Martin D-28 Rich Robinson review

The Black Crowes guitarist's signature dreadnought is a time-capsule piece that is steeped in Martin's storied history and pays tribute to Robinson's father – and it is a doozy

Martin D-28 Rich Robinson
(Image: © Martin)

Guitar World Verdict

The Martin Guitar D-28 Rich Robinson is an incredibly accurate recreation of Robinson’s father’s acoustic that has all the mojo of a vintage ’50s dreadnought.


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    Powerful, complex voice.

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    Looks authentically vintage.

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    Rearward-shifted, non-scalloped bracing balances tone and boosts volume.


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    It doesn't come cheap.

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You could say that signature guitars are akin to vanity plates for an artist. Some are fun and evocative, while others serve individual expression. But after coming across the Martin Guitar D-28 Rich Robinson, I knew this signature guitar was something entirely different. 

When I asked the founding member of the Black Crowes what the impetus was behind it, he said, “I wish I had a great Martin like this, but I’m not taking my dad’s on tour…” 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.