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Deluxe appointments, solid woods, and gorgeous gloss top!

The traditional Martin D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar features a top of solid spruce and back and sides of solid East Indian rosewood. Easy-playing neck and fretboard is a joy. Numerous deluxe-style appointments include wood herringbone rosette, black binding, tortoise pickguard, chrome-enclosed tuners, and a natural gloss top finish. Includes case.

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  • Dreadnought body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Solid Spanish cedar neck
  • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard and bridge
  • Herringbone rosette
  • Hybrid D1 bracing pattern
  • Nut width 1-11/16"
  • 25.4" scale neck
  • 20 frets
  • Includes hardshell case
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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Martin16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

incredible guitar

I bought this guitar when I was 15 years old. I had a 150 moneys denver short scale guitar that I learned on, but now that I was older, I wanted the tone...Read complete review

I bought this guitar when I was 15 years old. I had a 150 moneys denver short scale guitar that I learned on, but now that I was older, I wanted the tone that comes with a real guitar. My dad took me all around toronto to all the music stores, and we played every acoustic we could find to see what stood out. I was still uniformed about particular brand names at the time, so the only thing I could go on was the sound of the guitar (which actually was a good thing)

The D16RGT stood out among all the rest, except for one exceptionally well made taylor (not usually a fan, not enough bottom end). however, it costed about 900 more, and 15 year olds paying by themselves generally dont have 2300 to just drop haha.

I loved the bright balanced tone, the sound really projected, the guitar had great dynamics, and when played hard, didnt lose its tone like some others. It surprisingly sounded better than a $3200 martin sitting next to it.

Over the years, I modified it very little, and there was little reason too. It already came with Tusq nut and saddle (man made ivory, which apparently sounds equal or better than bone) so all I really did was add a fishman battery powered pick up, which didnt affect the tone at all. It was useful for recording before I got a decent mic, and for live shows.

I've now had this guitar about 5 years, and it has beautifully. it has completely opened up in sound. the body has some scratches and dents in it, but thats entirely my fault. Fret board has zero wear on it, even though I play every day. This guitar has been in multiple shows, and recordings, and jam sessions. works perfect in every situation. Also, I am a huge Beatles fan, and I find that with the elixir polyweb strings, I can get the chirping G out of the guitar that John gets with his Gibson Acoustic. The guitar is also well suited for basically every song I have ever played on it. From Yesterday and Blackbird to Green day's wake me up when september ends and Before the Lobotomy.

The ease of playing is also the best of any acoustic I have ever played. Honestly. My friend even said about 3 days ago, and I quote "...yeah, its like, when I play my guitar, its okay, but then I play Jimmy's guitar, and I'm so much better. Then I pick up your guitar and suddenly everything is so much easier to play and sounds 10x better!"

There are really only 2 cons with this guitar, first being that the B string's tuner creaks when tuning, though it doesnt affect the tuning at all. The other, is that my Friends love it so much, they pick it up and wont give it back!

If you want to hear how this guitar actually sounds, no pressure, but you can check out my youtube channel, TheBx2, both raw and eq'ed sound.

And after this extremely long review, I would say overall, I would recommend this guitar to anybody at all, except maybe kids who might need a smaller guitar.
Though remember the golden rule, your ear is always right. This review means nothing if you dont personally like the sound. And dont forget, 2 identical guitars can sound completely different, so listen to all the things that matter when you pick up this guitar.

thats it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Guitar is Falling Apart

This guitar played well and sounded great. I thought it was a great buy until after a few years it started to fall apart. I have a friend who's D-16RGT did the same...Read complete review

This guitar played well and sounded great. I thought it was a great buy until after a few years it started to fall apart. I have a friend who's D-16RGT did the same thing. Both the top and bottom of the guitar have spit apart and the bottom is coming loose from the side. It's had a humidifier in the case since day one. Finally going to check on how much to repair but it may be more cost effective to just buy a different guitar.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

.even better than I thought..and read..!

By Bad Ted

from The Netherlands (Holland)

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Feels Like A Top-guitar
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Luxury Looks
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Unevenly Colored Topgrain

Best Uses

  • Dazzlin' Female Company
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Singer-songwriter Gigs

Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

I would recommend this guitar to EVERYBODY who wants a high-end guitar! ..beginners or pro's alike!

I always dreamt of owning a serious Martin-guitar. But whilst gettin older, ..more expirienced, ..but less fanatic,..I thought it wasn't that important anymore.
Especially because I own and owned a lot of different guitars...and tried-out a whole lot more. (even other Martins)
..and there are a lot of great guitars nowadays, and it doesn't always have to be an expensive one.

