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Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top that generates rich Martin tone, while gorgeous rosewood back and sides add crisp ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The nostalgic look and feel of pre-war period guitars.

The Martin D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top that generates rich Martin tone, while gorgeous rosewood back and sides add crisp projection. Vintage features include forward-shifted scalloped bracing, traditional Martin Style 45 snowflake fingerboard inlays, elegant grained ivoroid bindings on the top and lush ebony fretboard, and gold tuning gears with butterbean knobs. 


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Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world. 


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Bound solid spruce top
Rosewood back and sides
Bound ebony fretboard
Grained ivoroid binding
Ebony bridge
Gold butterbean tuners
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MartinStandard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin D42

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

The Martin is, as usual, fantastic in construction and trim.
Like others, I have reached the age (69) that I can afford the finer things in life. I own a Gibson Les Paul, a Guild G45, and now a Martin D42. It is a mavelous instrument. The only complaint I have is that the Martin does not make me play any better. It is, however, the pride of ownership that makes me happy.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It really is that good

By Mtn Sun

from Evergreen CO

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I lost a HD-28 and a 000-15m in a house fire. Very bummed as they were friends. I decided to combine the money and get a D-42 to replace them both. At first I will admit I missed my HD and thought I made a mistake and should have used the money to get a HD-28 and a OM-21 or 28. Then the D-42 started to open up...

      My D-42 is simply the best guitar I have ever played. I have never had a guitar that you can just feel the music so closely, it really does speak. Its hard to explain, but this guitar just feels alive and I get lost in it all the time. I love it.

      It is nothing like the 000-15m so there is not much to say there. Compared to the HD-28 its more resonate and has better note articulation. I guess if that is better or not depends on your style. I still think the HD-28 is the bar for what a guitar should be and if you like to Boom--Huck and the 000-15m is also a great guitar. The D-42 just clears those bars easily.

      In the long run it might even save you money by curring GAS! I have thought about a few 000's since I got my D-42, but so far in every music store every acoustic I have played just does not cut it compared to the D-42. They are silly expensive, but worth it.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Martin

      By bc-tahoeguitarjunkie

      from Tahoe City, California

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have a 1997 D-42 and play at least weekly with a group of guys all with assorted Martins. I also have a 2001 Martin HD-28, 1963 Gibson B-25, and a 1978 Guild blondie 12-string, and more. In my group the guys play a Martin D-45, D-41, (2) J-40's, D-28, M-15, and other assorted Taylor, Alvarez, and Kotch acoustic guitars. I have played every one of them, and I wouldn?t trade my beautiful D-42 for any one of them. I honestly would take it over the D-45, probably because my cheap friend wouldn?t change strings often so it was never as sweet as my -42. Everyone in the group (even the -45 owner) all seem to prefer the low-key snowflake motif. Soundwise, next to my HD-28 it has a very rich, balanced and silky tone. While it has a solid and warm bass end it is not as boomy as my HD-28. Well built, and is played all the time, it has endured and become a special axe all my guitar amigos envy. It has no pickup, but sounds outrageous mic?d. Sometime I would like to put a Fishman under-bridge and Eclipse Blender in it like my HD-28 has. In the meantime, it is humming away every chance I get my hands on it.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Martin D-42

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Besides being a work of art, it plays easily and the tone is fantastic.
      Update. After owning this instrument for a month, it ha become my favorite guitar. It moved the SST to second, the Guild to third, and the Les Paul to last.
      The workmanship is impeccable.
      A little pricy for the average player, but it is an investment in quality.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      after three years

      By PJP

      from montreal quebec

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      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I spent a good 3 months in decieding which acoustic guitar to buy that would be my only acoustic for the rest of my life. My first decicion was I wanted that martin sound. After serious consideratin and a lot of hours in different guitar shops my desision was the D-42. It has the tone of an aged martin and keeps getting better. It has the beauty without over too much bling-bling. The action is superb. It even sells for more than I paid for it 3 years ago, so its gone up in value. I play more often now since its such a pleasure to play. For me it was a lot of money to spend. Would I do it again.....ni a heart beat. I could not have made a better chice

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BEST MARTIN EVER MADE

      By THE MAN-4M3gy

      from DENMARK

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This 42 sounds way better than anything else among high end acoustics. Its both warmer and brighter than the D-45 (and 41) and actually I think, that its also looking better and more "simpel-straight"... for about half the price! Its not only the best Martin. I seriously mean, that this is THE acoustic guitar in the world - and as a pro Ive played them all. Ill buy it next month. Its got to be mine !

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow, Wow, Wow

      By Martin-fk5rZ

      from Nebraska

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I had been shopping around for a high end acoustic for about a year. I found one. I had my sights set on a Taylor 914ce until I played the Martin D-42. Unplugged this thing fills a room with sound. Warm, rich, and absolutely incredible sound. I used to play a couple of times a week, now I play everyday. The best of the best have played Martin over the years and many play this model. When I am not playing it I am looking at it. It's a real beauty. I am still in the early stages of getting to know it so I always wipe it down before I put it away each day. Some people prefer Taylor, some Guild, some Gibson but one thing is for sure. No one, not even a Taylor fanatic will be able to say anything bad about this guitar. Spend the money, get the D-42 and you won't have any regrets.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nicest guitar I have ever owned

      By Tony the Teacher

      from Phoenix, AZ

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      Pros

      • Flawless Finish
      • Rich Sound
      • Wonderful Tone
      • Work Of Art

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I've owned several Martins for years, and I took the plunge and ordered a D-42, partly for the scalloped forward bracing for bigger bass, and partly for the workmanship and appearance. I have not been disappointed. This guitar is just a thing of beauty, and I have a feeling that it will just keep getting better as it aqes. There will always be arguments about whether or not other Martins are better or worse than this one, but for the price, which isn't cheap, it's well worth the money.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        How does a D42 compare to a D41?

