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Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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This Martin Custom D Classic Acoustic Guitar is the real deal and a real steal. Crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sid...Read More

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Most affordable spruce-top solid wood Martin ever, and only available here.

This Martin Custom D Classic Acoustic Guitar is the real deal and a real steal. Crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, the mahogany Custom D guitar also has a tortoise binding, modified low-oval mahogany neck with a mortise-and-tenon joint and adjustable truss rod. Solid Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and inlaid single-ring rosette complete this Martin guitar. The mahogany body on the Custom D guitar is much lighter in weight than rosewood, koa, or maple and yields a surprisingly strong, loud sound with an emphasis on clear, bright, airy trebles. Quantities of this custom Martin acoustic guitar are limited.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • D1 A-frame bracing pattern
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Modified low oval solid mahogany neck
  • Mortise-and-tenon neck joint
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Solid Indian rosewood bridge
  • Solid Indian rosewood head plate with raised gold foil decal
  • Small dot position markers
  • Inlaid single-ring rosette
  • Tortoise top binding
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • White Corian nut
  • Satin finish
  • 25-2/5" scale length
  • 16" fingerboard radius
  • 14 clear frets
  • 20 frets total

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MartinCustom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 167 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (155)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (39)
  • Good audio (38)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Stays in tune (35)
  • Consistent (30)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (29)
  • Jamming (24)
  • Small venues (20)
  • Recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Novice (12), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeded My Expectations

What's the Catch? I called Musicians Friend prior to ordering to make sure these guitars weren't 2nds, blems, or return items. The gentleman said no, these are brand new in the box....Read complete review

What's the Catch? I called Musicians Friend prior to ordering to make sure these guitars weren't 2nds, blems, or return items. The gentleman said no, these are brand new in the box. I had a D-15 M that I traded along with some other instruments about 7 years ago for a drum kit, and have not gotten over how much I miss that guitar. I have a family so I haven't spent a dime on myself for quite some time, so I decided to take advantage of the favorable financing available. I don't have nine hundy laying around, but I do have fifty bones a month to spare. This guitar arrived in a new box that didn't have several other labels with crossed addresses so that was positive sign number one. The hardshell case was immaculate and certainly lives up to the Martin tag on the side. No dings or blems on it anywhere. Guitar fits snugly with no slop or movement. Now for the good stuff. When you open the case the aroma of the Mahogany is almost intoxicating, much like the sound of slot machines when you walk into a casino, same effect. I inspected the guitar very closely, and it is perfect in every way. Martin hit a home run with this one. Brand new, not a noticeable fingerprint on it anywhere. Setup was perfect right out of the box, arrived in tune, very easy to play, and the Martin sound is fantastic. I don't know how they do it but Martin guitars have a definite "soul" waiting to be released every time you pluck it or strum it. Its wonderful that in order to make this product affordable, Martin focused less on appointments without compromising tonal quality in the least. I totally agree with others who have commented about the relative light weight of the instrument and the impressive volume you can produce with it. I could go on forever but I'll finish by saying this thing is a natural born killer. By the way there is no catch. I'm so happy I pulled the trigger and did it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Martin Custom D

I returned it. pending the arrival of the Martin D-1GT, which has a stratabond neck, but the rest is
all solid wood. (this model is not in stock at this...Read complete review

I returned it. pending the arrival of the Martin D-1GT, which has a stratabond neck, but the rest is
all solid wood. (this model is not in stock at this time).I guess I will finally accept alternative
materials; been quite the all-solid wood snob up to now.

This was a fluke, MF handled it just fine and I still love Martins more than any other brand. I
suspect the shipper let this one get exposed to temperature extremes and it warped, as any
acoustic would.
Basic, no frills model. But that's fine. And it DOES come with a very nice case. (the listing doesn't
mention that). Appears to be more AA wood than AAA.
There was a hump in the fretboard right at the joint to the body, seemingly due to warpage of
the top, possibly due to temperature extremes on the shippers part. Truss rod will not fix that,
and I doubt Martin shipped it that way. Playing it in the lower frets showed it to be a cannon; just
beautiful, full bass with plenty of mids as well, no muddiness anywhere. I have a mahogany 000-15
that now sounds sort of.........muted to me. Love that dread boom!
If you can get one with no issues: it's a great buy.

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5.0

A great guitar, simple, no-nonsense design and well set-up.