A couple of years ago, I fell in love with the high-end Alvarez dreads. So I bought me a MD95, ..and somewhat later a MD80. They both play like a dream, and I'm totally happy with the way they sound. They left me with nothin' left to wish for!
....however......
I had a little money to spend for myself, so I thought; Why not buy me a cheap Martin from the US (I live in the Netherlands), ..play it a while,..and then sell it again here in Holland. (gear is much more expensive overhere)..and maybe make a little profit or so.
...but...
...Nooo-way I'm gonna sell this baby!!

This baby sings!! ...and plays like butter..
Even with the thicker strings on it,..wich before was a big no-no for me.
I value playability more than loud sound!
But with this guitar,..I do have both! ....I'm totally in love with it!

DO-NOT make a big-deal of the fretboard and bridge "not being made of real wood"! I serously believe that it just makes the neck more stiff and resonant. Not to speak of the clearness of the tone all over the fretboard. totally NO DEATH NOTES! ..and funny thing; ..I last tuned it more than two weeks ago, when I first took it to the rehearsal with my acoustic folk-band.
I honestly haven't touched the tuners again...and it's still in tune!!
...eventough its winter overhere, it's been in and out my car, and inbetween stays in my cozy-warm-livingroom.
And yes,...if I had the money for it, I'd buy a D28, D35 or D42 or whatever-D(ream-guitar).
But I'd probably sell it eventually for a small profit...or when I get the itch for another dream-guitar....
....but this one,...stays!!

Only-"somewhat"-firstlook-downer; ....the diss-coloratian of the sitka-spruce top...that makes it look like it's totally not bookmatched.
At first I even thought to send it back to Mus.Friend,..along with an angry letter and my dissapointment on the deal... and if they thought they could get away with it just because I only live "on the other side of the world"..?!
But afther playing, and becoming increasingly "head-over-heals" with the playability, sound, volume, smell and quality,..I decided that the lighter-coloured streak in the wood,..reminded me of the gray hair-lock of Bonnie Raitt!
So now I think of it as "Mojo",..instead of something undesireble.

You're planning to buy a Martin? Go to a store where they have plenty of them. ..preferably also this model! Have someone blindfold you, and try out every Martin-dread..without you knowing wich model you're playing. Just use your ears and hands to guide you. Make a top-5 list of your favourite ones...
...I promise,..you'd be suprised!

Sorry for the "big lovestory", and my probable bad-english and certain gram.faults,...but I thought I'd share a bit of my good feelin''bout my latest win.
grtz. from across the big water.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

incredible guitar

By TheBx2

from Richmond Hill, Ontario

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • 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-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

    I bought this guitar when I was 15 years old. I had a 150 moneys denver short scale guitar that I learned on, but now that I was older, I wanted the tone that comes with a real guitar. My dad took me all around toronto to all the music stores, and we played every acoustic we could find to see what stood out. I was still uniformed about particular brand names at the time, so the only thing I could go on was the sound of the guitar (which actually was a good thing)

    The D16RGT stood out among all the rest, except for one exceptionally well made taylor (not usually a fan, not enough bottom end). however, it costed about 900 more, and 15 year olds paying by themselves generally dont have 2300 to just drop haha.

    I loved the bright balanced tone, the sound really projected, the guitar had great dynamics, and when played hard, didnt lose its tone like some others. It surprisingly sounded better than a $3200 martin sitting next to it.

    Over the years, I modified it very little, and there was little reason too. It already came with Tusq nut and saddle (man made ivory, which apparently sounds equal or better than bone) so all I really did was add a fishman battery powered pick up, which didnt affect the tone at all. It was useful for recording before I got a decent mic, and for live shows.

    I've now had this guitar about 5 years, and it has beautifully. it has completely opened up in sound. the body has some scratches and dents in it, but thats entirely my fault. Fret board has zero wear on it, even though I play every day. This guitar has been in multiple shows, and recordings, and jam sessions. works perfect in every situation. Also, I am a huge Beatles fan, and I find that with the elixir polyweb strings, I can get the chirping G out of the guitar that John gets with his Gibson Acoustic. The guitar is also well suited for basically every song I have ever played on it. From Yesterday and Blackbird to Green day's wake me up when september ends and Before the Lobotomy.

    The ease of playing is also the best of any acoustic I have ever played. Honestly. My friend even said about 3 days ago, and I quote "...yeah, its like, when I play my guitar, its okay, but then I play Jimmy's guitar, and I'm so much better. Then I pick up your guitar and suddenly everything is so much easier to play and sounds 10x better!"

