MARTIN CLEARANCE SALE!
The HD-28E Retro is a modern re-creation of the classic herringbone
Dreadnought. Channeling legends like Hank Williams, this guitar carries a
distinct prestige that can only come from the Retro Series collection.
F. Martin & Co. is inviting musicians to take a trip back in time
with the introduction of a groundbreaking guitar technology available in
the new four-piece Retro Series: D-18E Retro, D-45E Retro, HD-28E
Retro, and OM-28E Retro. Paying homage stylistically and sonically to
the iconic classic Martin guitars of the 1930’s and 40’s, this series
features traditional non-cutaway Martin guitars incorporating
significant advancements in plugged-in sound reproduction. The series
exquisitely captures a sought-after sound, melding traditional models
with state-of-the-art technology, and will appeal to musicians and
guitar aficionados alike.
Martin designers dove back into the
rich history residing in the Martin museum and chose world-class
examples to use as “tone donors.” These guitars include a 1942 D-45, a
1941 D-28, a 1937 D-18 and a 1934 000-28 (long-scale) on loan from
Vintage Instruments. Each of these guitars possesses unique tonal
characteristics that can be attributed to the passing of time. The
premise was to convince the new guitars into electronically behaving as
if they were the museum guitars.
Developing the new Retro Series
electronic foundation, Fishman electronically infused the essence of the
museum instruments into the newly created Martin counterparts, a new
technology for both companies. To build upon this “vintage-conditioned”
sound, Martin Guitar teamed up with Fishman and Grammy Award -winning
producer Bill VornDick at his historic Mountainside Studios in Nashville
for a multi-step process. They utilized VornDick’s private collection
of rare vintage and boutique microphones, many of which date back to the
30’s and are iconic recording industry microphones. This collection
adds unique coloring to the plugged-in sound, reminiscent of the first
microphones these museum guitars would have ever encountered in the
professional recording studio.
The Retro series instruments are
vintage in appearance but will have enhanced playability including a
modern “High Performance Neck™” taper and modified low oval profile.
They will all have the new Fishman F1 Aura + electronics system
featuring “Easy Mode” with three pre-blended mic/pickup presets and all
of the programmability and tweakability of the original F1 Aura in
“Performance Mode. “