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Martin Guitar D-28

t can't be easy tinkering with a stone-solid legend. But Martin Guitar's new D-28 2017 tweaks the D-28 form with impressive results. The wider 1 3/4" nut width and performance taper neck are significant deviations from tradition, but the guitar feels fantastic and plays beautifully with all the punch you'd expect from a Martin Dread. This model will exist alongside the standard D-28, so purists need not fear. But this newest iteration is looking like a winner in every way. Look for a street price around $2,599

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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Playing in the pocket is the most important thing in music. Just think about how we talk about great music: It's "grooving" or "swinging" or "rocking." Nobody ever says, "I really enjoyed their use of inverted suspended triads," or "their application of large-interval pentatonic sequences was fascinating." So, whether you're playing live or recording, time is everyone's responsibility, and you must develop your ability to play in the pocket.
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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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