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Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought is an affordable, solid wood acoustic guitar, backed by a heritage of over 175 years of skilled building excellen...Click To Read More About This Product

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The return of an American original.

The Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought is an affordable, solid wood acoustic guitar, backed by a heritage of over 175 years of skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Constructed from solid tonewoods including a Sitka spruce top, bookmatched sapele back and sides, as well as an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, the 1-Series D-1 guitar creates that legendary rich and commanding Martin sound that guitarists everywhere have come to know and love. This dreadnought guitar comes equipped with Martin SP strings for great long-lasting tone and sustain, as well as a hard-shell case for protection and security.

Responding to challenging economic times, Martin has created the 1-Series to deliver legendary Martin quality and tone at a more accessible price.

Solid Sitka spruce top
Bookmatched sapele back and sides
East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Martin SP strings
Model: D-1
Label: Paper Label w/ Model Name
Construction: 1 Style; Ply Blocks; Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Sitka Spruce
Top Braces: Sitka/X1 Style/Scalloped
Pattern: D 14 Fret #101a
Bridge Plate: Maple
Side Brace: Sitka Spruce
Top Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
Top Inlay: .0325'' B/W Boltaron (White Against Binding)
Rosette: Style 28; First Cut @ 4.188''
Pickguard: Black, Pattern 1 (D28 Style)
Back: Solid Sapele
Back Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
Sides: Solid Sapele
Endpiece: Black Boltaron
Neck: Rust Stratabond
Neck Shape: Mod Low Oval
Headstock: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper
Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable 356mm
Heelcap: Black Boltaron
Nut: White Corian
Headplate: Indian Rosewood Pattern Hpl Texture Finish W/ Printed Logo
Tuning Machines: Ping Chrome- 18:1 Ratio w/ Small Knobs (Drill Y Step)
Fingerboard: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Radius: 16''
Scale Length: 25.470''
Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
Width At 12 Fret: 2-1/8''
Fret Wire: Standard
Fret Slot: .020''
Frets Clear: 14
Total Frets: 20
Pearl Inlay: Style 28
Side Dots: White Boltaron
Side Dot Position: One At 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, Two At 12th, One At 15th & 17th Frets
Finish Body Package: Catalyzed Satin/ Dark Filler/Med. Cherry Stain
Finish Top: Catalyzed Satin
Bridge: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Style: 1 Style Belly
String Spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Electronics: None
Strings: MSP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze
Bridge Pins: White w/ Black Dots
End Pin: White w/ Black Dot
Case: 345

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Adam -alXKz

from Ontario

I purchased this guitar about 4 months ago and i have allowed myself to play it and experience it before i wrote a review.To me this guitar is perfect, i love the simplicity, just spruce and mahogany, but if your into fancy AAA curly, birdseye, flamed or anything else this is not for you.I also love the finish, its not sticky, it looks nice, and it breaks in really quick, i've played it everyday for 4 months and you can already tell, this is good to me because i like beat up looking guitars but for someone who doesn't, it'll be tough to keep it "pretty"As far as sound goes, i have no idea why martin would sell a guitar that sounds like this for under $4000.00... I played this and gibson hummingbirds amongst other things and you get much much more than what you pay for.The playability is just perfect, i feel as though this guitar was built for me.I gave this guitar a 4.5 because even though its perfect for me, i can see how other people would find flaws.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


was my first martin

By Former d-1 owner

from Michigan

When I was in college I went to Elderly Instruments in Lansing Michigan and bought a D-1. They just came out with this model and I was very excited that I could own a true Martin for only $650.Spent countless hours playing on it but eventually traded it in for a standard series because I didn't really like the satin finish when compared to the gloss. Selling it was a big mistake. I occasionally wonder where that guitar is now and just hope it is appreciated. Since then, I've bought a d-40, d-42, vintage d-18, and a 000 clapton model but that D-1 had the most sentimental value for me.I'm now thinking of getting another one but wish I could track down and re-buy "Vera Lynn".

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


D-1 Review-5 out of 5

By Corey Lee

from Philly

When i went to Guitar Center 2 egt a new guitar i made sure to play everything in my price range. I knew i wantd a Martin because no othr acoustic compares except maybe Taylo-However i hate Taylors so they were completely out of the question. Anyways though-When i pickd up this guitar i honestly couldnt believ how cheap it was . I have been playing for quite some time now and am pretty efficient and i def can immediatley tell which ugitars play better very quickly after strummin em'. This guitar is very very comfortable. A lot of Martins that arent the best of the best models howveer strill very pricey sound INCREDIBLE, yet still are a bit rough to play and have action that makes it hard to really rip it without really having to best each bend and barred chord. But this one is wonderful. It really plays like a much more expensive Martin and rreflects ther precision and attention to detail extremely well. I give it a 5 out of 5. It plays so so well and if you can afford a martin i think this is the best one below the 28's, and actually feels very similar to the d-28 in comfort and playibility. Very valuable for the price and a guitar i will keep forever. Thius guitar also is actually a re issue of a similar model that was released duriong the great depression and since our economy is yet again in the crapper-they have re released the 1 series. AMAZINGGGG!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


After You

By LoveMyMartin-YJzRf

from Michigan

This guitar is awesome. Ive owned mine for close to 10 years and it sounds true as day one. This was my upgrade guitar and first acoustic and I still find it the only one I pick up this day on a regular basis. I would recommend a D1 to anyone who's ready to take their play to the next level. Awesome value for the cost. A real Martin.


Awesome Bluegrass Guitar

By Jerry in Arizona

from Central Arizona

After 57 years of playing country and Bluegrass music I finally bought this D1 Martin as a birthday gift for myself.... plays like a dream ...high quality craftsmanship....excellent cant ask for better, especially for the price.


Needs a solid wood neck...

By musicman-EnDIp

from Virginia

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This is a real nice guitar. Nice warm sound that is loud enough for a bluegrass jam. sound is nice and balanced. My hand seems to get a little tired playing this guitar. The guitar would be perfect (imo) with a solid neck such as mahogany even if the price was 50-100 more. Guitar really seems to be opening up nice. A good buy.


Martin D-1

By Eddie Parent

from Pocahontas,Ar 72455

My first, but not last Martin guitar. I bought this guitar in January and I really think it is the perfect guitar for the price, most of all it stays in tune.You can be shure that Quality is #1, with these guitars.

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