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Martin D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar Natural 

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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 ...Read More

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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.

FEATURES
  • Dreadnought body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid East Indian rosewood 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

Enjoy the modern Martin at an easy price.

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MartinD-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 38 reviews)

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    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

      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

       

      Good Guitar But Flawed

      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...Read complete review

      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.

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      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 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.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 4 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 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.

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          (1 of 4 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 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.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          incredible guitar

          By TheBx2

          from Richmond Hill, Ontario

          About Me Professional Musician

          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 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.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 8 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 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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 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 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.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Martin D16RGT = My dream guitar

              By Mr.Bio

              from Canada

              About Me Experienced

              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 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.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very happy with D-16RGT....

                By markbuti

                from Gridley, IL

                Comments about Martin 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!

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                one awesome guitar

                By Joe Dirt-v5sgU

                from in the south

                Comments about Martin 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!!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I own it! I love it!

                By Joe Dirt-v5sgU

                from in the south

                Comments about Martin 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 !!!!!!!

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