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Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Introduced at the 2014 Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, the DC-Aura GT comes equipped with Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics and consists of an East ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Special Fishman Aura electronics enhanced a special mix of tonewoods.

Introduced at the 2014 Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, the DC-Aura GT comes equipped with Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics and consists of an East Indian rosewood body with a satin finish and a polished gloss Sitka spruce top featuring a two ring pearl rosette. Added features include a certified African blackwood bridge and fingerboard, with hexagon pearl inlays. The nickel ratio tuners with skeleton knobs allow each string to have its own gear ratio. The skeleton button adds a jewel-like appearance and lessens the weight of the tuners.

Fishman F1 Aura +
The Fishman F1 Aura+ features the stunning realism of award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology in a distinctive and easy-to-use onboard preamp system. The heart of this onboard intelligence is its ability to replicate the sound of nine different world-class studio microphones delivered in an intuitive menu-driven interface that is very versatile with controls placed in perfect position so you won't be slowed down while you are in the middle of performing. You can shape your tone with two low-profile control buttons and a single, large, bright LED display.

F1 Aura+ offers a simplified set of user controls called Easy Mode. This mode allows you to quickly get a feel for the tonal possibilities of F1 Aura+ while providing quick access to the most important features you™ll need every day. Simply press the Tone control to step through three custom-blended Aura Image presets as well as audition the uneffected, Gold Plus pickup sound. The one-knob Tone control blends between a natural, undersaddle sound with no EQ (flat) on up to a œscooped tone with emphasized treble and bass and reduced midrange. For the real tone-tweakers, Martin retained the original Performance Mode as well, giving you full access to F1 Aura' powerful 3-band EQs, compressor and automatic anti-feedback.

Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
Construction: Ply Blocks/Simple Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret Cutaway
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Two Ring - Fiber with Pearl
Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: Style 45
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: none
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: White Boltaron
Top Inlay Style: Black/White/Black Boltaron
Side Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval with Performing Artist Taper
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid Black Ebony
Heelcap: White Boltaron
Fingerboard Material: Certified African Blackwood
Scale Length: 25.4''
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4''
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Hexagon Outline in Regular Pearl
Fingerboard Binding: White Boltaron
Finish Back & Sides: Satin
Finish Top: Polished Gloss
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Certified African Blackwood
Bridge Style: Modified 30s Style with Drop-In Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Nickel Ratio with Skeleton Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
Pickguard: Black
Case: 345 Hardshell
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Fishman F1 Aura +

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MartinSpecial Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice!

By Gino

from Chicago

Pros

  • Fishman pre-amp
  • Martin Sound

Cons

  • The White Binding

Best Uses

  • Practically anything

Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is pretty much as advertised and as you would expect. I like the skeleton key tuners for their distinctiveness, and they are differentially geared which is really nice. Unplugged, this guitar has a lot of sustain and a smooth, even sound. The high notes don't really sing and ring as much as I would love, but maybe that will get better as I play it more.

It seems very nicely set up on arrival, plays easily with no fret buzz.

The Fishman pre-amp is a little complex to operate if you want to use all the features, but it sounds great without any tweaking.

Visually, it looks a little too new and too bright to fit my ideal. If I were the designer, I'd use something other than bright white for the bindings (antique white or even brown or black) and I would also tone down the brightness of the top, yellow it out a little. That said, the mother of pearl inlay around the soundhole and on the frets is really nice. I'm happy to own it and to get to play it. I imagine I'll have it for the rest of my life.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Jerry

from undisclosed

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Pros

  • Great Playability Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing Jamming

    Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I don't normally buy products without reading reviews first. But this Guitar was an exception. My first impression when I opened the case was WOW. When I picked it up I knew I had a keeper. The playability and tone is amazing. It is a Martin through and through. It is a new model but Martin pulled out all the stops in the construction of this Guitar. It is a beautiful instrument. Don't be afraid to buy this one

