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The traditional Martin D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is part of the 16 series of guitars, which incorporate modern guitar specifications with the famous Martin quality and sound. Quality-built with a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Micarta fretboard and bridge, and hybrid D1 bracing. Features numerous deluxe appointments such as wood herringbone rosette, black binding, tortoise pickguard, chrome-enclosed tuners, and a natural gloss-top finish. Limited lifetime warranty. Includes Martin hardshell case.

Deluxe appointments, solid woods, and gorgeous gloss top!

FEATURES
  • Dreadnought body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Solid Spanish cedar neck
  • Micarta fretboard and bridge
  • Herringbone rosette
  • Hybrid D1 bracing pattern
  • Nut width 1-11/16"
  • 25.4" scale neck
  • 20 frets
  • Includes hardshell case

Taste the best of both worlds with this unique Martin guitar. Order today!

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Martin16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What a great guitar!

I was in the market for a new acoustic in the one thousand range. I was really leaning toward a Taylor 214ce. I tried one out and thought it didn't feel right and it...Read complete review

I was in the market for a new acoustic in the one thousand range. I was really leaning toward a Taylor 214ce. I tried one out and thought it didn't feel right and it was a little bright. I then tried a Taylor 314ce and realized where the six hundred price difference came from. I was out of my price range.
I then went to another guitar shop looking for a used Taylor when I came upon a Martin DX1RAE and I laughed, because I hated Martin guitars. I played several martins over my 25 years of playing and they were the hardest guitars I ever played. I figured a 5 year old could cut out a slab of wood and put some strings on it and it would be an easier instrument to play than a Martin. My ex-wife talked me into buying a Martin in 2006 (brand new all mahogany paid twelve hundred out the door) and I sold it a month later for eight hundred. Couldn't stand the effort I had to put into playing the dang thing. So, yeah I was going to prove to myself once again what a joke Martins are.
I picked up that five hundred and fifty priced Martin and played it. I was very surprised at the ease of playing. I couldn't believe what had happened. I picked up a Martin DX1AE and it played like butter as well. I knew I was on the right track and the sound was 20 times better than the Taylor. Yep, the butterflies in my stomach really had my heart racing. I wanted that sound and playability, but could not stand the looks of the stratabond neck and the Mahogany Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish. I didn't think it would hold up very well.
So, after much research I noticed the Martin D-16GT offered everything I was looking for, especially the modified low oval neck, solid wood and in my price range, I got mine for eleven hundred forty nine skins. The price has gone up a little. I wasn't able to try one out, but knew this would be everything the DX1RAE was plus a whole lot more. I ordered it online and when it arrived I was the happiest man in town. This guitar sounds so good. I have played out and guitar players ask me what kind of guitar I'm playing, because it sounds so good. When I tell them it is a Martin the answer is usually something along the line of "yep, you can tell". I've put over 250 hours of playing on this guitar in the last 9 months, I bought it in June 2014. This is the best acoustic guitar I have ever owned or played for that matter. It looks great, it feels great, it plays great and it sounds great!!!!!!! Now, I wanna go try out a D-28 to see how it holds up to the D-16GT. I just don't see how it can get much better. I am very surprised and extremely pleased with my Martin D-16GT!

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Not impressed

I just traded for a D-16GT, mine has a pickup in it. It sounds decent on an amp, but acousticaly it is weak. The action was high, but I fixed that....Read complete review

I just traded for a D-16GT, mine has a pickup in it. It sounds decent on an amp, but acousticaly it is weak. The action was high, but I fixed that. I'm a Martin fan, but not impressed with this one. I have a Blueridge 180 that plays and sounds like a high end Martin. It's in the same price range, but more guitar.

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5.0

Nice mid-range cost and quality Martin!

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from Tulsa, OK

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Great mid-range Martin. Nothing fancy, but great time and feel. Will be putting LR Baggs pickup in it to play live. A little saddened that there is a lot of man-made materials used, but not where it's important to tone.

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    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    It's just ok

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    from Jupiter, FL

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    Pros

    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Martin should get credit for thinking about the environment and making their guitars with less wood and some partially synthetic material like the rich lite bridge and fretboard. However, the tone is only a hint of what a real Martin sounds like. The action has to stay high so that you get chord projection which makes it an effort to play. My Blueridge 000 guitar makes considerably more sound than this guitar which makes no sense. Sides and back are very light so I'm not sure why. I think the necks are screwed in on these models which might be a part of the problem. It does have a dark Martin like sound with an emphasis on more bass than highs however the sound is faint to me. I wonder if the guitar performed better it would have subscribed me to the Martin sound. At first I though my Taylor was too bright. Now I'm understanding that this one is simply dull in my opinion. In all fairness It could come down to a personal choice at the end. But for me the definition of an affordable guitar is one that costs half as much as this one. The price has gone up 30% in the last two years and continues to rise. I don't think that's right either. The tuners are of mixed quality too. Tensioned differently and a couple made noises as if they're defective. In my opinion you're paying 50% more for the Martin name on the head-stock. It's unfortunate that you have to pay four grand for a Martin that sounds good and made well I presume. Anything under that level is just to give you a hint of what a Martin is. Either way the prices are too high and this one is made in the US so for all of those people who think that's an answer this one leaves some questions. The good news is that MF stands behind their product so if you're like me there's an option to get a different brand. A lot of hype with Martin products in my opinion. It does look ok and the gloss finish is nice but that's not enough for me.

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      5.0

      What a great guitar!

