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Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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Overview

  • Model: D-1GT
  • Body size: D-14 fret
  • Top: solid sitka spruce
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $1,499.00
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    - $450.00
  • New Price:
    $1,04900

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Martin's legendary tone at an extraordinary price.

The Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is designed with Martin's legendary tone, craftsmanship and playability with extraordinary value. This model features solid sapele spruce backs and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top and is polished to a high gloss.

Tonally, the advanced "hybrid" scalloped X-bracing delivers a powerful punch – clear ringing treble and deep bass – unique to Martin's 1 Series guitars. The D-1GT offers projection and bass response expected of this dreadnought body. Includes case.

Features

  • Model: D-1GT
  • Body size: D-14 fret
  • Top: solid sitka spruce
  • Rosette: style 28
  • Back material: solid sapele
  • Side material: solid sapele
  • Binding: black boltaron
  • Neck shape: modified low oval
  • Headstock: solid/standard taper
  • Scale length: 25.4''
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard position inlays: style 28
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Bridge material: Richlite
  • Bridge style: belly
  • Tuning machines: chrome enclosed w/ small buttons
  • Pickguard: black
  • Case: 345 hardshell
  • Interior label: paper label

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MartinD-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Jamming (4)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I love this guitar!

    Overall, I am very pleased with this guitar. Every time I pull it out of the case and smell the wood and varnish I get inspired. The guitar's sound is full of spirit...Read complete review

    Overall, I am very pleased with this guitar. Every time I pull it out of the case and smell the wood and varnish I get inspired. The guitar's sound is full of spirit and warmth and resonates as loud or soft as you want it to. I didn't personally select this guitar from a batch...however, even with the compromises I had to accept I'm still loving this guitar.
    The action is very good right out of the box. No fret buzzing. I think I will keep using the stock medium gauge strings to retain the stock feel to the guitar. This is Martin's standard entry level American made model with no electronics. The features are the superb construction, rock solid tuning reliability, time tested components and the simplicity of Martin's signature design. Lightweight with minimal bracing. Some minor compromises had to be made to keep this guitar priced lower, but if you are a player and not a collector, this should not matter to you.
    Quality of this guitar is almost flawless. For an entry-level American made guitar it has met my expectations. The guitar stays in tune and sounds warm and bright. Craftsmanship is first rate, it is a very lightweight guitar. Obviously, I would prefer a few higher end specs like a rosewood fingerboard, a real mother of peal sound hole inlay or a bone nut and saddle but when you get a handmade American guitar at this price you have to be willing to accept some compromises. Fortunately, simplicity, in this case brings forth a perfect standard instrument. The overall quality of the wood, bracing and finish are first rate. The stratabond neck is very smooth and fast. I tried a few guitars at the local music center to compare it to and in my opinion this one had the best tone and feel to my ears and the best feel in my hands.
    From my personal experience, there was no way I was going to buy a guitar made anywhere but the USA but I wasn't going to pay a lot if I could help it. I played the cheaper Martin guitars, and yes, they sounded very good too, but considering that this guitar came with one of the nicest guitar cases I have ever seen and was manufactured with a solid spruce wood top, that alone, makes paying the extra price justified. Plus, in my mind, paying a little extra to insure an American icon such as Martin can continue to manufacture and employ Americans to make guitars in America justifies whatever added expense I paid over their cheaper Mexican made guitars. To be honest, as an American myself, I am inspired by their heritage. This guitar is like a treasure to me, not just a tool. Just like my Fender Strat made in Corona California. Not to be political here but outsourcing labor is not good for our country. I don't care what nationality of the person that helped make the guitar, only that it is assembled right here in the USA. To me it matters.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    You get what you pay for.

    The best thing this guitar has going for it is that it is cheap. It's not even close to the better Martins. The only reason to purchase it is if you cannot afford a...Read complete review

    The best thing this guitar has going for it is that it is cheap. It's not even close to the better Martins. The only reason to purchase it is if you cannot afford a real Martin. I don't agree with the other reviewers who praise this guitar so highly. Average bass, average trebles, average volume. The D28 is far superior to it. So, if you can afford it, pass this one by and get a D28.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Entry Level Martin With a Great Sound

    By mikeiscool42

    from Wilmington, NC

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I bought the Martin D-1GT from a local shop here in Wilmington, NC. Out of the box, (actually off the wall) the guitar was in tune and had a great action. It was strung with Martin Custom Lights. I typically play w/ Lights (12s) but gave it a shot anyway. I was blown away by the sound that game out of this thing. I was skeptical about the stratabond neck and richlite finger board but after purchasing and taking it home with me I'm a convert, doesn't bother me at all. Not a lot of bling but I'm not a huge a fan of bling on a Marti n so that doesn't bother me. I had a LR Baggs Lyric installed and man it sounds great plugged in. I've restrung it w/ Lights and am further amazed by the sound (doesn't sound as good as a D-18 but it was only half the price) and actually the ease of playing with the lights. I am guessing that when I string her up with Mediums she will really sing. All in all, I am super impressed w/ the D-1GT and would recommend it to anyone looking for an entry level Martin.

