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Martin DC-16GTE Premium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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This 16 series cutaway dreadnought is built for big, resonant tone with a solid spruce top and solid mahogany body. The Fishman Premium Blender stere...Click To Read More About This Product
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Bold dreadnought sound with premium Fishman electronics.
This 16 series cutaway dreadnought is built for big, resonant tone with a solid spruce top and solid mahogany body. The Fishman Premium Blender stereo electronics deliver breathtakingly accurate amplification. The final touch is a polished gloss top. Includes Martin vinyl hardshell case.
The Fishman Prefix Premium Blend electronics including an onboard chromatic tuner, a gooseneck-style internal microphone, and a streamlined new look.
Standard on the Prefix Premium Blend is the acclaimed Acoustic Matrix under-saddle pickup. To compliment and contrast this pickup, the miniature gooseneck microphone captures the guitar's elusive natural ambience and sound chamber resonance. You can blend the pickup and the microphone together for a powerful and cohesive acoustic guitar tone that is deeper and more "filled out", than the sound of either the microphone or pickup alone.
The Premium Blend's preamp module incorporates a unique flip-top battery compartment for easy access. Levels are set by the master volume and blend controls.
Traditional shelving-style bass and treble, plus a semi-parametric "Contour" EQ are included so you can shape your guitar's tone exactly to taste. With the flick of a switch, you can choose between stereo or mono signal paths for the system's pickup and microphone. This feature expands your options for routing both signals.
Also includes a phase switch and an adjustable notch filter, both essential for fighting feedback.
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After several months of looking and looking at different guitars - mostly more expensive guitars - I found a particular Martin DC-16GTE that I kept coming back to. It was delightfully playable and the sound was always wonderful, no matter what day, what time, what weather. It just always sounded and felt "right". So, I bought it. Once I owned it and could spend all the time I wanted with it I found that the more time I spent with it the more impressed I was with it. Every joint, every seam, every interface between parts was perfect. Frankly, I was astonished at how natural materials could be combined so flawlessly. After owning this guitar for two years it still amazes me. It's not particularly ornate - that's not my style. But, it's got, IMHO, everything necessary in a guitar. And it has it all in good balance, packaged cleanly, and with more integrity than I found in any other guitar out there. I still browse the expensive guitars. And every now and then I find one that sounds as good as mine or plays as nicely. I rarely find one that does both. But, when I do it's usually two or three times as expensive as mine and laden with goofy extraneous geegaws that leave me cold. There's a reason that Martin is considered The standard of excellence among acoustic guitars. And the longer I own this one the more I appreciate it.
I took some of my Dad's inheritance money and searched for my future "family heirloom. I loved my Ibanez, my classical Yamaha...thought I would die for a Taylor..but after months of searching for a Taylor that would do justice to my Dad'd memory every time I played it, and then pass along to my son some day...I just couldn't take to the Taylor. I played about 20 of them but when I played my first Martin D16 GTE I knew the search was over.It totally fills my needs and is super with DADGAD high capoed stuff also. I returned to the store twice now with it for a loosened pickup nut and a minor neck adjustment due to winter weather. The response and help I get at the music shop when they see the Martin symbol on the case is very gratifying. I know I made the right choice.
I've been looking for a nice second-hand guitar for a while now. I'm strictly an amateur- some finger-picking, a little slide (I have a WWII Regal set pretty high for that) and some 3-chord hippie tunes- but I've been playing for over 40 years, so I can recognize a quality instrument when it's in my hands.I found my Martin at a local store frequented by Austin musicians. It had quite a few "whiskey dents" and the price was marked down to $500- well within my budget of under a grand. This thing practically played itself. The owner showed me several pricier guitars, but I would have payed twice as much for this one and still felt ahead of the game. Like butta.
I just got this guitar for christmas and it plays perfectly. I have had a fiew concerns about the wood being 2 diferent levels on both sides of the bridge but I looked al some other martins that had the same thing. It plays great I think the greatest part is the playability. I
I wanted a guitar that would sound good both in studio and onstage and around the campfire. This guitar sounds as good as any guitar out there. Of course it comes down to personal taste. I almost bought a Taylor that had a really bright sound. Beautiful sound as well but it was more for pickers and lead. I wanted a great rhythm guitar that still could be used on leads. This guitar has great low bottom sound and the high are good too, i guess you take out the mids a bit but its perfect for a sing songwriter type. Plus its a martin and i intend to keep mine forever and hand it down to my kids someday.
After about a year the top started to sink. It has now sunk about 3/16" at the bridge measured with a straightedge across the lower bout. There are no loose braces or visible damage. Now I have to send it to Martin at my expense and probably pay for them to give an estimate on repair costs.
Guitar Comments: The Martin DC-16GTE Premium is absolutely top notch. The action was set up perfectly right out of the box. I went over the guitar with a magnifying glass and mirror and the guitar was in immaculate condition. The pictures do not do justice to the gloss top and mahogony sides...beautiful. I tuned it up and the tone produced the deep lows and crisp highs you expect from Martin. I plugged it in to the church sound system, and the electronics passed through the warmth of the sound, no muddiness whatsoever! You can't go wrong with this guitar!
I have now owned this guiat for approx 3 weeks and I am more impressed now than I ever was. I also played a lot of different brands (Maton, Cole Clark etc) before buying and this one was the only one that felt 'right'. In terms of value, I live in Australia and everything seems to cost 3 times the price here but still I think I got great value. This is such a stunning sounding instrument.
I bought this guitar 2 weeks ago after debating over it and a Gibson. I'm so glad I bought this one. The electronics are great, they have the "bend" feature (mic and bridge pickup), as well as a chromatic tuner built in. Acoustically, the sound is amazing. It has a very warm tone. The action is low and the neck is fairly wide. I brought it to work and everyone that played on it commented on the playability. Plugged in it sounds excellent, which is a must for those "acoustic only" gigs. I've tried it through both a mixer and a PA and both sound great. I love the ability to use the stereo feature, which allows you to record the mic and pickup simultaneously on different tracks so you can blend them how you see fit in the final stages. Overall a wonderful guitar for the price!