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Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar 

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The D-45 is the most ornately appointed guitar in the Martin line.

Martin has put more than 900 individual pieces of abalone into the bindings and inlays of the top, sides, back, and rosette of the D-45 Dreadnought Acoutic Guitar. Large 'C.F. Martin' abalone letters adorn the headstock; abalone hexagon inlays are used as position markers on the bound ebony fingerboard. Solid spruce top and traditional Martin bracing pattern generate fantastic tone from this beautiful guitar. Features rich solid rosewood sides and 2-piece back. Limited lifetime warranty. 


The D-45 Dreadnought includes a deluxe Martin hardshell case.

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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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. 


FEATURES
  • 900-piece abalone bindings and inlays
  • Abalone logo on headstock
  • Bound ebony fretboard
  • Rosewood sides and 2-piece back
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MartinStandard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

martin d-45 and it's place in time

Just fantastic
Well, how do I make this clear. First of all, an acoustic guitar is really just a mirror made out of wood;l in other words, whatever you can...Read complete review

Just fantastic
Well, how do I make this clear. First of all, an acoustic guitar is really just a mirror made out of wood;l in other words, whatever you can do, IT will do. I've been playing almost 30 years and can tell you that learning to play steel-string is an EVOLUTION. An evolution of your taste, your ability, but also it's a continued undestanding of what makes a guitar sing: Voicings and strings. Without all these things you cannot evolve.

What a martin brings to the table (ESP the D-45) is the vehicle to make these expressions in my opoinion. For example, I play the same thing on 2 guitars and one of them is a D-45 -- THAT is where we should begin the review, a comparison to a baseline variable.

I've owned both old klunkers and nice steel string guitars. But it wasn't until late '07 that I had the dough to lay down on a Marty. I went with a D-42 for econ reasons (about 3400.00 at that time). She was a beut' ... However, a few years later I went into the shop and test drove a new D-4 and let me tell you there was just NO comparison there.... NONE.
The D-45, when put together correctly and set to go is about as close to driving a Ferarri Enzo as a working-class guitarist can ever get. She was so fast, and so bright, big, and loud it was jaw-dropping -- not only for me, but for several others in the sound room, no kindding.

I decided right then and there I would lay down the money to get her. And only this particular one, too. Each one is different. YOU MUST SHOP and COMPARE.

This is the nicest guitar I've ever played in my life..... Endless enjoyment is hard to put a price on.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

martin with finish comming off

bought this guitar in 1985 every thing is great about this guitsr except after a few years the finish started comming off in pieses contacted martin. they said finish was only garinteed for one...Read complete review

bought this guitar in 1985 every thing is great about this guitsr except after a few years the finish started comming off in pieses contacted martin. they said finish was only garinteed for one year only.so much for thair lifetime garintee .i realy babied this guitar i will never buy another martin guitar

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(16 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

martin d-45 and it's place in time

By Jon Mould

from Boston MA

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Just fantastic
Well, how do I make this clear. First of all, an acoustic guitar is really just a mirror made out of wood;l in other words, whatever you can do, IT will do. I've been playing almost 30 years and can tell you that learning to play steel-string is an EVOLUTION. An evolution of your taste, your ability, but also it's a continued undestanding of what makes a guitar sing: Voicings and strings. Without all these things you cannot evolve.

What a martin brings to the table (ESP the D-45) is the vehicle to make these expressions in my opoinion. For example, I play the same thing on 2 guitars and one of them is a D-45 -- THAT is where we should begin the review, a comparison to a baseline variable.

I've owned both old klunkers and nice steel string guitars. But it wasn't until late '07 that I had the dough to lay down on a Marty. I went with a D-42 for econ reasons (about 3400.00 at that time). She was a beut' ... However, a few years later I went into the shop and test drove a new D-4 and let me tell you there was just NO comparison there.... NONE.
The D-45, when put together correctly and set to go is about as close to driving a Ferarri Enzo as a working-class guitarist can ever get. She was so fast, and so bright, big, and loud it was jaw-dropping -- not only for me, but for several others in the sound room, no kindding.

I decided right then and there I would lay down the money to get her. And only this particular one, too. Each one is different. YOU MUST SHOP and COMPARE.

This is the nicest guitar I've ever played in my life..... Endless enjoyment is hard to put a price on.

