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Martin DM12 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin DM12 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top, laminate mahogany back and sides, A-frame bracing, a solid mahogan...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.


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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Twice the strings, 4 times the sound

By Quention Nash

from Woodbury, Tennessee

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome guitar...

By benwahballboy

from Fort Collins, CO

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!

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By Rich S

from Ridgefield Ct

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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar!

By HighFlyinBird

from Michigan

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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+++

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best Sound at low cost

By Acbaman

from Pensacola FL

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I bought the DM-12 and installed a Fishman Rare Earth II stacked coil humbucker and Elixir Strings. I run it through a Boss AD-5 unit then into my board. The sound can't be beat! If you close your eyes and listen you really can't tell the difference between the DM-12 and the D-12/28. It is a GREAT instrument.

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By babydmt

from chicago, il

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


don't be fooled

By Bomchain

from Ketchikan Alaska

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


If you get the chance...get one

By Teach

from North Carolina


  • Great sound, ease of playing, love the finish


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    I have owned my 1997 DM12 from day one. It us 20 years later and I just finished playing it again. If that isn't a great testimony to the greatness of this instrument, I don't know what would be.
    What has really surprised me is how the wood has darkened and the grain is starting to show better. It has also added a warmer sound from when it was brand new. I own several different guitars, and this is one of the three that constantly sits in the living room. Never out of arms reach.

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    Rich full sound, nice action, a pleasure to play

    By Dmplayer12

    from Joliet, Illinois

    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.


    Quality Investment

    By Karen from St. Lucas

    from Milwaukee, WI

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    I've owned an HD-28 for almost 25 years, and wished for a 12-string that I could love as well as it. Financial realities are such that a D12-28 is out of reach. I bought the DM-12 and have been very pleased. Perfect action out of box, and great ringing, LOUD tone. Very low-key satin finish.

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