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      5.0

      Terrific Guitar!

      By Mark

      from Maryland

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      Verified Buyer

      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 D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Why not buy the best?

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The D-1GT is a very fine instrument

        By zman58

        from Northern Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy to play
        • Fun To Play
        • Great Feel And Touch
        • Great sound
        • Looks great
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Relaxing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          This is a fantastic instrument. It is made in Nazareth PA, USA. The Martin folks have done some magic with this guitar--an incredible value. It has an beautiful vibrant sound. I have owned mine for about three months now. My hat is off to the designers of this instrument.

          I had already owned an older Yamaha and a Gibson LC-1, both very good guitars. I have played many other high end guitars, including Taylors and Gibsons. The D-1GT is a standout instrument. The action was perfect out of the box. It has a laminated engineered beam neck which I think provides an extremely stable and strong neck. It absolutely stays in tune with this neck. At this point I believe the laminated neck is more stable than the solid necks of other guitars I own.

          My Yamaha C3 conservatory grand piano has engineered beams to hold the 18 tons of tension created by its strings. It also stays in tune extremely well. Engineered beams are remarkably stable as evident in how this guitar remains in perfect tune.

          I highly recommend this guitar for the value it represents to the serious musician. Other folks who have heard it and played it agree.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Awesome guitar

          By ray

          from Elkin, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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 D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            You will not buy a better Martin guitar for the money. Out of the box it required minimal tuning. I'm an experienced player and know some things about guitars, but I also know some seasoned musicians that say the same thing. If your on a budget definitely try this guitar.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            You get what you pay for.

            By theMaestro

            from washington dc

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Inexpensive

            Cons

            • Blah Looks
            • Pedestrian Sound

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            The best thing this guitar has going for it is that it is cheap. It's not even close to the better Martins. The only reason to purchase it is if you cannot afford a real Martin. I don't agree with the other reviewers who praise this guitar so highly. Average bass, average trebles, average volume. The D28 is far superior to it. So, if you can afford it, pass this one by and get a D28.

            Comment on this review

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fourth Martin I've Owned

            By Doofus1

            from Richlands VA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Extremely good value
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Very easy to play

            Cons

            • Just slightly less bassy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I've owned four Martins including a D-35, and even through the D1-GT does not approach it in beauty, craftsmanship or bottom end, this is an amazingly good guitar. It is still very much a Martin and rivals all of their other acoustics in playability. If you want Martin quality but don't have thousands to spend, this guitar will do you right. The neck is slick and fast, while the tone is as balanced and musical as you'd expect a Martin to be. The only thing I feel it lacks is the strong bassy "thump" of a D-16, D-28, or D-35. However, it's not overly bright or tinny--just not the canon that their higher-end dreadnaughts tend to be. All the other compromises are cosmetic--this is a bare-bones but more-than-adequate jammer. I would recommend the GT (gloss top) over the satin top (D1) because I think it will be more durable over the long haul.

              Comment on this review

              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this guitar!

              By Daniel Barychko

              from good ol' USA

              Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              Overall, I am very pleased with this guitar. Every time I pull it out of the case and smell the wood and varnish I get inspired. The guitar's sound is full of spirit and warmth and resonates as loud or soft as you want it to. I didn't personally select this guitar from a batch...however, even with the compromises I had to accept I'm still loving this guitar.
              The action is very good right out of the box. No fret buzzing. I think I will keep using the stock medium gauge strings to retain the stock feel to the guitar. This is Martin's standard entry level American made model with no electronics. The features are the superb construction, rock solid tuning reliability, time tested components and the simplicity of Martin's signature design. Lightweight with minimal bracing. Some minor compromises had to be made to keep this guitar priced lower, but if you are a player and not a collector, this should not matter to you.
              Quality of this guitar is almost flawless. For an entry-level American made guitar it has met my expectations. The guitar stays in tune and sounds warm and bright. Craftsmanship is first rate, it is a very lightweight guitar. Obviously, I would prefer a few higher end specs like a rosewood fingerboard, a real mother of peal sound hole inlay or a bone nut and saddle but when you get a handmade American guitar at this price you have to be willing to accept some compromises. Fortunately, simplicity, in this case brings forth a perfect standard instrument. The overall quality of the wood, bracing and finish are first rate. The stratabond neck is very smooth and fast. I tried a few guitars at the local music center to compare it to and in my opinion this one had the best tone and feel to my ears and the best feel in my hands.
              From my personal experience, there was no way I was going to buy a guitar made anywhere but the USA but I wasn't going to pay a lot if I could help it. I played the cheaper Martin guitars, and yes, they sounded very good too, but considering that this guitar came with one of the nicest guitar cases I have ever seen and was manufactured with a solid spruce wood top, that alone, makes paying the extra price justified. Plus, in my mind, paying a little extra to insure an American icon such as Martin can continue to manufacture and employ Americans to make guitars in America justifies whatever added expense I paid over their cheaper Mexican made guitars. To be honest, as an American myself, I am inspired by their heritage. This guitar is like a treasure to me, not just a tool. Just like my Fender Strat made in Corona California. Not to be political here but outsourcing labor is not good for our country. I don't care what nationality of the person that helped make the guitar, only that it is assembled right here in the USA. To me it matters.

