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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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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 23 customers
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.
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!
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!
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+++
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.
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!
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
- Great sound, ease of playing, love the finish
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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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.
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.
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.
Great sound, love the satin finish, take it anywhere and great price! Beats Taylor 355 in tone and playability.
I shopped around and played several other brands including the Taylor 12 strings. I believe the Martin plays better and has an unbeatable tone for the price! Hats off to Martin for a great 12 string!
I really enjoy this guitar! Have owned mine for 3 years, purchased in 2002...it's my first Martin!Wonderful quality and sound. I use it with a Dean Markley soundhole pickup thru an old '79 Peavey Classic 50 tube amp. A fine instrument you can keep forever.
Oozes quality and has a full rich sound. I unpacked it, took it out of the case and it was perfectly in tune. Since buying it, I play it more than my 6 string D16. Fabulous.
A very good guitar. Holds it's tune well and easy to play! Sounds good too!
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.
Outstanding guitar! It's what you should expect from Martin. Bought it simply because I've always wanted a 12 string - plus we were doing some acoustic numbers. It has added a whole new range to the music. Excellent guitar for the money. I expected a Martin that sounds this good to be much more expensive - not the case. This one is very reasonably priced and sounds like it should cost about $1000.00 more. Get one - you won't be sorry.
I love my 12-string Martin!