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A rare model returns to Martin’s Standard Series.

by Teja Gerken
February 20, 2017

Martin’s 00-size body has been used for many of its models, but after the company’s switch from 12-fret necks to 14-fret necks in the early 1930s, 00s were rarely built with rosewood backs and sides. Martin built thousands of the more affordable 00-17s, 00-18s, and a few other models, but only a relatively small number of 00-28s. Now Martin is giving the instrument another chance by adding a 00-28 to its Standard Series.

The 00-28 is built with Indian rosewood back and sides and a Sitka spruce top, and has the white body binding, black and white purfling and rosette, and pearl-dot position markers that are typical of style-28 instruments. With their small bodies and short scales, 00s are known for their excellent playing comfort, and the 00-28 is no exception. The guitar has Martin’s “modified low-oval” neck profile, which, combined with a 1¾-inch nut and the company’s “high-performance taper,” leads to great playability everywhere on the neck.

The guitar has a beautifully balanced sound with a robust bottom-end that belies its small size. The 00-28 was a lot of fun to fingerpick, and it also sounded great with a flatpick, making it well-suited to players looking for a versatile, traditional-sounding, small-body flattop.

SPECS: 14-fret 00-size body. Solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped X-bracing. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Select hardwood neck with dovetail joint. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. 24.9-inch scale. 1¾-inch nut width. 2⁵/₃₂-inch string spacing at the saddle. Open-gear tuning machines. Made in the USA. $3,599 (list). Martinguitar.com


Category: Instruments & Gear

Comments and Discussion

Posted by Jim Crowe on
Similar. I think yours will have a slightly deeper body. Also the Martin Standard series starts at 18. So anything lower than this (15,16,17) doesn't have the usual standard series features. This is mainly the nitro gloss finish, ebony finger board and the full traditional Martin dove tail neck joint.

Martin simply do not make a bad sounding guitar. They range from great to incredible. In my experience the X series,15,16 and 17 sound between great and amazing, depending on the individual guitar. The standard series sound between amazing and incredible.
Posted by Jeffrey Minor on
I have an 00-16DBR woman in music is this pretty much the same accept the nut width ?
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