    There are really only 2 cons with this guitar, first being that the B string's tuner creaks when tuning, though it doesnt affect the tuning at all. The other, is that my Friends love it so much, they pick it up and wont give it back!

    If you want to hear how this guitar actually sounds, no pressure, but you can check out my youtube channel, TheBx2, both raw and eq'ed sound.

    And after this extremely long review, I would say overall, I would recommend this guitar to anybody at all, except maybe kids who might need a smaller guitar.
    Though remember the golden rule, your ear is always right. This review means nothing if you dont personally like the sound. And dont forget, 2 identical guitars can sound completely different, so listen to all the things that matter when you pick up this guitar.

    thats it.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    one awesome guitar

    By Joe Dirt-v5sgU

    from in the south

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

    Ilove the smell, the feel, the looks, the sound,mmmmmm!
    This is one awesome guitar. It is like a d28 with over drive. I love the satin back and gloss top. I would prefer the neck to be satin finish, but I dont think twice about it anymore after owning it now for a year. It is probably my favorite guitar of all. I do own a d28 but I can't say it is better than this one. You really need both lol!!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin's best kept secret

    By Stonewall Jackson

    from Sumter, SC

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

    I have owned my Martin D-16RGT for about 7 years now. For those of you who recently bought one and love the sound, wait until a couple of years have passed and it really opens up! Everyone I know who owns or has played a D-28 swears this sounds just as good or better. The wood ages beautifully, especially the spruce top. It has a dark amber hue that I have yet to see on a D-28, or any other guitar for that matter. This thing has been everywhere and it's still just as solid as ever. The fretboard and bridge are micarta, which I wasn't sure about at first, but most people wouldn't even know the difference except the micarta fretboard shows NO signs of wear after 7-8 years of play. I highly recommend this instrument. This is definitly my favorite acoustic of the many I've owned over the years. I expect my grandchildren will be playing this one long after I'm gone! Stop shopping around and go with top Martin quality at a reasonable price.

    (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Guitar is Falling Apart

    By Big Dog

    from Colorado Springs, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Falling Apart
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Photo Prop

    Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

    This guitar played well and sounded great. I thought it was a great buy until after a few years it started to fall apart. I have a friend who's D-16RGT did the same thing. Both the top and bottom of the guitar have spit apart and the bottom is coming loose from the side. It's had a humidifier in the case since day one. Finally going to check on how much to repair but it may be more cost effective to just buy a different guitar.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great American Made Guitar! Great Price!

    By spiritchris

    from Chicago

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

      I was looking at D18's and D35's. I came across the D16RGT. I sat for hours playing and listening to each of them. The D16RGT for the price and tone won out. I changed out the tuners to Waverley's and replaced the nut, pins and saddle with fossilized bone. It really opened up and brought out the sweetness in tone. I'm very pleased. I highly recommend.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Martin D16RGT = My dream guitar

      By Mr.Bio

      from Canada

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • High End Sound
      • Reasonable Price
      • Rich Sound
      • Solid Construction
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • You Name It

        Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

        I thought I was in love with Taylors (and I still love them) but when I picked up this particular Martin, I quickly changed my mind. It is everything I've ever wanted in an acoustic. Quality through and through, solid, beautiful rich sound. I like how easy Taylors are to play but I find this guitar even easier to sound like a pro. I highly recommend it.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love mine after several years

        By SotR

        from Ca,

        Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

        I bought my D-16 RGT for my bithday in 2003. I gave myself a budget of $1500 with an aside of $200 more if something really caught me. I played Taylor, Santa Cruz, Gibson, Larrivee, Breedlove ect. I liked all of the guitars and each had their own strong suits. And though in my heart I wanted a Martin just for the sake of "I wanted a Martin" but I was objective. Thankfully the clerk was a really good player and I had him play them for me so I could listen also. It was a tough choice and though I know I would have been happy with any of the guitars I tried, I picked the Martin. And after 7 years I am still very happy. As for D-28 owners, I have played on and off for years with two brothers who are diehard Martin players, each have a D28 and honestly felt my guitar sounded and played as good as theirs.

        (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Muddy dead sounding, bad wood

        By Caveatemptor

        from VA

        Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

        I purchased a D16 GT that had two small cracks in the sides. I returned the guitar and upgraded to a D-16 RGT. This guitar had a defective top with blemishes all over the wood. I returned this guitar and finally received a D-16RGT without defects. The guitar, however sounds very muddy and does not play the B chord in an acceptable manner. I would not recommend this product. The fact Martin let's a 1000 dollar plus guitar out of the door with these cracks, blemishes, and inferior sounding products is a shame.