By C J Camp

from Seattle, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is the least expensive all-solid-wood, made-in-Pennsylvania Martin guitar out there right now. It already sounds VERY nice and, with proper care, will improve over the years. If you want a top-notch acoustic, for under a grand, this one is worth consideration. It's as good as any and better than most. (Think Neil Young's "Harvest" album.) I've played for over 40 years and IMHO, you get a LOT of guitar for the money with this purchase, clean, balanced, quality sound that will work for any music form.

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    5.0

    Great Deal!! The Cadillac of acoustic guitars!

    By FenderBaer

    from Cullman, Al

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Nice finish
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune
    • Well made

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar is amazing!! You can't get a better sounding guitar than this. I am well satisfied with this purchase! Worth every penny!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar, best value in the acoustic guitar world!!

      By Hawk

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Recording and small acoustic venues.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You can't go wrong with this guitar!

        By Jim

        from Casper, WY

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I was amazed by this guitar. It has a warm, rich tone and is easy to play. The workmanship is excellent. A beautiful instrument. I highly recommend this guitar!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          excellent American made value

          By BC

          from Ashland Kentucky

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Classic Martin Dreadnought tone!
          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Made in USA
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              Unbelievable quality to value ratio. Before you people fork out for an X series Dreadnought I'd ask you to play this. American made quality. Period. The US has a rich history of making the finest guitars in the world. This has that quality. Something anyone could be proud of. Great rich Martin tone at great value. This falls right in line with the work horse Martin dreadnoughts like the D-18, D-16, and all mahogany D-15. Great feeling and sounding dreadnought!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Truly amanzing guitar

              By DaveBass

              from Omaha, NE

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                All the good comments about this guitar are true. For me, it was love at first strum... As soon as I pulled the guitar out of the case and played it I knew she was a keeper. She didn't even have to be in tune. No adjustments were necessary, the factory set up is perfect.
                This guitar is extremely comfortable to play, and the workmanship is flawless. I've owned the guitar for about a month and like it more every day. I love the sound.... it is powerful and mellow, has a deep bass yet it has beautiful brights. It is a very balanced and full sound. This guitar feels as powerful as a Les Paul, yet it produces a beautiful sweet mellow sound. The guitar stays in tune perfectly... Many playing sessions and days can go by with not even the slightest tuning adjustment necessary. The mahogany smells incredible, and the case it comes with is super nice!
                Last week I visited a local music store and played about five different, much more expensive guitars (other Martins, Gibsons, and a Taylor), and maybe I'm totally biased at this point, but liked my guitar better than all the other more expensive guitars I played. I'd like to think that if I had been blindfolded I would've still been drawn to the feel and sound of my guitar.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Follow up review!

                By Robdady

                from Naples, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I bought this from a return, and what a steal. The guy who sent it back has no idea what he is missing! I can say, and so does everyone who hears it, that this is the best sounding guitar I have ever heard. The tone and sustain is amazing and it is such a joy to play. I have 3 Carvin"s, 2 Washburn"s, 2 Breelove's- Oregan, Atlas Revival, Taylor 615, 2 Blueridge- BR 160 & 180, 2 Alvarez's, 2 Zager's- 20 & 80, 1939 L-50!! This is the best of them all!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  This is a great guitar. Typical Martin workmanship.

                  By Guitar man

                  from The mountains of southwest Virginia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    This is a great guitar. Fun to play. Well-made. Bright crisp notes. I did change the strings out to elixirs but that's just a personal preference. It came with perfect set up. This will probably Be my go to guitari

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great guitar, great value.

                    By d combs

                    from alaska

                    Pros

                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                        great guitar, great value.

                        from what i read this guitar is outstanding. had it about a month and have to say i totally agree. did my research to find out what is different and more expensive about a d-18, will just mention the most important ones i know of. keep in mind i have played nice guitars before, never played a d-18.

                        the dovetail neck on the d-18 is more expensive to make, probably sounds a little better. the bracing is different. the custom d has more bass and less overtones than the d-18. i actually really like the bass of the custom d for most stuff i play. and subtle overtones is not necessarily a bad thing. just as rosewood guitars sound really beautiful, the sound can get muddy with overtones for some styles.

                        all solid wood martin at 900. for me it was a home run.

                        hope that helps

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                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Sweet Axe!

                        By robert

                        from undisclosed

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                        Have been hacking a sound out a guitar for 50 years or so, and have played many different "axes" in my time! I never owned a Martin, though I have been impressed by them through the years, and played a borrowed D 35 for a few years and loved its playability, and above all, sound! I finally "sprung" a very small slice of "bread" for the custom D and couldn't be more thrilled with what is a very capable instrument! Just read the positive out pouring of the believers here, and buy one before Martin decides they aren't charging enough for an American icon!!! A true example of why you should buy American!

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