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Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  Natural 

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Equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood body, mahogany neck, and richlite fretboard, the MMV Solid Wood Martin Dreadnought...Read More

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A dream come true at a great price.

Equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood body, mahogany neck, and richlite fretboard, the MMV Solid Wood Martin Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar features renowned Martin X-bracing which makes the most of the its fine combination of tonewoods. Cosmetics include a deluxe 19-ply rosette, gold tuners, white binding and a nitro-cellulose finish. 


Includes Martin 345 hardshell 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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first Dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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 defined what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world. 

FEATURES Body
  • Body type: D-14 Fret
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Eastern Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Sitka Non scalloped X-type
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Black Ebony
  • Neck wood: Select Hardwood
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: 15 Sheen/Dark Mahogany Stain/Dark Filler
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Brand: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ: No
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: East Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh Gold with Small Knobs
  • Bridge: Black ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Compensated White Tusq/White Corian
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Custom model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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MartinCustom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 43 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Stays in tune (12)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

Let me add some supporting details to all the above...

This guitar has a modified "A" brace design. The original"A" bracing system was initially...Read complete review

Let me add some supporting details to all the above...

This guitar has a modified "A" brace design. The original"A" bracing system was initially used on some of the more recent less expensive models. It was apparently a bit less costly to make (fewer pieces), burt also had some advantages over the long-used "X" brace system. One was that the forward section -- that between the sound hole and the neck -- was better supported and thus likely would require fewer "neck resets" than other models. This was important to the company because they will reset the neck as many times as is needed at no cost to the original owner over his or her lifetime.

The "downside" to the new design was a little less bass 'thump.'

The modeified "A" used on the Mmv provides the best of both. It has the well supported "A" design up front, but a complex "X" beacing system much like the original from the sound hole back. I think it is this combination that makes the guitar sound as evenly balanced as it does.

The wood used on my copy is truly lovely. The grain of the soundboard is even and close. The rose wood fine. The ebony a deep black -- sadly sometimes not the case on some newer guitars.

The "fit and finish" to use an automotive phrase is perfection. It is as good as on any Martin guitar I have ever seen or played. Less fancy then some, yes, but just as well crafted.

The neck is lovely. I played mostly electric (Gibsons and Fenders) for most of my years -- as a working musician with a well known recording back in the `60s -- so I am used to low action. For an acoustic this guitar comes pretty close to my ideal. The action is low but totally buzz free all the way up the neck.

The "Martin" inscribed tuners (Gotohs?) are fine. Smooth in action, firm in holding string tention. The gold finish is particularly lovely.

The case is heavy. Probably not the first choice for on-the-road use. (I expect the vinyl surface would be easily damaged) But it cradles the guitar well and looks just fine-- plush really! -- for use in the home an an occasion car trip.

As all the above suggests I cannot recommend this guitar more highly. If you've always wanted a Martin and couldn't quite swing the cost this is your chance. Cheap? No. But an absolutely stunningly good deal.
Rating "Features" on a purely acoustic guitar is basically meaningless. It is what it is and does what it does. But the Marshall Mmv does what it does so perfectly that I'm giving it a maximum score.
This instrument is perfection. Truly. I've been playing for almost fifty years and owned several dozen instruments. (I presently own half that number) None is finer than this guitar. None.

The design, of course, is pure and simple Martin. Martins can be flashy or they can be "plain." This one has a few touches of flash -- the gold tuners for instance and the particularly tasteful rosette, but its beauty remains its simplicity. And its extraordinarily fine materials, construction and finish.

Sound-wise it is pure Martin Dreadnaught but perhaps a little less 'scooped' then some I have played. I.e., it has the expected Martin bass chunk and the usual Martin sparkling top end, but it also has a smoother more equally balanced sound. I suppose to some this might be a disappointment; to me it was a gift.

Playability was superb right out of the box. Moderately low action, Near perfect intonation (the bridge is slightely carved for compensation). Why it was even in pretty close to correct tune! (How'd they manage that?)

In other words shes a "Ten."
Impossibly good. Truly. I've craved having a Martin in my collection for nearly 40 years. This one made it possible.Though MF sells this as an Mmv the model name on the instrument's (laser cut) wooden interior "sticker" says it is a "Custom." MF must have worked out quite the deal for us with C.F. Martin and passed it along. Wow!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't bother with this one

this guitar had to be defective. The top looked like a factory reject. Can't believe Martin let this junk out of the shop.

this guitar had to be defective. The top looked like a factory reject. Can't believe Martin let this junk out of the shop.