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      from Willow Wood, OH

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I was in the market for a new acoustic in the one thousand range. I was really leaning toward a Taylor 214ce. I tried one out and thought it didn't feel right and it was a little bright. I then tried a Taylor 314ce and realized where the six hundred price difference came from. I was out of my price range.
          I then went to another guitar shop looking for a used Taylor when I came upon a Martin DX1RAE and I laughed, because I hated Martin guitars. I played several martins over my 25 years of playing and they were the hardest guitars I ever played. I figured a 5 year old could cut out a slab of wood and put some strings on it and it would be an easier instrument to play than a Martin. My ex-wife talked me into buying a Martin in 2006 (brand new all mahogany paid twelve hundred out the door) and I sold it a month later for eight hundred. Couldn't stand the effort I had to put into playing the dang thing. So, yeah I was going to prove to myself once again what a joke Martins are.
          I picked up that five hundred and fifty priced Martin and played it. I was very surprised at the ease of playing. I couldn't believe what had happened. I picked up a Martin DX1AE and it played like butter as well. I knew I was on the right track and the sound was 20 times better than the Taylor. Yep, the butterflies in my stomach really had my heart racing. I wanted that sound and playability, but could not stand the looks of the stratabond neck and the Mahogany Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish. I didn't think it would hold up very well.
          So, after much research I noticed the Martin D-16GT offered everything I was looking for, especially the modified low oval neck, solid wood and in my price range, I got mine for eleven hundred forty nine skins. The price has gone up a little. I wasn't able to try one out, but knew this would be everything the DX1RAE was plus a whole lot more. I ordered it online and when it arrived I was the happiest man in town. This guitar sounds so good. I have played out and guitar players ask me what kind of guitar I'm playing, because it sounds so good. When I tell them it is a Martin the answer is usually something along the line of "yep, you can tell". I've put over 250 hours of playing on this guitar in the last 9 months, I bought it in June 2014. This is the best acoustic guitar I have ever owned or played for that matter. It looks great, it feels great, it plays great and it sounds great!!!!!!! Now, I wanna go try out a D-28 to see how it holds up to the D-16GT. I just don't see how it can get much better. I am very surprised and extremely pleased with my Martin D-16GT!

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          5.0

          Nothing like a Martin

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          from Nederland, TX.

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Church Gospel
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I tried many brands, all about the same price and solid woods. But when I strummed my Martin D-16GT there was no question about it. Thank you Musician's friend for putting up with my returns.

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            5.0

            Moving On Up!

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            from Lexington, KY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              Rich handmade custom sound is the key ... staying in tune and easy to pick up and play is the mantra for this D-16. The D-16 plays soft and speaks loud. The Martin D-16 fits a perfect second guitar (thanks Renee) owner as well as a seasoned pro. Why should guitar players not treat ourselves to a Martin? There is no good reason.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this guitar!!!

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              from Mid-Maryland

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              Pros

              • Classic Beauty
              • Consistent
              • Durable
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Never Ending Sustain
              • Reasonably Priced
              • RELIABLE
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • None To Speak Of In 15 Yr

              Best Uses

              • Camp Fires
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Showing Off
              • Small Venues
              • Writing

              Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I have never owned a more reliable acoustic guitar in my life. The action is always perfect as is the intonation. Seems to stay in tune after long play. Always amazed by the sustain. Pick a note and hold your ear to the sound hole. The sound is endless and beautiful. Plus it's pretty cheap compared to other Martins so you don't mind passing it around.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best i have found

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              from gordon,ky

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I played a lot in years past. I got married ,kids etc. and just stop playing. I decided it was time to find me another guitar. I wanted one that wasn't so expensive but one that wasn't junk. I looked for about 2 months I played ten thousand do$$ar guitars to cheapos.in the end it come down to the martin d16gt or a Gibson song writer 2.i chose the martin .I couldn't be any happier. It sounds great stays in tune. When I first got it the action was a little high. I had it set-up professionally, installed a bone nut and saddle, installed a lr baggs lyric pickup. Guitar is simply amazing I recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great guitar.BTW the bags lyric pickup is great on this guitar.Imo D'Addario 80 20 med. strings sound the best on this guitar.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great guitar for a Grand

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                from west palm beach

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                Pros

                • Comes With Hard Case
                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good value
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • Mircarta Fingerboard

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                This is not a Standard series guitar so Why compare. It is a very good guitar for just under twelve hundred, I got mine for five bills. there is a lot of competition and with the D-15M. Martin has a great lineup. the last guy who found the guitar hard to play simply needs to get a setup and take some lessons
                Overall a great guitar

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good sound but not so easy to play

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                from Houston, TX

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Confirmation Phone Call
                • Good Feel
                • High Quality Case
                • Looks great
                • Lower Price
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • Not So Easy To Play

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                My new Martin sounds great, looks great, has a sturdy, nice looking case but...
                The strings were too heavy for my taste and require a lot of figer pressure to play, particularly when playing solos.
                Also the strings sit too high making it difficult to play barred chords.
                I'm changing the strings to a lighter gauge and I'm taking it to a repair shop to lower the strings (adjustment to the saddle, most likely).

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BEST BUY FOR THE MONEY

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                from Richlands, NC

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I purchased My D-16GT in 2006. It has just got better with age. The top has darkened with age. The rich full sound is great. I play it each day. It sits by my couch in the den. I have been palying for over 30 years and have played them all. For the money you can not get the full tone and pitch from any other guitar for the price. I also have a D-28 3 piece back and the D-16GT is up there with the 28.

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