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Martin DR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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Solid spruce top, laminate rosewood back and sides, A-frame cross bracing, and patented neck mortise....Click To Read More About This Product
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Delivers a warm, rich, rosewood tone.
Solid spruce top, laminate rosewood back and sides, A-frame cross bracing, and patented neck mortise.
Reviewed by 27 customers
I have owned this guitar for about 8 years now. It was my first Martin, and the one that turned me into a Martin fan for life. I played a handfull of more expensive guitars in the store, and the only ones that sounded better were the higher end Martins (like the HD 35, HD 28, and the D 41). But at a fraction of the cost, this guitar has the tone of a true Martin. After owning this guitar for a while (and now own my dream guitar in the HD 28) I have to say that this is truly a work horse of a guitar and has mellowed into a very warm and rich sounding instrument with time. I keep Elixir 80/20 medium lights on it and the tone seems to just get better every time I play it. When I travel or take a venture into the woods, this is the guitar that goes with me. It is a rugged and yet beautiful road companion. My wife can not tell the difference (with just her ears) between my DR and my HD 28 most of the time. If you want that Martin tone without the $2500.00 price tag, and a great road companion, you can not go wrong with the DR. Keep her hummidified and some good strings on her and the DR will surprise you time after time!
Do know that this instrument is laminated, so it's more durable for road use, or if you like to really use your instrument. If you want a subtle instrument for the studio, consider another model. Like all acoustics, this one will loosen up and sound better the longer you own it. This model seems to show this more than any of my others. Mine's about 11 years old and really opening up. The rosewood gives a nice balanced tone.
I bought this guitar in 1998 and didn't play it much at first. The last few years however the guitar has really opened up. The bass is tremendous and what I really like about it is the response when you strum it, it has really good attack. I gave it a 4 for features because it's really plain. However, I've put a lowered TUSQ saddle on it and now the action is really fast with no buzz. I also hand-polished out the satin finish with 0000 steel wool and it looks better and I think it improved the sound too. Overall a fantastic guitar, especially for the money. My favorite guitar by a long shot!
This guitar has a very mild sound. Good guitar for a good price.
Great guitar, what a tone! I changed the strings to Exlir lights to calm the volume as I play in a small apt. Had it for 2 days. It will handle any genre of music ya put though it. ENJOY!
- awesome deep resonating sound
- Stage or Campfire
As a bass player originally, I just love the way this guitar sounds. Its deep and almost mystically sounding at the same time. Easy playability. I have played a lot of guitars, most 2 or 3 times the price of this one, and I have found this to be my all time favorite guitar. Ive owned it since new, if anyone can find one now, I highly recommend picking one up
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I purchased this guitar used. It was made in 2009. I took it to the Guitar Center to get it set up the way I prefer. I use Elixir Nanoweb medium 80/20 phosphor bronze strings. I absolutely love the tone and play-ability of this guitar. I like the understated satin finish with simple appointments. If you can find one of these guitars used don't hesitate to purchase it. It plays and sounds as good as any guitar I have played in store.
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I bought my DR in the summer of 2002 and for two years, this guitar, of all my high-ends, is the one I reach for 80% of the time! This is a very warm, rich and powerful instrument. My workhorse, and my baby! Well worth the price - well worth the investment!
This guitar sounds very full with deep bass sound. If you are looking for a great sounding guitar under 1000 dollars, this is it!
I have had my DR for one year now, and use it almost exclusively over several other, high-end guitars. I find it to be a solid instrument, projects sound very well, and that warm rosewood tone sounds heavenly! Excellent instrument and truly fine quality!