        By Dr John

        from Arizona

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        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I've had a D41 since 1979 and thought it was the most beautiful thing both to the eye and the ear. I wondered at the reviews, could a D42 sound better than perfection? Well, the answer is it's a different form of perfection. The D42 had presence to it. Like some actors/actresses have that special quality that makes the audience take attention. The D42 is like that. It has stage presence that will leave you bewildered at the incredible quality and intricacy of sound coming from it. It's bliss. Get one and you won't regret it. The reviews are true, oh so true.
        It has gold hardware that feels much less substantial that the D41. Inlay is pleasing to the eye and understated. Even so I can't fault what's there.
        Perfect finish, perfect wood, perfect tone. Built with Martin quality behind it. Its not as pretty as my old D41, the woods available have changed over the years. The tuners are less substantial.
        How much is a piece of heaven worth to you?

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A dream to play

        By Retired-OtyzZ

        from Poquoson, VA

        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        This guitar can carry the entire rhythm section.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My last guitar

        By Guitarman135

        from New Hampshire

        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Only owned it a month but I am done guitar shopping. This D42 puts my other 2 Martins to shame. They sound great until I put one down and pick this one up. Buy it now. I wish I hadn't waited until I was 66 to buy mine.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Search is OVER!!!

        By ChrisinSanRamon

        from San Francisco

        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought mine two months ago, and every morning that I play, I can't believe how good it sounds, even with 8 week old dead strings. Last week, I jammed with my buddy who has a D-35, and I buried him. I used to think that the D-35 was the ultimate in that "Martin" sound, but the D-4 it's kinda like the D-35 sound level is at a 5, and the D-42 is at a 10. The forward shifted bracing I guess. Who knows, but whatever it is, it works.So, if your looking for that "Martin Sound", get a D-42. Nothing else comes close. I should add that it's not bad to look at either!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By EAStone

        from Pennsylvania

        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought this guitar in 2002. It has a great sound. The bass and treble are well balanced with good projection. It's a bit expensive,but well worth it. A friend, who is a well known studio recording artist, says it has a better sound than the Brazilian rosewoods he has played. Just remember, all guitars are unique. It's best to play it before you bought it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A beautiful, expensive instrument

        By Martin Man-DXPcJ

        from California

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        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Sounds wonderful. A work of art to hold and look at. Obviously very pricey. I have not heard a guitar from another maker at a similar price that sounds nearly as good.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This One's Near the Top!

        By Joe-3QMmH

        from Sacramento, CA

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        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Ahhh....pure luxury! Everything about this guitar is beautiful. The woods, the appointments, the tone, all are about the best you can get. If you have the bucks, you won't go wrong here. If anyone tells you different, it's probably because they can't afford one!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Guitar

        By LovemyMartin

        from McDonough, Ga

        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        My D-42 is the second Martin I've owned. My first was a HD-28 that someone liked it better than I did I guess because they lifted it out of my car via a window they broke out.The D-42 has the rich sound I like on the low strings and the bright sounds on the high strings. Also I can tell more differance between types of strings with the D-42. I use John Pearce light guage phosphor bronze strings for country or blues and Martin Bluegrass for Bluegrass. A great guitar with a great look.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Martin

        By Victory Pete

        from RI

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            This is a terrific Martin. I have had an HD-28 since 1998 and thought it was all I needed, but now that I have a new D-42 I am quite complacent now. The forward shifted scallop bracing produces a nice full open and responsive sound. Fit and finish is extraordinary, not a blemish or defect to be found. I love the abalone and the snow flakes on the fretboard and the bridge. Great job Martin.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Ultimate Guitar

            By Kitesurfer314

            from Atlantic City

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            Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I recently bought my D-42 and I can't get home fast enough after work. It is in my opinion the most beautiful Martin made. The wood is of the finest quality. The inlay is stunning but not too much. The fret board is understated but elegant. Along with the retro style tuners, snowflake inlayed bridge and block letters on the headstock, this guitar looks like an heirloom of the highest order. Everytime I open the case it blows me away. That rosewood smell is also intoxicating. Soundwise I have heard nothing better. It is balanced with power. Sweet and rich. I have had a first rate player pick it up and just blow the room away. His face while he was playing it said it all. All he kept saying was "wow" and "ohhh". It is really special. I feel lucky to own this guitar and it is already in my will. Martin the company is first rate and I highly recommend the tour of the factory. I do not regret my purchase one bit. I bought the book on the history of Martin & Co. and I feel honored to play one.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simply brilliant

            By Renée

            from Cpenhagen, Denmark

            Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            This is really an amazing guitar. It sounds unbeliveable bright and sweet, and is worth every penny. I am fortunate enough to own both a D-35 and a OM42 already, and as you know, it's hard for a new guitar to compete with the ones you have grown up with. But the D-42 manages and actually gives me the best of the two others, plus something extra. A really, really nice guitar.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Majestic

            By borba ninety five

            from Utah

            Comments about Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar is simply majestic and awe inspiring. Many beautiful romance songs have I written due to this work of art. Never in my life have I cried more than the day I brought mine home and told it that it was home.

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