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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!
Full bass, bright treble. No regrets in returning the Acoustic Electric Ibanez and upgrading to this awesome instrument. I've had this since 2000 my sophomore year of college. Even though I had to eat ramen for 6 months, I am happier now with it than I am when I got it. The tone just keeps getting better. Priceless. :D So much so, I finally installed a pickup, not any pickup but one that would accurately capture the tone of this instrument with no controls whatsoever, sclaboratories.com. GET This guitar.
I've had this guitar for six years now, and it has been the best investment I have made to date. It plays like a charm, beautiful highs, clear lows. This guitar doesn't seem to be as sensitive to humidity as other Martins, perhaps do to the composite rosewood? Either way, enjoy the thousand dollars you saved buying this guitar. Awesome buy
The DR has a bouncy action that makes your acoustic guitar picking take on a little something extra, an added dimension. The sound is quite rich and projects very well. The action is good, although it is of course not comparable to playing an electric! Acoustic picking takes a bit more effort because the strings are bigger and heavier, for the most part. But this is a good value. Martins can cost thousands, so to get one in this price range is a good deal. And any luthier will tell you that what really makes an acoustic sound like an acoustic is the spruce top! It doesn't actually matter that the back and sides are rosewood laminate and not pure rosewood...but of course if you can afford another few thousand, go for the solid woods! I don't mind playing an acoustic that is not electric too because you can always plug in with a good Fishman soundhole pickup....The guitar has a rather plain top, not all shiny and buffed out with lacquer, but it has natural wood beauty going for it! Of course I love the dreadnaught body style, and the guitar has good depth, from top to back.
Martin Quality for under a thousand bucks!? This guitar is amazing for the price point. That is the backpanel and sides are laminate composite rosewood. So while you get a nice rich deep tone from the bass it's not as if it is solid rosewood. It's an important disctinction to bear in mind when making the purchase. The deep warm tones make for awesome playing and chilling at home for hours. This is not a studio guitar however...there is some limits in the midrange, but overall you don't really care as you sip lemonade and sit on a fatter wallet after not spending an arm and a leg on a great guitar. If you're looking for a similar construction guitar but with higher quality materials take a look at the Martin D-28.
I got my DR as an anniversary present in September of 2001, a high spot in a very low month. When I tried it out, it sounded as good as anything else in the store... D28s and custom Taylors included. It still has a marvelous whole sound that has become a little fatter and more round with age... hmmmmm... could this guitar be human? I'm still amazed that it will stay completely in tune for months at a time. Today I found a 30 year old DiMarzio sound hole pickup in a box in my basement. Slapped it on the DR and couldn't put it down.
I've had my Martin DR since 2001 and loving every minute of playing it! It not only looks good, but more importantly it always gives outstanding performances everytime! Recommend it w/o hesitation!
This guitar had the best sound of any acoustic I've played. Better than the expensive Taylors, Larivee's, and custom made guitars.
I purchased this guitar because I couldn't afford the one I wanted. What a lucky break! This has been one of the best sounding guitars I've ever played. I get compliments all the time. Martin did it right.
had the DR for over 6 months now and am VERY satisfied with it. i love everything about it, especially the rich bass. only reason why i put a 9 for quality instead of 10 is because the top tends to scratch easily. this fact, however, is easily combatted by being a little more cautious when handling it. so far no scratches here! :)
Well the guitar is a great guitar for someone who is looking for a good guitar to have for a low price and has great quality.