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  • Body size: D-14 Fret cutaway
  • Top: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Bold herringbone
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Martin's dreadnought craftsmanship meets Roland technology.

The dreadnought-size Martin DC-16DGTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts a Venetian cutaway with a satisfyingly deep body. The DC-16GTE guitar's shape means great player comfort and the extra depth contributes presence, projection, and power to the guitar's tone.

The DC-16DGTE guitar's solid Sitka spruce soundboard is polished to a high gloss while the genuine mahogany back and sides are finished to a soft satin luster. Martin appointments include a bold herringbone rosette, black Micarta® fingerboard and bridge, black Boltaron™ top and back bindings, chrome-enclosed tuning machines and Style 28 bridge pins.

The Martin DC-16GTE guitar's Roland AP-1 onboard electronics system offers 3 model-specific "Composite Object Sound Modeling" (COSM) tone variations and includes programmable 7-band EQ, anti-feedback control, digital chromatic tuner, digital reverb, and an LCD display. The result is beautiful natural acoustic tone whether the Martin DC-16GTE guitar is plugged or unplugged. Includes case.


  • Body size: D-14 Fret cutaway
  • Top: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Bold herringbone
  • 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''
  • Bridge material: Black Richlite
  • Bridge style: Belly
  • Tuning machines: Chrome enclosed with small buttons
  • Pickguard: Delmar tortoise color
  • Includes 345 hardshell case
  • Electronics: Roland AP-1

Specially voiced at the Roland factory based upon the specific tonewoods, cutaway, and body dimensions of the DC-16GTE model. Order now.

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Fabulous Guitar for the Money

By Soundfirst

from Stony point ny


  • Elegant Understated
  • Fast neck
  • Perfect size
  • Rich tone
  • Smart Electronics
  • Superb craftsmanship


  • Eats batteries
  • Mini Tuner Buttons

Best Uses

  • Casual use
  • Live Peformance

Comments about Martin DC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I own some stellar guitars, among them a rare J-185 Gibson 1952 and a 000-18 Martin 1923 so I know a great axe when I play one. But I'm not a snob. I bought an inexpensive Rogue D-28 knockoff made in China from MF that's pretty amazing which I use for camping and travel. My point is that the world of guitar making has fundamentally changed in the past few decades and beyond buying a famous marque, you really can get a lot for your hard earned money these days.

That said I'm incredibly impressed by the modestly priced DC16GTE. It has all the signs of a masterfully made instrument by the fabled Martin craftsmen. But most importantly it 'plays itself' and has a full range of balanced sound both acoustic and plugged in. I've received nothing but compliments from listeners and other players so far. Then neck is fast and beautifully finished. The bass is deep and full, midrange not overpowering and highs are crisp. Martin has made great use of modern materials for this baby and rather than chagrined, I feel reassured that the bindings, bridge and neck surface won't easily warp, dent or scratch.

Although I received this guitar as a gift I'm fussy and decided to see if I could find anything out there better for the money and maybe trade up. Verdict: nope! I played multiple Taylors, Gibsons, Martins with the same or twice the price tag and I'm surprised to say few of them matched the ease of playing and tone of the DC16 which was a gem right out of the box! Sure a solid rosewood Taylor sounded great but the action was too high and would need some expensive setup to compare. A Hummingbird / Songwriter was fun but clangy and uneven when played hard. D-28s were big and sweet sounding but typically stiff and hard on the fingers. Forget bending notes. I even bought a sister OMC16gte to compare and liked the wider 1.75" nut but the sound is boxier than the dread. BTW, the DC16 sapele wood even smells great - like a good cigar. The Roland reverb is fine and tuner works well. Haven't played with eq yet but plenty of range to customize the electronic output. The body control contour compliments the piezo nicely and rounds out the sound efficiently.

In conclusion, I either got lucky and have one of those one in fifty gems or Martin did their homework and are applying 150 years of know how along with digital age technology to put together a highly competitive, superb reasonably priced axe you'll have trouble finding fault with. My only nitpick are the mini-tuners which ill probably replace with Gotoh 510 1:21. Otherwise, this is a keeper. One day ill obtain a $15K Olson, but until then, I'll enjoy playing out with this sensible smart versatile chunk of love.

My old Gibson and Martin will hopefully excuse me for not wanting to be constantly retuning and sweating over their welfare. The DC16 is my new best friend. Bravo Martin!

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My First and BEST by Far

By Jimmy Shaffer

from Virgina

Comments about Martin DC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What can i say that i haven't I LOVE MY MARTIN
The conversion from acoustic to electric is great no complaints here.
What can u say it's a Martin. The Quality and workmanship is GREAT.
Compaired to the more expensive D-18 this is as good if not better. GREAT SOUNDS and it nly get s better.

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Horrible set up

By Kori Hanes

from Georga

Comments about Martin DC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Good sounding guitar. Terrible set up.
You would expect a guitar with the price tag that a Martin comes with to at least have a decent set up. The set up on this guitar was terrible.
Clearly the guitar is made with a decent quality wood. It has a goo Martin sound, but came with a horrible set up.
I feel like I did not get my money's worth on this purchase. The factory strings and set up on this guitar was horrible.

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Second Martin guitar

By FieldHand

from New Hampshire, USA

Comments about Martin DC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This DC-16GTE is the second Martin I've owned. I got it to be a stage guitar. So far - I've had it for a month - it has performed brilliantly. The COSM controls are intuitive and easy to use. The ability to switch through 3 variation settings w/ the push of a button is fantastic. Sounds great unplugged as well, not much presence lost to the cutaway or electronics.

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