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Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Designed by C.F. Martin IV with valuable input from players, this jumbo-size model combines the Grand Auditorium body profile with the dreadnought bo...Click To Read More About This Product

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A deluxe Martin jumbo for the discerning player.

Designed by C.F. Martin IV with valuable input from players, this jumbo-size model combines the Grand Auditorium body profile with the dreadnought body depth. Features rosewood back and sides, scalloped bracing, abalone pearl rosette, bound ebony fingerboard, abalone hexagon position markers, a bound headstock with Style 45 'C.F. Martin' abalone pearl letters, and gold enclosed tuning machines. Include deluxe Martin hardshell case.

FEATURES
Solid Sitka spruce top
East Indian rosewood sides and back
Mahogany neck
Ebony fingerboard
Ebony bridge
Scalloped bracing
Abalone pearl rosette
Abalone hexagon position markers
Gotoh gold-plated tuners
25-2/5" scale
20 frets
Neck width at nut 1-11/16"
Includes case
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MartinStandard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent (4)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The J-40 is your Stairway To Heaven....

By ALD

from Pennsylvania

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Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought my brand new Martin J-40 from Musicians Friend back in spring of 2003.It arrived on time, in perfect condition, set up to play immediately out of the box. I've owned 27 other high end guitars of every imaginable shape, style and price, and wood. But none of them matched the balance, tone, beauty, quality, or clarity of this J-40. It is easier to play and hold than a Dred, with much more balance of the mids and singing trebles and rich chunky lows....all three totally balanced for any music you play. It's looks are stunning with the finest woods I have ever seen on any guitar in the world...but it's the sound, and the rich buttery tone that reminds me of Heaven, because it just seems too good to be true. Get one, you won't regret it. And as always Musicians Friend is a class act. I did not hesitate to buy this expensive guitar from MF as I knew they would take care of me if something happened to be wrong with it.They always do. Mine was delivered in perfect condition. So you have nothing to lose. This J-40 is a once in a lifetime guitar, with a once in a lifetime tone and look. It blew my Dreds away with its rich and powerful base, and yet still it was able to deliver the most delicate and sweet notes ever heard this side of Heaven. The Martin J-40 is simply amazing, and better than any, and every, other Martin I have ever owned or played in shops for over 30 years. Do yourself a favor. Get yourself a piece of heaven while you can. Because that is just what this Martin J-40 is. Heaven.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

D45 move over........

By eldorado251

from Sebastopol, Ca.

Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have always wanted a D45....the beauty, the sound...Having had several D35's, the Graham Nash 000-28, and several other lesser guitars, I was ready to step up to the ultimate. When I got the chance to have a nice D45, I happened to play the J40 as well, as one of the guys at Tall Toad music said "You might just like this one better". The J40 was incredible!!!!! It has the balanced sound of an OM model, mixed with the depth and volume of the D series. In addition, it had the beautiful inlaid Martin signature headstock of the D40's series, and all at much less than the dreadnaught 40's. I'm a singer/songwriter, and I could not be more pleased with the sound and style of a guitar. No need to upgrade here!!!!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perhaps the best of the Martin line

By Mark-4Jx5e

from Phoenix

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Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I've only owned my J-40 for a week, but I've been playing a long time and know acoustic guitars pretty well. I currently own Taylor and Guild acoustics as well as another Martin. In the store, I compared the J-40 head-to-head against a Taylor GS7, Gibson J-200, J-45, and Hummingbird, a Guild D-55, and Martin D-28, HD-35, and HD-28V. The Martin J-40 was the standout of the bunch, which speaks volumes to me. I love the tone of Martin dreadnoughts, but the J-40 has their big, rich bass without the boominess and with much better treble high frequency response - in short, it has a much more balanced sound, in my opinion. It's also just as loud as the dreadnoughts. The string spacing at the bridge is a little tight for fingerpicking, in my opinion, making this primarily a strummer's and flatpicker's guitar; however, it does sound outstanding played fingerstyle. How to describe the sound? Full, deep, rich, balanced; but beyond that adjectives fail me. It sounds beautiful to my ear, better than all the other amazing guitars I compared it with. I think it's the most underrated and least known of Martin's line, but possibly the best. I'll have this guitar for life and eventually pass it down to my daughter.
For my taste, the J-40 has just the right amount of ornamentation; a little bling, but not overdone. I would have preferred a factory-installed pickup system, but I can have that added easily enough. I don't understand why Martin doesn't include strap buttons on their guitars, but that's almost too minor to mention.
In a word, perfect. I've been over my J-40 very carefully, and I can find no flaw in it, anywhere.
It's pricey, but not unreasonably so considering the quality, features, and tone, as well as the fact that it's American-made.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review of Martin J40 Guitar

By CHARLES DUFFY

from Houston, Texas

Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

The Martin J40 evidences Martin's uncompromising attention to quality. My Martin J40 is 26 years old and still plays and sounds as great as the day I bought it.
I have owned and played this guitar since its manufacture by Martin in 1985. It is the finest acoustic steel string guitar I've ever played, and I've been playing guitar for over 50 years. The sound and playability of the J40 are unsurpassed. I recommend it without reservation or equivocation.
Great attention to detail, as usual, by Martin.
The guitar has held its value over the 26 years that I've owned it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The J40 is my fave