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very happy with D-16RGT....

        By markbuti

        from Gridley, IL

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

        I give the D-16RGT high marks... it hasn't opened up yet.. so kind of tight on the sound... seems like it might be closer to the D-28 in sound vs. the D-41 Special (less overtones)....
        I recently sold my 2006 Martin D-41 Special... and was looking to acquire a lower end Martin that I wouldn't have as much $$ tied up in,.. and had less "bling".... but,... I still wanted that great Martin sound!!

        Nice solid wood Martin guitar. I actually prefer the Micarta fretboard... very solid & consistent...

        This is your plain Jane solid wood guitar.... but nice features. I like the new metal decal for the headstock.

        The low-profile oval neck provides nice action... I have smaller hands and don't have any problem with quick position changes... bar chords, etc.

        I replaced the Tusq saddle & plastic pins with bone. Also, I installed the new L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup which, due to the modified X bracing, I had to manufacture small oak blocks and glue them between the control assembly and the sound board around the oval hole (not an operation for the faint at heart,.. nor for those who are afraid of mod'g their guitar).... the sound produced by the Anthem is **unbelievable**!!
        I sent the first D-16 RGT back to Musicians Friend because it had white mold growing on the inside of the guitar body.... must have been one of the underwater guitars when Nashville flooded ?? ;-) yes... I know they're from Nazereth, PA... not Nashville.

        I don't like the bright white binding around the fretboard & guitar body.... Martin why you couldn't have you put something similar to what Epiphone puts on their $250 dreads and it would have looked WAY more classy than this flourescent white stuff?

        I don't mind the satin back and sides,.. and in fact find that I'm not stressing over whether I scratched them or not.

        As I mentioned earlier,... I replaced saddle & pins..... I also have a bone nut that I intend to replace the Corian one with.
        Despite that I put a couple of very very small dings in the gloss finish near the bridge,... the overall value of this guitar has increased remarkably since I upgraded the saddle, pins, and installed the L.R. Baggs anthem.

        So, it's definitely a keeper!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I own it! I love it!

        By Joe Dirt-v5sgU

        from in the south

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

        This guitar is awesome!!! I have no complaints at all about the micarta fretboard. I personally think it is thumbs up for Martin. This guitar sounds like a dream. I gave it 4.5on features because I wish it had a satan neck. Believe me I have not cried one time over that. I still have a yearning for a 28 or 35 Just because of their heritage. Once again, I love my D-16RGT !!!!!!!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful - Simple - Great tone

        By JDFight

        from Jamaica Plain, MA

        Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

        I just got my d16rgt yesterday. After reading many different reviews and taking Martin's reputation into consideration, I placed an online order for this guitar. I must say, I am very pleased. When I first opened the case, I was hit with the most pleasant aroma of fresh spruce and rosewood. This is definitely the best smelling guitar I have ever encountered :) The guitar is very aesthetically pleasing. It has a very simple appearance but is obviously of the highest quality craftsmanship. The black micarta fingerboard looks very nice and plays very well. I was a little bit scared that it was going to look cheap and was relieved when I opened the case and saw the gorgeous instrument lying there. The tone is absolutely wonderful. Every string rings true. There is great separation along the full frequency range. The bass is loud and booming, but not overpowering. The mids and highs are bright and project nicely. I played a few simple fingerpicking tunes and was amazed at how clear each note sounded. Every note sustains very well. While playing, I actually found myself becoming completely engrossed in the sound. I can't say enough to praise this guitar. It is the first Martin I have ever owned. I know that it is not a top model, but for the money, you can't beat it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Biged

        from Ga

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

            My d-16 RGT is a 2002 model. One strum and you know it's a Martin. I purchased it used and it have been my favorite acoustic over the past 8-9 years. It have aged to sound great and plays very easy. This was my first American made guitar and is a keeper.

            (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good Guitar But Flawed

            By Eisaviolio

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Nice Fretboard
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Bad Action

            Best Uses

            • Low Rhythm Section

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

            The tone on this guitar is interesting and should be taken into careful consideration when choosing it. It has a loud booming lower sound and a neutral/standard upper sound. So it's more of a "plectrum picking" style guitar with a "condensed sound", rather than a guitar that focuses more on projecting it's resonances.

            The fret board feels very nice and the synthetic tailpiece make restringing the guitar easier than wood tailpieces.

            But my biggest gripe with this guitar is the stock action. The stock bridge on the guitar has a very poor angle, which makes the heavier strings more dominant. So you end up missing the lighter strings half the time.

