Martin's Standard Series D-28 has a distinctly vintage vibe, signaled by the faux tortoiseshell celluloid pickguard, open-back tuners, off-white binding and a very light amber toner to the spruce top. The neck is 1 3/4" wide at the nut, giving the fingers of your left hand a bit more room. Beneath the hood, the X pattern top bracing is "forward shifted," like the early 1930s Martin Dreadnoughts, but the braces are tapered, not scalloped, like D-28s made in the 1950s. This is a top bracing combination Martin hasn't used before, and while it gives a more robust bottom end than the earlier standard D-28, it has more clarity in the treble and sounds distinctively different from its herringbone-trimmed brother, the HD-28. This is a well-balanced guitar that works well in just about any musical setting you find yourself in.