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A bright, strong-in-the-midrange tone.
The Martin DM12 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top, laminate mahogany back and sides, A-frame bracing, a solid mahogany neck, and traditional Martin styling details such as a single-band herringbone rosette. Fingerboard and bridge are of East Indian rosewood.
Reviewed by 22 customers
Don't be fooled with the laminate back and sides, This guitar sounds great. It has more than enough volume, And a pretty rich sound (especially in open tunings, it seems to me). If you like to really cut lose and rock out, and your looking for a 12 string. This ones a good choice. By the way, the harmonics ring pretty well also
Bought my DM-12 in 1999, took it to Singapore for 4 years where it warped badly. Brought it to Martin in Nazareth PA in Jan 2009. They evaluated it that day, determined it could not be repaired and sent me a brand new DM-12. Great Guitar with a lifetime warranty to the original owner if you register it. Fantastic!
This is truly the nicest guitar I've ever played. I'm generally an electric artist, but I wanted something for acoustic songs. This is it. It's slightly smaller than a standard dreadnought, but don't let that fool you. This guitar is loud, deep, and full. This guitar manages to combine singy treble with great mids and lows. This is one guitar I will keep forever.
Got my Martin DM-12 about a month ago used and man is this a great guitar. First of all its very loud and porjecting compared to a few $700 Seagulls and Alverezs that I tried. I play in a band where normally this guitar is the only one unamplified and it holds its own. And what a great warm tone! Great value A+++
they're the best! there is no other guitar finer than the martin; in quality, sound or performance! my dad had an old vega mandolin, (i think gibson) banjo and guitar (martin); all of which had only the finest martin strings on them. i kept strings that were never opened in their package for the longest time. my dad used only the best!
I bought my Martin DM12 three years ago and I will never own another brand of guitar. I also own a Martin DX1, but I prefer both the overall sound and the ease-of-play of the DM12. I have always loved the sound of a 12-string, but never realised just how hauntingly beautiful that sound is until I was making it myself... For me, Martin is simply the best guitar maker. The resonance, especially the low end, is just phenomenal. I urge anyone who wishes to own a 12 string to buy Martin. The value of the DM12 is also, in my opinion, unbeatable. I could not be happier with it.
I bought this about 3 yrs ago and a year later took it to a pro to have it setup. The Guy reset my action low and using the special light Elixir 12 strings .10-.47, it plays like a electric guitar fast action and great intonation. The guy who set it up builds his own guitars and he even he said that this DM-12 is a great built guitar a dull look to it but a great sounding and playable guitar for a great price. If you want a great 12 string guitar choose this Martin it is well worth the money you will spend.
I owned, a top of the line, Gibson 12 string, many years ago. It was a great guitar. This time I decided to try Martin. I've owned it for 10 months now, playing almost daily.What a beautiful playing instrument!!It's a bit smaller, and doesn't have the finish of the Gibson, but for tonal quality, ease of playing, it's as good - maybe even a little better.If your interested in sound, and cost is an issue, you won't beat the DM12.
As with any 12-string, tuning takes some getting used to. All-in-all, great guitar. An acoustic-electric version would be cool, a sound hole pick-up works well though.
This guitar is really wonderful sounding. For the price I would've expected something that sounded a lot cheaper, but Martin really impressed me. My only problem is affording strings... currently, I have mine strung as a 6 string due to some of the octave-higher strings breaking. As a 12 this guitar has a beautiful resonance and full harmonic sound... as a six string it has a hell of a lot of warmth and WAY more sustain than a standard 6 string due to the larger head stock. All in all this guitar is a great deal as you can use it as an amazing 6 string or an amazing 12 string!