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Yuioutta

    from Great Falls, MT

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this open box and had some reservations due to not really knowing what was wrong with it. Boy was in for a surprise. Very little sign of being previously played and at a serious price reduction. That all aside, this is one very awesome sounding and super easy to play guitar. I would buy it again at full price if necessary. If you are considering this guitar, I can say the sustain, the tone woods used, it all comes together very well for my ear. When I pull this guitar out of the case I can see the mouths open as people say wow.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Another Great Martin Guitar

      By Acousticman

      from Lexington, Ohio

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      Pros

      • Great sound
      • Nice appointments
      • Sustain

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Live performance

      Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I was looking for a newer model Martin guitar and I chose the 2014 DC Aura GT. I have played for many years part time but in 12/2012 started playing professionally full time. I just completed my 350th professional gig yesterday. I have been using my 2005 Martin SPJC-16RE Acoustic-Electric as my workhorse. I also have a Little Martin A/E and a 2003 Martin D-15 Mahogany Top. The DC Aura GT has great sustain as all Martins do. I like the white binding and the brightness of the guitar as it is a nice change from my other ones. It is equipped with the Fishman F1 Aura + electronics which makes this a great live performance as well as a recording instrument. It comes with an instructional DVD and a booklet for the electronics. It does seem a little complicated at first but if you keep reviewing the step-by-step instructions, it gets easier to understand. It provides a wide range of sound options which make the guitar very versatile. The factory set up is the best action I have encountered on a new Martin so far. I think this is a great deal for the price especially because it has the same state-of-the-art on-board sound system found on the more expensive guitars.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dream Come True

      By drew dorian

      from santa cruz

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        The feel and sound of the classic dreadnought and so much more. The gloss finish spruce top provides the loud, clear, multi frequency response that one expects out of a dreadnought. The cut away and playabiliy make this instrument a jazz, jam, bluesgrass dream. Builtin tuner and mic modeling. Acoustically or electrically you wont be disappointed.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing...but that's what I expect

        By Tulsa Tom

        from Tulsa OK

        Pros

        • Amplifies Well
        • Distinct Highs
        • Rich Deep Tone

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Intimate Gatherings
        • Medium Sized Venues

        Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Martin's new design plays easy and sounds rich. Highs are distinct and bass is mellow. No muddy sounds on this cut-away. It arrived with the action slightly high, but very playable. The Fishman system is easy to use and to quickly edit the settings. I found one extremely minor finish flaw on the neck that the Martin techs missed, a .25mm raised chip of lacquer. It should be easily addressed when I have time.
        Musicians Friend made ordering easy and it was shipped quickly and packed well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just a perfect Martin

        By OneGuy

        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

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        Pros

        • Amazing sound quality
        • Fishman Aura
        • Great playability
        • Perfect look
        • Well made

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Everything

        Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        The guitar is perfect, every detail is completely well made.

        The sound quality is wonderful!

        The Fishman Aura+ have a awesome tone and it's so simple to use!

        Just the best acoustic guitar!!

        Thank you Martin!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A lot of guitar for the money

        By Howd

        from Groton, Ma

        Pros

        • Finish Playability

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • any occasion

        Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I purchased this just over a month ago. Right out of the box I was just amazed. The playability of this guitar is fantastic. Set up was nice and although the electronics can be a little confusing the factory setup works just fine for most occasions. Unplugged it sounds great. Plugged in sounds even better. I've used this for about 4 ot 5 gigs since I got it and love it. I can't put it down.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Bling and sing!

        By Michael

        from C

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        Pros

        • Advanced Audio System
        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Martin Sound & Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues
          • Songwriting

          Comments about Martin Special Edition DC-Aura GT Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is a well endowed model that may be discontinued soon. The Aura+ is beautiful sounding. The next Martin with the Aura+ costs a thousand bones higher. If it's a model with really good inlay like mine the abalone on the neck shines like encrusted diamonds. The ebony and african black wood look great. Every wood here brings enhanced tone. A very even sound. When you play it right, very rich sound with nice highs. And plenty of amplitude. Some of these have factory action that is like an electric dream without the buzz. If you want a Martin, and perform or record, you will appreciate the flexibility and quality this guitar brings.

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