              Comment on this review

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's everything you've heard

              Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I love this guitar. It is everything I hoped it would be. No matter what style of song I want to play, or how loud or how soft it gets, the guitar is ready and willing. Whatever you demand from it, it's ready to go. I did not find this responsiveness in the all-mahogany Martin guitar at the same price point. Surprisingly, I find it to be my choice for fingerpicking because of its clean articulation. For heavy strumming, even though it is loud,I find it a little muddy, and for that I prefer my Larrivee. One thing that needs mentioning - once it is in tune, it stays in tune like a rock all night long through heavy pounding. The neck is shallow and very fast. I find that I can easily play stuff cleanly on this guitar that I can't on others. However, I find that due to the shallowness of the neck, my left hand gets tired faster in a long night of playing.
              Cosmetically, it is pretty austere, and nothing terribly attractive about it. It is, after all, an economically priced top quality guitar. Tradeoffs had to be made somewhere. However, in my acoustic guitar group, with 20+ guys banging it out, this guitar stands out from the crowd. I was looking for a guitar with a strong bass and a clearly articulated high end to complement my Larrivee which has a big, robust, warm sound. This guitar has exceeded my expectations in filling that bill. While I was searching for the right guitar, another member of our guitar group bought one. Upon first hearing his Martin D1, I knew immediately that I had found the sound quality that I was looking for. When I saw the price, it was a no brainer. I had to get one, and I have not been disappointed!
              From the moment you pick it up and start playing, you know that you have a quality musical instrument in your hands. As mentioned, the neck looks a bit strange, and the sapele sides look a little cheap, but it no longer matters once you start playing the guitar.
              The famous Martin sound at an affordable price! In my estimation, one of the best values around. You cannot go wrong if you like the Martin sound.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              D-1 GT...Stratabond neck is a keeper

              Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              Get one while the body is still solid wood..........who knows what they will be making them out of next year......
              Not a lot of bells and whistles, no neck binding. Decals for trim. But that's fine.
              Stratabond neck is new to me; I think I like it, and I assume it is not as prone to climate changes so the damp air here by the coast should get along with it well. The spruce top is very nice; no flaws I can see anywhere, as well as the solid Sapele back and sides. I got one with a rosewood ( ? ) bridge and fretboard; I believe this model now comes with Micarta (read: phony ebony) for those parts. As to what THAT will mean, who knows? (I'm glad mine is rosewood, though). Get used to seeing more composite materials; the hardwoods are getting , well, hard to get.

              Sound: no complaints. Solid wood dread boom, all the way. I'm sure a D-18 or 28 will sound better but this thing is sweet as can be. ( I use Martin 11's). The stock action was high; I took about 1/16" off the saddle and it's now OK for me.
              For this price you get a solid wood Martin Dread, with a laminated neck. I'm happy.

              Comment on this review

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar. Great Value.

              By Ryan Murry

              from Texas

              Comments about Martin D-1GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I recently visited a music store with the goal of buying an acoustic guitar with a budget of around $1200. I played several guitars. Martins, Taylors, Guilds, Takamines, Yamahas, and various other brands were played with the guitars ranging in price from approx. $500-$1500. When I picked up this guitar I knew it was the perfect one for me. Great tone, great sustain, incredible ease of playability and a great price to boot! This Martin blew every other brand I played out of the water and was tonally and aesthetically comparable to some of the pricier Martin's that the store had in stock. Needless to say, I walked out of the store with this beautiful solid wood guitar and its handsome case in hand (and for 300 bucks less than what my budget allowed for!). Do yourself a favor and buy this guitar!

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