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5.0

Had to have it

By Kenny

from Bandon, Oregon

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I played this instrument and was immediately impressed. It has most of the attributes of a Martin D-28 (solid spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, white binding) with just a few differences, none of which are that significant. I recently purchased a Martin D-18 (which I love), but I just couldn't get the MMV out of my mind. So I bought it. The price was amazing considering the power and beauty of this instrument. I'm very happy with this guitar.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This guitar has it all

      By Bassman1967

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Sounds And Feels Right
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        This Martin (Martin Custom MMV) was my first venture in to Martin guitars. I'm an original owner of a couple of vintage acoustics (1970 Guild F50r Jumbo and a 1968 Guild N4 12 String). Part of the decision to buy this Martin was price. I liked the various Martins I had played at several music stores and this was one of them. The sound, quality, feel and look of this Martin matched all of the Martins I had played. I ordered the MMV from MF with the idea that if I really loved this guitar I would eventually return to Martin for another purchase (possibly a 000-28 or M-36).
        Well, I love this guitar! It has a big sound throughout the spectrum: brilliant highs, deep lows and a fabulous neck. Quality abounds. The only thing that was a bit disappointing but not a show-stopper was the Richlite fingerboard. But of all the Martins I played with wood fingerboards, well I didn't see what the fuss was about.
        Recently I was playing a Martin M-36 at a local store and was seriously thinking about another Martin purchase but so far I haven't played a Martin that I like as much as my MMV.
        A beautiful instrument at an excellent price.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best in Class

        By Wes

        from California

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Richlite Board And Bridge

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Simply put, this is the best acoustic guitar I've ever played. This guitar plays and sounds better than guitars 2-3 times the cost. I played several D-28's, a D-35, HD-28, a JM signature, Clapton Signature, Santa Cruz Dread, and countless other acoustics from all the big names. This guitar had me hooked the second I picked it up. Gorgeous even, loud sound with a solid bass thump. The neck is incredible. Finish is flawless, and it stays in tune FOREVER. Sounds great for all styles of music. It fits perfectly in a mix for recording purposes and live (I have a Fishman Matrix Infinity installed).

        The one complaint I have about this guitar is the fact that Martin now uses Richlite on the fretboard and bridge for this model. My friend has one of the older ones (2008ish) and his fretboard/bridge are made of ebony. I can't tell any audible difference between the two fretboard types, and I honestly had no idea it wasn't ebony until I closely looked at it, but having ebony on this guitar would be a nice feature.

        Overall, this guitar is perfect. Buy it.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        First Martin

        By Ganyonman

        from El Paso, TX

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          Beautiful sound and presence with very good action and comfortable feel. Everything I hoped my first Martin could be.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'm lovin' my new MMV!

          By Opa John

          from Columbus, Ohio

          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 MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I had $1500 to spend on a new acoustic guitar and I wanted it to be a Martin. After comparing everything I could find, I couldn't see buying anything else except the MMV. What's to decide? It's all solid spruce and rosewood, gloss finish with a satin finished neck, solid ebony fret board and bridge, 19 ply rosette, it comes with a beautiful hard shell case, it sounds and plays like it was touched by angels and, best of all, IT'S A GENUINE, MADE IN THE U.S.A., MARTIN GUITAR. It's a no brainer. The only other recommendation I can make is you should buy one before Martin & Co. decides to stop building them!! I'm hard to please, and I'm very pleased with this one! You will be too.

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Martin deal for real

            By Slide-eiHl9

            from Marietta, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I've waited many years for a Martin and the price of this one got my attention. But I was ready to get a Martin no matter what - thinking it'd probably have to be a D-28. How could a guitar of this price compete? Well, I played it first, then did some homework. According to Martin, this guitar is based on the D-16 (rosewood) and the D-15, but with some upgrades and downgrades. You can read about most of that in the product descriptions, but know this: despite what's stated here, this guitar uses the A-bracing system of the D-15, and the fingerboard and bridge may be ebony or may be the manmade material, Richlite. Martin says either could be in the box when you order yours. That said, I'm not sure I care. This instrument is made alongside the D-28's and other standard series dreads, right in Martin's US factory. It's beautifully crafted and all the woods are first rate - at least on my sample. The beauty of its glossy finish is understated with a lack of purfling, fancy inlays or a spec of abalone anywhere - but just try finding the seam where the bookmatched back pieces adjoin. And wait until you hear it! Real Martin bass thump, plenty of upper sparkle and maybe a less "scooped" midrange than the pricier X-braced guitars. It sounds different, yes, but to my ear not inferior. I carefully compared tone against a D-35 and a D-28 and was very satisfied to come home with this one. I'm a happy guy!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best martin I've played.

                By picker

                from chillicothe, ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Playing In Church
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I have allways wanted a martin,rather it be a d18 or a d28.They were above what i could afford,played the mmv and was amazed how it was up ther with high end models.You want a great sounding and playing guitar you have to .check out the mmv

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Killer Deal!

                By Happy

                from Palo Alto

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                This guitar is a no brainer of a buy. Sounds huge right out of the box. Embodies classic Martin characteristics at an affordable price. I should have bought two!

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The guitar I always wanted!

                By Drifter

                from Palm Beach, FL

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  Well built w/flawless finish. Everything that was advertized! Well worth the money.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best bang for your buck Martin

                  By Kmac

                  from St. Louis

                  About Me Experienced

                  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 Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    This is a beautiful well made guitar that sounds and plays amazing. In my opinion this is the best acoustic out there in this price range.

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