            For a guitar with deep condensed tone, not being able to play the lighter strings out of the box is a huge deal breaker. A guitar isn't supposed to be limited to the lower strings.

            That being said, this guitar will require extra setup if you want to get the full sound out of it. If you only play the low rhythm section, then this guitar is great out of the box.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All the right stuff

            By Breedlove Not War

            from Utah

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

            I, as most of you, looked for years before I bought this guitar. My tastes changed over time and I began to see guitars like food; it's largely a matter of taste. My advice is to demo as many guitars as you can. This is a large amount of money for something so unnecessary that it's worth the time. This guitar has a balanced sound. The action came high. I asked a guitar tech and he said it was just right. I lowered the truss rod a little and I'm a lot happier than I was playing what felt like an egg slicer. The sound did thin out a little, but became very playable. The sound is good at all ranges of volume and I liked the dynamic feeling of this guitar more than the concert model, Eric Clapton guitar. The intonation is par level, but not exactly right. The wood is great, the fit and finish is excellent. I still like to look in the sound hole and admire the craftsmanship of the guitar. I wasn't wow'ed by the tuners and the case is not what I would expect for a guitar this price. From a value stand point this guitar has to be in anyone's top five. Also, try out the Breedloves if this guitar interests you. Also, don't turn your nose up at the mahogany Martins. There's great quality in this Martin that becomes a price spiral if you start going up from this guitar. I've had the guitar almost a year and I've logged lots of time on it. It's matured well and the sound is exactly what I was looking for. Why do you think Martin became the standard by which other guitars are measured?

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Guitar

            By ratlifk1-byFEG

            from Col, Oh

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

            After reading other reviews including my own, I decided to write another review. I think it's funny that people keep referring to the vintage Martins as if they are a better guitar. The fact is the vintage Martin neck can't compare to todays Martin that offers three choices of neck shape (Oval, Modified Low Oval,Modified V). My dad has been playing Martins for 30 years and told me to buy one at least 20 years old. He was amazed when he played my DC-16RGTE. It has a faster neck (modified low oval) and more balanced tone than the boomy D-28's. So if you want flash and conversation piece, get a 28,41,45. If you are a serious flat picker only interested in playability, get this guitar. Mine blew away a HD-35 last weekend. Trust me, I went looking for a D-35 or something that had a neck comparable to my Taylor and after playing several D-28,35,41's, I just started playing them without looking at the model #. I upgraded to a bone saddle during my set-up and updraded the case to a 600 series but other than that, this guitar needed nothing, so overall I saved about $500 that I would've spent on a 35 and adding a pickup that the DC-16RGTE already had. All the Martin buffs at church can't put it down. I would recommend comparing models on Martins web site before you go looking. If you're looking for a great dry sound, the Mahogony D-18 rocks, if you're looking for the sweet wet sound of Rosewood, the choices are unlimited in the Martin line, but compare the specs to see the small differences in each model that makes each one unique.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A poor man's D-28

            By Broktun

            from Cumberland, MD

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

            Martin's 16 series is a termendous value all around. I was going to spring for a D-28, but IMHO, it was not worth the additional $$$. Some people gripe about the micarta fingerboard, but it looks good, plays good, and sounds good, it is good. I do have 2 small complaints. The tuners are not that great. I have used better tuners on guitars of a similar price. Also, the factory setup was high, and got worse as the guitar settled in. After 6 months I had it professionaly set up, and now it plays like butter.I would a 16 series again. . .maybe a mahogany small bodied 12 fret.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awsome sound and playability

            By Bubba34266

            from Arcadia,FL

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

            I purchased a D-16RGT about a 9 months ago and after the purchase I sold my D-28 because the sound and action level of the D-16RGT was so much better than that of my 12 year old D-28. I play bluegrass so I need not only sound but I need low action so I can play without pain, and I found that with the D-16RGT.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best accoustic I ever had

            By Mike

            from Christiana Tennessee 37037

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • I have had this guitar around 9 years
            • I have had this guitar around 9 years.
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

              I have had this guitar around 9 years from musician friends. I have played several different models of martin guild and Gibson. This is the best. I play in small gospel group. This guitar fits all my needs.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a Gift

              By P1Darrell

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar:

                Used to calm my inner spirit from the savages of every day business life.

                This is a sweetheart, solid back outdoes, outdoes my HD-28 at 1/2 the cost. I play this over the other because of its sweet tone.

                Bought a $2000 Gibson to compare. This Martin still takes the cake.

                Thank you Martin luthiers, you are great.

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