(12 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

martin with finish comming off

By country singer

from tillsonburg ontario canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Finish Pealing Off
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Jamming Practice Recordin
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

bought this guitar in 1985 every thing is great about this guitsr except after a few years the finish started comming off in pieses contacted martin. they said finish was only garinteed for one year only.so much for thair lifetime garintee .i realy babied this guitar i will never buy another martin guitar

(11 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT GUITAR - BUT OVERPRICED

By TAYLORFAN50

from st louis

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Take a Martin D-41 and add about $3,000 dollars to the price... and you have a D-41 with more abalone which is now transformed into a D-45.Save your money - buy the D-41. You won't be able to tell the difference in a blindfold test between the 2 guitars.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best, Just the Best

By Scooterflash

from Florida

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Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I own a 1962 Martin D-45, yes it's 48 years old...and sounds much better today than it did when I first purchased in in 1975. With over 4 decades of playing many, many acoustics, my experience has taught me that hand-built acoustics by master luthiers is the way to go. But even though Martin is a production-line guitar, the D-45 is the standard by which all other acoustic guitars are measured. Some have said the D-45 sounds the same as a D-41 or D-42, just with more abalone. That is simply not true. One has to have an experienced, practiced ear, but the D-45 is different from the D-41 or D-42. Especially with vintage age, the sound is huge, the projection is unmatched and the sweet, sweet tone cannot be touched even by most hand-built guitars. I've played a few hand builds that sound better, but they cost over $20,000.00. So the Martin D-45 is quite a steal at this price. Don't bother with D-45V vintage re-make. The plain D-45 is the same guitar without the vintage finish, and besides your new D-45 will develop that same vintage finish over time anyway, just be patient. If you buy this guitar, plan on owning it the rest of your life and passing it on to your children as an heirloom.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Near Perfect Sound

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Sounds that make you situp and take notice!I play by ear,and this D-45 sounds better than my HD-28 my D-35 and my Taylor 910LT which is very pretty but not even close to the sound of my Martin D-45 I have owned it a long enough time to know, and it is still getting better!If you want a really unique sounding guitar, and can spend the money, I recomend the Martin D-45 as the way to go!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin d45 acoustic

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

You recognise the sound as soon as you play it. Balance between the strings, oustanding solo or rhythm sound. Ease of playing. Always a joy to play and hear. What more can a guitar player want?

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

There is a reason

By Guitar Strummer

from Cisco, Tx

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

  • Everything
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

GREAT Guitar, I bought mine used, a 1991 model. There is a reason for the high price. The quality of material and workmanship are unmatched.I trade a LOT of guitars. I have never seen any guitar to try to compare a Martin D45 with. Taylors, Gibsons, don't come close in my opinion.. LOVE this guitar.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING GUITAR

By allycat

from Portland ME

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

The Martin D5 is the best guitar I've ever played hands down in 11 years of playing. I'm amazed at the quality and tone, and the feel of this dream instrument. Martin has a legendary history and the d45 exemlifies the best Martin has to offer. I satdown with this instrument a d played and the high tones were incredible. I want this guitar. Martin, you have my seal of approvel.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I own a taylor 914ce, and it is a great pro quality guitar. But this is something special. In my mind taylor has martin beat until you get past the martin d42. You sure do get what you pay for with this baby, with beautiful crisp highs and deep lows. Martins just get better sounding with time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

what a guitar!

By rtease53

from G.B.,WI

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This is one of 3 Martins I own. And By far the one I play the most. Not only is it a pleasure to play and listen to, but also one beautiful looking piece of art!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ultimate guitar!

By Airborne1zero

from US Army/Korea

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I discovered this 1970 model D-45 in a music store in Anchorage, Alaska in 1994. I played it in the "humidity maintained" room for two years before finally affording to buy it. It has traveled with me all over the world and is simply the most resonant, brightest, bassiest guitar money can buy. Top quality yielding years of playing excellence!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The King of Acoustics

By a d i d 024

from NH

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is the most amazing guitar around. The sound quality (with a fresh set of D'adario Custom Lights) is perfect. It has the warmth and tone of a Martin, and a brightness of a Taylor. For quality... it's a Martin guys. Seeing as how the cards were dealt to me, I received this as an heirloom from my father, a passionate musician. I guess, for me, the value for a D-45 is a 10, but the value of mine to me is priceless. It is a treasure and an asset.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You get what you pay for

By Oldevillagerun1895

from Texas

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

You buy the Martin name and quality. I just took mine out of the case after about of year not playing it and it was exactly in tune as I left it. You can NOT beat the quality. I have had this one for about 8 years - nothing has faded, cracked, or loosened. It is exactly how I bought it. Value has appreciated tremendously and it is not even the stock market. Sound is exactly as you hear the old mellow tunes on the radio. I remember the first time I strummed it - I smiled with disbelief. You get what you pay for. It IS expensive. But tell me another expensive guitar that holds up as well and increases in value as much.

 
5.0

Truly a

By Great-kPFyA

from Westland, MI

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I've been playing since 1962 and have owned many fine guitars. This recent purchase is the finest instrument that I have ever owned. After testing several Martin's the sound of the D45 is noticabley better than the other Marins that I tested. I can recommend this guitar to any serious guitar player.

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