Knobs
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
Pickguard: none
Case: 535 Geib style


List Price: $4,599 (incl. Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Martin 000-28VS Martin 000-28VS Acoustic Guitar Guitar

The Martin 000-28VS Vintage Series Acoustic Guitar

This beauty features a solid East Indian rosewood body with a solid Sitka spruce top. The fretboard and bridge are black ebony. Vintage appointments include a slotted headstock which gives the guitar more snap, and such details as the old-style small logo, zigzag purfling on the back, butterbean tuner keys, herringbone top inlay, and diamond and squares fingerboard markers. Impeccably crafted in every detail, its tone is rich and balanced through all registers. Includes Martin hardshell case.

Martin 000-28VS Vintage Series Acoustic Guitar $4,599.00

Martin 000-28VS Acoustic Guitar Features:
    Solid Sitka spruce top
    Solid East Indian back and sides
    Solid Ebony fretboard and bridge
    25.4" scale length
    Diamond and squares fretboard inlays
    Limited lifetime warranty
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Martin 000-28VS Side
Martin 000-28VS Back
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Martin 000-28VS Fretboard
Martin 000-28VS Headstock

Features: 8.5

The Martin 000-28VS is a fingerpickers dream. I love the look and feel of this guitar. The sound that it puts out is pure fingerstyle - mellow and well projected.

The VS stands for Vintage Series on this guitar. Martin has reached back to their roots to produce this guitar and they have called in all the old styles and techniques to produce this fine toned guitar.

With the East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, the volume is very well balanced on the fine guitar. The Sitka Spruce top also helps in the excellent projection that this guitar has

I could sit and play this guitar all day long and not get tired of it at all. The sound is mellow, rich and the volume is just right..

Sound Production: 9.5

The Martin 000-28VS has an incredible sound. I love how well balanced it is. This is due, in part to the scalloped bracing that Martin has introduced with this model. This is a technique from their pre-war guitar making days that was discarded in the late 1040's and now has renewed interest.

Couple the bracing techniques with the wood selections and you wind up with a well balanced guitar that will give you subtle tones for those soft fingerstyle passages or your can belt out a Travis style song as well.

Action: 9.0

Good as delivered, I love how the Martin 000-28VS was set up. As I almost require, I would lower the strings at the nut just a bit. But this was a very minor change.

I could easily handle the bar chords and difficult fingerpicking passages with the way this guitar was setup.

Intonation and harmonics were "right-on" and this indicated no need to adjust the saddle end of the strings.

Durability: 9.0

The Martin 000-28VS is very solid and well made. This guitar does not feel frail in the least bit. The top is solid and will withstand the tension from medium gauge strings very well.

Please, do NOT put heavy gauge strings on this guitar.

This guitar was put together in a humidity controlled atmosphere and you should keep it in that same type of atmosphere to minimize cracking or wood movement. A good humidifier for your room or home and guitar case is essential to minimize repair bills.

Be sure to visit our page on Guitar Humidity Control for detail information of keeping your guitar in tip-top shape during the dry winter months.

Customer Service: 10.0

Be sure to register your Martin 000-28VS. If you treat your guitar right you will be able to keep it in great playing condition for a long time.

The biggest enemy of a hollow body acoustical guitar is the lack or the excess of humidity in the air. If you develop problems, a Martin repair center will take care of you.

Overall Score: 9.2

The Martin 000-28VS is one of the best known and most appreciated 12-Fret 000 guitars of all time.

While the Dreadnought Body is most popular in bluegras circles, the 000 is very popular as a parlor guitar or for straight out fingerpicking.

Even though I do like the sound and feel of a wide-necked Dreadnought, it is hard to match the overtones and volume that you can get out of the Martin 000-28VS.

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Martin 000-28VS Guitar Plan

I love this guitar so much that I've introduced an Martin-Style 000-28VS Ultimate Guitar Plan based on the Martin 000-28V. It will be the 000 size body, 12 fret neck, 25.4" scale, slotted peghead, scalloped top bracing and same brace configuration as the Martin.

The only difference is the neck will be a bit wider to be a bit more fingerstyle friendly. if you prefer the Martin style neck, not a problem.

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