Gibson Hummingbird VS Martin D-28: What are the differences?
Electronics, aesthetics, and some of the tonewood.
There are no quality issues with either guitar and both even have some historical street cred. I think the D-28 is a little warmer, while the Hummingbird is more balanced. But since both are a traditional dreadnought with no cutaway, you're getting a heavier more "strum-friendly" tone either way. It's also important to note that the Hummingbird has an LR Baggs acoustic pickup and preamp, while the D-28 has no electronics.
|Number of Strings
|Square Shoulder Dreadnought
|Back & Sides Wood
|East Indian Rosewood
|Heritage Cherry Sunburst
|Forward Shifted X brace
|Modified Low Oval, High Performance Taper
|Number of Frets
|Nickel open gear
|LR Baggs VTC Under Saddle Pickup
|Martin Lifespan 2.0 92/8 Phosphor Bronze, .013-.056
Compare the Price of Both Acoustics
Price updated Thu, February 29th, 2024.
5 Major Differences Between the Hummingbird and D28
- Gibson Hummingbird Original: Solid mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, select mahogany neck, and select rosewood fretboard.
- Martin D-28: Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, and a select hardwood neck with an ebony fretboard.
- Gibson Hummingbird Original: Classic square shoulder dreadnought.
- Martin D-28: Traditional dreadnought
- Gibson Hummingbird Original: LR Baggs Element VTC active acoustic pickup system.
- Martin D-28: No onboard electronics (would need to be mic'd for a recording or amplification.
Inlays and Ornamentation:
- Gibson Hummingbird Original: Mother-of-Pearl parallelogram and crown inlays, gold tuning hardware, and a pickguard engraved with hummingbird and blossoms.
- Martin D-28: Mother-of-Pearl Dot inlays, vintage appointments, including open-gear tuners, aged toner top, antique white accents, and a faux tortoise pickguard.
Neck Profile and Radius:
- Gibson Hummingbird Original: Rounded neck shape, 12" radius on the fretboard.
- Martin D-28: Modified Low Oval, High Performance Taper neck shape, 16" radius on the fretboard.
Gibson or Martin? Which one?
When you get into this price range, you aren't going to have any corners cut or quality issues. Both guitars are made entirely of solid tonewood and they play a similar vintage, dreadnought style.
The LR Baggs preamp is definitely something to keep in mind, because it's contributing to the additional cost in the Hummingbird. Plus, some players would prefer to not have any electronics in an acoustic guitar in this price range.
Aesthetics are also going to have a role.
Personally, I like the more traditional look of the D-28. But if you want something more artistic, the Hummingbird is the better option.
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