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Martin DC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The dreadnought-size Martin DC-16DGTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts a Venetian cutaway with a satisfyingly deep body. The DC-16GTE guitar's shape m...Read More

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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. Includes case.

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 comes with the Fishman Matrix Infinity onboard electronics system. The Fishman Matrix Infinity is an undersaddle acoustic guitar pickup and preamp system that delivers transparent and natural sound allowing your instrument's natural tone to be heard in amplified performances. This Fishman pickup system is noted for providing crystal clear string response, balance, and sensitivity. The pickup senses the motion of the entire saddle, providing superb string-to-string balance and great sensitivity to the guitar strings and guitar top. The Fishman Matrix Infinity features switchable voicing and full volume and tone control with minimal tone coloration.

  • 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: Fishman Matrix Infinity

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MartinDC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Awsome Guitar

By Labchemicals

from Oceana, WV


  • Action
  • Craftsmanship
  • Keeps tune
  • Tone


    Best Uses

    • Anywhere needed

    Comments about Martin DC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar goes above and beyond expectations. I have owned many other brands of guitars in the past and none compare to this Martin. The action is great for individual notes or for fast changes in chords. It is very easy to play when strumming a good rhythm with no rattle or hum at any point on the neck.

    The guitar also holds tune extremely well in temperature changes. The first gig I played with this guitar was outside with 90+ degree temperatures while the sun was out. As night came on, the temperature dropped about 20 degrees. I only needed to adjust 3 strings by about 35 cents on a strobe tuner as the evening passed. I was impressed with how well the tuning held through the program.

    The guitar is also easy to use with a capo. Some guitars change tuning with a capo, but not this one. Certain keys are difficult to play so I admit I use a capo when needed. The tuning held and did not need to be adjusted when the capo was in use.

    A family member owns a Martin D-28. We played his guitar alongside this one and he admitted he loved the way this guitar sounded. The body is about 3/8" smaller in thickness than the D-28 so it does not have the full bottom end when played alongside it. The acoustic sound is rich from the upper lows through the highs, but is still a rather full sound. When plugged into a system the EQ really makes everything sound the way guitars were meant to sound. The electronics in other guitars are a joke compared to this guitar and I only needed to turn the volume up to about 60% to get the volume other guitars would give when turned up completely. The bottom end is fully present when plugged in.

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    Really nice guitar

    By sauceman

    from okc, ok


    • Clean Sound
    • Great Value
    • Nice Resonance
    • Solid Electronics
    • Solid Woods


      Best Uses

      • Around the campfire
      • Live performance
      • Recording
      • Strumming By The Camp Fir

      Comments about Martin DC16GTE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar. I've played everything from Gibson J45's and Hummingbirds to Seagull Artist guitars and a variety of Martins. This guitar has as good a sound as any I've played. The electronics are not as nice as Taylor's expression pickups, but still really nice. It's perhaps the best outside of a Taylor in this department. I have a Seagull Artist CW Qii that I also play a lot. I give the Martin a slight edge. You will not be sorry with this purchase. The quality and sound are great.

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      • No

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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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      • Yes

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      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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      (4 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


      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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      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


      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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