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Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar looks like it came right out of the history books, and delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year hist...Click To Read More About This Product

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A perfect blend of vintage features and modern technology.

The Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar looks like it came right out of the history books, and delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year history, Martin has set more guitar design trends than can be counted. The company still embraces design techniques introduced many years ago to create their guitars' timeless tone.

Built on a dreadnought platform, the Martin 15 Series D-15M guitar boasts 14 open frets for a unique design and great range of tone. The top, back, and sides are genuine solid mahogany, offering strong guitar tone, with crisp, clear subtleties in each note's definition. One of mahogany's finest qualities is its density. Although it's not the hardest tonewood, it is free of air pockets and other deformities.

The vintage sound produced by the Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar is reminiscent of the Style 15 Martin guitars made popular during the 1940s. The Martin guitar is equipped with a mortise and tennon neck joint, offering the best wood binding practice ever conceived. Often used for shipbuilding, the process fuses two pieces of wood into a single, sturdy unit that stands up to the elements time and time again. The results are evident with the strength in tone and power in projection that you hear with each strum of this Martin acoustic guitar.

The Martin guitar's solid mahogany neck further complements the crisp, defined acoustic sound of this dreadnought. The bridge and fingerboard are solid East Indian rosewood, adding smooth sustain to the mix. The 14 open frets, 1-11/16 in. nut width, 2-1/8" bridge string spacing, and 16 in. radius add comfort for your intricate fingerboard movements.

Other appointments include a single-ring rosette, bone nut, solid/square taper headstock, solid East Indian rosewood headplate, diamonds and square fingerboard inlay, belly-style bridge, nickel open-geared tuning machines with butterbean knobs, and a solid black ebony bridge and end pins. Dressed in a soft satin finish and featuring a Delmar tortoise color pickguard, the Martin D15M guitar glows with classic vintage looks and sound.


Includes a Martin 345 hardshell guitar case.

Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world. 

FEATURES
  • Model: D-15M
  • Construction: Mortise/Tenon neck joint
  • Body size: D-14 fret
  • Top: solid genuine mahogany
  • Rosette: single ring
  • Top bracing pattern: A-frame ''X''
  • Top braces: solid sitka spruce 5/16''
  • Back and sides: solid genuine mahogany
  • Neck: solid genuine mahogany
  • Neck shape: modified low oval
  • Nut material: bone
  • Headstock: solid/square taper
  • Headplate: solid East Indian rosewood
  • Fingerboard material: solid East Indian rosewood
  • Scale length: 25.4''
  • Number of frets clear: 14
  • Number of frets total: 20
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard position inlays: diamonds & squares - short pattern
  • Finish: satin
  • Bridge material: solid East Indian rosewood
  • Bridge style: belly
  • Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' radius/compensated/bone
  • Tuning machines: nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs
  • Recommended strings: Martin Studio Performance Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP4200)
  • Bridge & end pins: solid black ebony
  • Pickguard: delmar tortoise color
  • Case: 345 hardshell

Whether jamming with your buddies or playing for a crowd, Martin's natural acoustic sound stays true. Own a D15M dreadnought guitar today!

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Martin15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Good audio (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Stays in tune (10)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • School bands (3)
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(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin D15 Acoustic

By BoneStorm

from Austin, TX

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Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I am primarily an electric player and the low, easy to finger action on this Martin are very player friendly. Right out of the store it had low action with zero string buzz anywhere on the neck and excellent intonation. Overall this guitar is a fantastic value and the all mahogany body gives it both a unique look and sound with great projection and string to string balance. If you want every dollar to go into the guitar and don't care about flashy inlays, this is the guitar for you.
This is a meat and potatoes guitar. I thought it was ugly when I first saw it but the salesman insisted I try it out. I was instantly hooked becaused it sounded better than Gibsons costing 3 times as much. The power and projection from the relatively small body is loud, accurate, and clear. It's good for fingerpicking as well as strumming. The look of the guitar has grown on me because it really stands out. The build quality is top notch. Plus, it smells like a ceder closet.
Stripped down no frills Martin. It has an extremely high build quality.
Hand made in the USA for this price? You bet. If you care about sound and not about a bunch of mother of pearl inlays, this guitar is a great value for the money.

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tone for Miles

By El Guapo

from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I absolutely love this guitar. I've had it for about a year and a half. I own and have owned much more expensive guitars, but have never owned one that I enjoy more than the D-15M, and it's always the one I reach for first. The tone is just gorgeous, and the quality and appointments are excellent. Obviously the appointments are minimal, in order to keep the price point as low as possible, but there are nevertheless some excellent features on this model, including bone nut and saddle, open-gear tuning machines made by Gotoh (I have the same tuning machines on a custom 000-18, by request, and I think they are fantastic), ebony pins and an inlaid, though simple, rosette. Really a very beautiful guitar, in a minimalist way. And the tone just floors me every time. It's made me a real believer in all-mahogany guitars, and I've absolutely never loved a guitar more than this one. It would be the one I'd grab if I could only rescue one from a house fire. The guitar even SMELLS beautiful. If it were lost or stolen, I'd sell whatever I need to to buy another. And the website photos simply do not do justice to this guitar. One of the best models ever conceived by Martin, in my humble opinion, and an excellent value at the current price.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MIND BLOWING!!!

By welchman

from Austin, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I am compelled..YES compelled to write a review on this masterpiece of an instrument. In all my years of playing I have never been awe struck or even taken back by the pure tone of this brown simple but beautiful looking Martin. I stumbled upon this guitar by accident as I visited my local guitar shop. The look of the guitar makes it stand out from the rest and when I picked it up off the rack something about it was different. Perhaps the light weight or the beautiful smell. The first strum was deep, mellow and crisp. A rich vibration that went straight through my body. You can feel the sustain almost surround you. A 'woody' sound is the best way I can describe it. Pure and lovely woody tone. You can tell it's built of only quality mahogany. My breath was taken away. As I tried different styles from taping to heavy and light strumming to finger picking, this chocolate Martin reached deep into my soul as it responded to everything I asked it to. As I left the shop I was haunted by it. I came back two days later and picked it up. It is now the guitar that I will proudly one day pass on to my son. It is a special instrument in every way. I can't praise Martin enough for the pure quality at a great price and I cannot recommend this tone machine enough. If you are even considering the D15m DO NOT hesitate. Do it and thank me later!

    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An incredible, American instrument.

    By HTSMetal

    from Satan's Armpit, KY

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I've been playing classical, jazz, and fingerstyle guitar for almost 15 years. The fit, finish, and sound of this guitar is absolutely fantastic. Super rich lows, thick mids, and truly sparkling and harmonically unique highs. The guitar arrived from MF in excellent condition -- no need to adjust action at the saddle, or the neck upon arrival. Pulled it out, tuned it up, and it has completely blown me away. The D-15M is an extremely well-crafted American instrument that Martin will stand behind (as long as you're the original owner) for life.

      Not to mention, this thing is an olfactory delight -- smells like a humidor full of spices and chocolate. It really is an experience to play.

      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beyond my expectations

      By ramirezguitar

      from San Francisco, CA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Wanted to get a HD-28 but due to financial constraints decided to get the D-15M; not disappointed getting it; love the deep base sound, love the "strip down" look, love the lightness and comfy feel of it. Enjoying my guitar and will keep playing it for years to come-will not sell it. A great Martin product-solid all around.

        (14 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        had it 3 or 4 years

        By herbert burke (stoney)

        from georgia born in ky

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        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        been playing guitar since 1955 started on old stella dont like frills but do like quality sound this is my main guitar and always will be get it you wont be disapointed

        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ABSOLUTELY AWESOME THE D-15

        By Martin

        from Asheville, NC

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Case
        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Busking
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        This is a Superior Guitar. Probably the lightest guitar on the market. The sound is unlike any other, and the quality is astounding, bone nut and bridge. Not much more to making this a true hot rod muscle guitar. I changed the ebony pins to boxwood, and may get some bone pins yet. I recommend the Martin 92/8 phosphor bronze medium. Medium gage are recommended and the 92/8s are bright at first, but the strings sound much better after breaking in. This guitar flows harmonics naturally, and you can feel the body vibrate when you play. I bought the D-1 custom, switched nut, bridge, and pins to bone and the D-15 is still far superior. Beauty, and aroma are nice, my friend saw it and said, "now that's a bad ride" and that's the truth. This is truly a piece that will be an heirloom. I definitely recommend. The case is super heavy, and the strap that keeps it from swinging open broke immediately. I'd suggest the gator dread case, and with Martin would use that case. Other than that it stands above any guitar I've seen/played.id give it six stars!

        (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Pleased

        By Fred

        from Kansas

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        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Nothing is perfect, but this guitar is close. It is what it is. It's not flashy or shiny. It is just a very honest sounding guitar. If you want a Martin, and you want something a little different, this is your instrument.
        This is a very basic guitar and aside from the pickguard and the headstock veneer there is no more on this guitar than what is required to play. I wish the body was bound, but I am very carefull with my instruments and I doubt I will have any problems.
        The workmanship of this guitar is excellent. Everything fits perfectly and is finished perfectly. I am concerned about the number of "Special" Martins advertised on MF that are not of the highest quality materials or finishes. This, in my opinion is the least costly full quality Martin.
        The price is very good and MF ships for free. The quality and workmanship of the instrument is a very good value and the value of a good quality martin will remain for years in the future.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Mahogany Martin

        By Ivel N.

        from Jamestown ND

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        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I always dreamed of owning a Martin and it took me a while to settle on this one. It has a snappy, warm tone, that doesn't overwhelm you with chinky bright string noise. Nice tight bass makes it great for fingerstyle. Much prefer the sound to a standard solid sitka spruce tone. You can't go wrong here!

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It changed my mind

        By Flatpicker-nl4gV

        from Thompsons Station, TN

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I was always a rosewood man before I recently got this jewel. I never thought I would have a mahogany sided dred and certainly not the top too. This guitar is a cannon ! Strum an open E chord and you can feel the bass in your chest. Even though it is "plainly" appointed, you get nice fingerboard inlays. I challenge you to find a more powerful sounding guitar in this price range or even higher.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        First instrument I fell in love with

        By Chris d15

        from Chicago

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Singer/songwriter from Chicago, pushing 30 year old.. Purchased this guitar in August of 2009, and have recorded over 200 songs with it! about 15 on youtube.. I love the tough, deep gritty sound to this... perfect for my music.. built beautifully. No problems, just need to get rid of some fret buzz now... Martin is now my guitar of choice.. 2nd martin I've owned, and purchasing another martin asap!! Thank you martin :)

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best Martin AT The Lowest Price ?!?!

        By marindavid-8Wwx1

        from Fairfax, CA

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        Pros

        • Best Martin Value
        • Consistent
        • Easy To Barr
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Great Neck Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Absolutely None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I have owned many Martin guitars - including an HD28 and a J40, both of which are far more expensive than this D15 - more expensive but NOT better!
        This is the lowest priced solid-wood guitar in the Martin line and is, in my opinion, the sweetest sounding instrument they make! The best guitar value I have ever seen, heard of - and enjoyed playing!

        (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for the price

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Bought this a couple years ago - didn't think I was going to buy a Martin again. And when I first saw it, I thought, "That's an ugly guitar." But now I love the plain look of it. Besides, it was the tone that really mattered. And in my price range of $1000, it beat out anything else I was playing. The only gripe I have with the one I got is that they cheesed on the tuners -- not as smooth as they should/could be. But for this price, something's gotta give.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Favorite Guitar

        By gvbrown

        from Traverse City, MI

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Classical
          • Fingerstyle
          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I've owned this guitar for over 10 years, and it is still my favorite among all of the others that I have.

          The low end is simply impressive. The tones are rich and deep across the board. The instrument resonates beautifully.

          The feel of the instrument is perfect. It is very light weight, and well made.

          I have had some intonation issues with the instrument over the years, and it requires adjustment occasionally, which would be expected. When it is adjusted properly and tuned spot on, it nearly plays itself.

          Very impressive.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful guitar, beautiful sound

          By Suburban Band Director

          from Annapolis, MD

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I've had my D-15M for a little over two years. I love it. This is the last guitar I ever need to buy. I fingerpick and strum, and it performs well in a number of settings. The sound may not be for everyone -- it is very warm, so someone who likes a bright tone may be disappointed. It's also lightweight and really does smell terrific.

            If you're looking for something a little different, this guitar is definitely worth it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            still lovin this guitar

            By B.W.

            from Salina,Ks.

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              Brad here again. I've had this guitar for about 6 months now and it is still my favorite. I own a few other guitars including a Taylor 810e.I have played other martin guitars but none of them was quite like this guitar. If you haven't played one you really should go to a martin dealer and check it out. To old dawg just a suggestion. I recently had a k@k pure mini pick up put in mine and it is the best sounding pick up I have ever had put in one of my acoustics. I have a feeling Mr. Dawg if you put one in your Martin you might be leaving your Taylor at home. I really cant say enough about this guitar. If you haven't been to your local guitar shop lately I have one thing to say . Go

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful guitar

              By Jim

              from Willows

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                Like most orders from Musician Friend it came in good time and packed well. The guitar has a great smell, it needed a bit of a tune to take the buzz out of the sixth string. After playing for a while the buzz disappeared. The guitar stays in tune and has a clean crisp sound. I finally got an all wood Martin and am really enjoying it.

                 
                5.0

                That Mahogany piece of heaven, my Martin D-15

                By The Tie-Dyed Cowboy

                from Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • ANYTHING
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  My 1999 D-15 is my pride and joy. I've played it in all sorts of settings, she never fails. BUY THIS GUITAR! I can't say it enough.

                   
                  5.0

                  Don't hesitate to buy this Martin!

                  By The Old Dawg On The Porch

                  from The River

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                  Pros

                  • Good action
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune
                  • Understated Elegance
                  • Well Built

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bluegrass!
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    I saw one of these for sale "used" recently. I went to see it, not expecting much. After all I didn't particularly like the D28 I had played. So why would I like a D-15M? Holy cow! This guitar, in spite of being (solid) mahogany sounded great! Not too heavy on the low end but very expressive with a pleasant "voice" and a wider tonal range than my laminated rosewood Taylor 210. And it played great too. Feels very solid and well-built and stays in tune! I still use the Taylor for church gigs 'cause it has a pickup system in it. But around home and camping at Bluegrass Festivals the Martin is my go-to guitar. I think most folks will like this guitar and, oh yes, its half the price of a D-28. Hmmm....

                     
                    5.0

                    great guitar

                    By B.W.

                    from Salina,Ks.

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      I own a Taylor 810 and this guitar really holds its own. I read all the reviews about this guitar and all the positive reviews were absolutely right. This guitar has a beautiful, warm sound to it. This is the first time I've ever bought a guitar without playing it first. I am not sorry one bit. I suggest to anyone looking for a guitar around 1,200 to strongly check this guitar out. I love mine.

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