2014 Martin HD28V Vintage Sunburst

The Blue Book Says:
MARTIN HD-28V(R)
– dreadnought body style, solid Sitka spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, standard “X” scalloped forward shifted bracing, round soundhole with Style 28 three-stripe rosette (5/9/5 grouping), grained ivoroid binding, bold herringbone top inlay, B/W boltaron back inlay, zigzag pattern back purfling, select hardwood neck, 14/20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl diamond and square inlays, rosewood headstock overlay with raised gold foil logo, three-per-side Gotoh nickel open-geared tuners with butterbean knobs, vintage ebony belly bridge with drop-in long saddle, white bridge pins with tortoise dots, beveled tortoise pickguard, Natural polished gloss finish with Aging Toner top, 25.4 in. scale, mfg. 1996-present.

Before 1996 and before the Vintage Series was created, this model existed as the Custom HD-28 (See Standard Dreadnought Series). The R was dropped from the HD-28VR designation after 1998 and called the HD-28V from 1999 to the present.

D-28
– dreadnought body style, solid spruce top, Brazilian rosewood (1931-1969) or Indian rosewood (1969-present) back and sides, round soundhole with three stripe rosette (5/9/5 grouping), ivoroid (1931-1966) or non-grained white (1966-present) body binding, herringbone top purfling (1931-1947) or six-ply top inlay with white outer layer (1947-present)three-ply back binding with ivoroid (1931-1966) or non-grained white (1966-present)outer layer, zigzag (1931-1946), narrow chainlink (1947), or wide chainlink (1948-present) back stripe, 12/20-fret (earliest models only) or 14/20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl slotted diamond inlays (1931-1946) or pearl dot inlays (1946-present), three-per-side chrome tuners, ebony bridge with white bridge pins and black dots, tortoise (1934-1966) or black (1966-present) pickguard, available in Natural finish, 25.4 in. scale, mfg. 1931-present.
Additional reading:
Acoustic Guitar April – 2010 (page 98) – by Jim Baggett 1932 D-28
Acoustic Guitar April – 2012 (page 90) – by Derek See 1965 Martin D-28

I Say:

This is a beautiful acoustic, resonant and beautiful.  The Herringbone inlays and zig zag back inlay just at that “Little bit”  of something special – without becoming very “glitzy.”

There are a few minor bumps some light “buckle rash” on the rear, but there is nothing unsightly or damaging.

The shop tags are still in the neck pocket of the case.  The case is in good condition, as shown in the pictures.