!!! WOW !!!
Ken, your having a Merry Christmas just got Merrier, with your new "Martin Suburst" Guitar. What a beauty !!!
May you always enjoy playing it in the best of health.
Whenever somebody I like gets something real nice....
=> It's Music To My Ears !!! (pardon the pun/hahaha)
So whether it's Ken Laing (CEO of Kingston Crossroads) or Rick Daly (CEO of Folk U.S.A.)....
you guys deserve the best there is, because of your dedication to The Kingston Trio and Folk Music, etc...
ps: one of my favourite "guitar" songs by The Kingston Trio:
VIVA EL NEW GUITAR / NUMERO UNO / BEST REGARDS / STAY WELL / KEEP SAFE
>>> STRING ALONG & FOLK ON <<<
Wow Ken! Enjoy it and play it in good health! What a great Christmas present! I'm still trying to decide what to buy myself for Christmas, besides today's plumbers bill for frozen pipes in our vacant second floor apartment!
I received my 2020 Martin HD-28 1935 Sunburst Finish on December 11, 2020. The "1935" designation describes the year 1935 Martin sunburst finish pattern. Although I've had several HD-28s over the years, this is my first-ever Martin Sunburst in any model and I'm very pleased with its appearance!
Craftsmanship: Craftsmanship is flawless but some polish was left around portions of the bridge/top interface and around the fingerboard/top interface. Also, there's a bit of polish on the inner edges of the soundhole. All this is moot as a damp cloth and a bit of rubbing will quickly remove this residue.
Setup: As perfect a setup as can be had given its factory-installed Martin Authentic medium-gauge strings. I can dig in quite hard and it stays clean without buzzing.
Tone: Given its reimagined-model feature of forward-shifted, scalloped bracing, this probably sounds better than any of the previous six HD-28s I've owned, and they were all wonderful sounding. This Sunburst has clean fundamentals without any underlying "boing/sproing" overtones that can accompany some fundamentals. The notes and chords blossom into glorious rosewood overtones and when you give this ax a good hit with a flat pick, the whole guitar vibrates with chest-thumping goodness!
This is a keeper Martin HD-28 and I love its sunburst finish for being different than the others I've had.
Thanks For Looking In & Your Comments Are Welcome!
My Fall 2020 Ensemble: