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Martin 15 Series D15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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The Martin D15M 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...Read More

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A perfect blend of vintage features and modern technology.

The Martin D15M 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 D15M 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 D15M 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 2 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" nut width, 2-1/8" bridge string spacing, and 16" 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

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 D15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
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    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

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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 D15M 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.

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    5.0

    still lovin this guitar

    By BW

    from Kansas

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    Verified Reviewer

    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 D15M 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

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      5.0

      Don't hesitate to buy this Martin!

      By The Old Dawg On The Porch

      from River City

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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 D15M 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....

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        5.0

        great guitar

        By BW

        from Kansas

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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 D15M 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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          5.0

          My Favorite Guitar

          By gvbrown

          from Traverse City, MI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Classical
            • Fingerstyle
            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin 15 Series D15M 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.

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            (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 D15M 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.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Best Martin AT The Lowest Price ?!?!

              By marindavid-8Wwx1

              from Fairfax, CA

              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 D15M 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!

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              (16 of 16 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 D15M 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!

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                (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An incredible, American instrument.

                By HTSMetal

                from Satan's Armpit, KY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin 15 Series D15M 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.

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                  (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  ABSOLUTELY AWESOME THE D-15

                  By Marty

                  from Asheville

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  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 D15M 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!

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