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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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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
  • Includes case
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MartinStandard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 32 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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Best Uses

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(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.

       
      5.0

      Best Acoustic ...Period!

      By Dr John

      from Brookfield CT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        Have owned over 100 guitars. (I am 75)....

        This guitar is like no other...looks, sound , playability

        (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.

          (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 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.

              (5 of 6 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.

              (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?

              (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

              (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.

              (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 !

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