By ed mckay

from St. Louis

Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have come to love the higher end Taylor guitars, too. And I'll never forget that one lovely afternoon I spent with a beautiful Collings in Nashville... My she was sweet.
For about 20 years i owed cheap guitars. Then I saved my pennies with the goal of finally owning a quality instrument. At the time, Martins, Gibsons, and Ovation were the only acoustic makers I knew of that the "pros" played. It was in 1990 that I bought my J40. This was after playing just about about every single quality dreadnought for sale in town over the course of 2 years, literally hundreds of guitars. And that was a lot of fun. Then I got to play a J40, which I had never heard of before. That was it. I still have it and still love it. Every time I am in a music store I play the good wood that's available, and have many times temporarily fallen in love, only to realize my folly when I get back home to my true love, the J40. It did have neck binding issues twice in the first few years, both times repaired under warranty. Of course I have several other guitars, but none compare in quality of tone, balance, and warmth. It's my honey.
Beautiful book matched rosewood back, fantastic Sitka spruce top, perfection in the finish. It did have neck binding issues that were repaired under warranty almost 20 years ago and still holding up. Magnificent sound,action and playability.
Quality has a cost and I never minded what I paid.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The LAST Acoustic 6 String You'll Need!

By Patrick4music

from Readsboro, VT

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    My Martin J-40 came to me as a trade for one of the sweetest finger-picking guitars I have ever owned that was made by James Goodall. My style is much more rhythmic, percussive really, and while the Goodall was amazing it was not the guitar for my specific style.

    When the Martin J-40 arrived I was immediately impressed by the "fit and finish" and overall feel of this comfortable jumbo body instrument. Then I started to play it and the smile on my face has never left. I had finally found the 6-string soul mate I was searching for.

    No disrespect intended with the following statement but as I played rhythmically, harder and harder the guitar NEVER flattened out but simply increased in volume looked up at me and, I swear it said; "Is that all you got white boy!?"

    I promise, if you are a percussive rhythm guitarist that you will not be disappointed by this amazing instrument.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Playable for many venuew

    By Oneozarktexan

    from Mountain Grove, MO

    Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have owned my J40 since 1986. I am primarily a finger-picker, and the neck is perfect for this style of playing. It allows for longer reach with certain bar chords and faster runs. The dreadnought depth of the body allows it to go from sweet melodies to the hardest driving bluegrass, and volume that competes with the banjo. If you could only have one acoustic that meets the standards of a wide variety of playing styles, this one is it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Had me at 1st strum too

    By Morton Yakima

    from Portland Oregon

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    Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I'd been looking for 3 years for the right guitar as I was willing to spend some serious cash and did'nt want to buy something only to find something better the next day.I tried em all,production and custom, and played a lot of nice rigs.My j 40 was on sale at half price and I only took it down off the wall on a lark cause I'd never heard of one and was curious.1st strum and my knees buckled.The salesman saw that and escorted me like the zombie I'd instantlly become into the sound room to have a little quality time with the guitar.Might have been the 15 years hanging on the wall being played on and around in a climate controlled environment,basically ripening on the vine,but I really don't think you could reproduce that sound at any price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful tone & comfortable to play.

    By Mark W. Clark

    from Ukiah, Mendocino County, CA. USA

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    Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have owned my J-40 for five years and it is the go to acoustic for me. Flat picking and strumming is its calling. Mine has a perfect fit and finish and being a luthier myself I am impressed with a large company crafting a guitar of this quality for the price. I love the tone of the J-40 the most. It has an almost haunting sound. The neck is one of the most playable that I have seen. It is so very comfortable to play too. It just seems to fit "right". I believe the Jumbo sound is superior to the dreadnaught's. If you can spare the change go with the J-40.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A dream to play...

    By Jesper

    from Denmark

    Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    While searching for the one and only guitar I've played lots of guitars lately. Believe me in Denmark they cost a fortune! So no time for doing any mistakes... I wanted a perfect allround guitar and found it! I tried Gibson SJ200, Martin HD28 etc. Until i found the J40... A jumbo but not as big as SJ200. This guitar is...Perfect! In my mind i was looking for Gibson but just try this guitar and i'm convinced you'll pick this one too! The sound is FANTASTIC!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    bigdog

    By Bigdog-ZIJ54

    from Sedona Arizona USA

    Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is my 2nd "J40", as my first was lost in a fire, at my home studio. I will just say that of the 7 guitars I lost in this fire... My "J40", was the first one I replaced, as Once you play this insrument you will find it to be the Most Important guitar for any type of music you might be called upon to perform. My new J40, needed no adjustments to make it feel like my old one, and the only!! change I would suggest would be to replace the original tuners w/ "Waverly open geared models", as the Martin machines dont hold tunings as well!! ONE SWEET AXE!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A very fine instruement!

    By Mgward3

    from Santa Rosa, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I finally bought my dream guitar, a Martin J40, in 1995. I bought mine after having a friend with a Black J40 recommend it to me. I still played a number of other guitars including Martin Dreadnoughts but I still came back to the J40. Wonderful sound, action, playability, etc. You will not be disappointed by this guitar.

      A little story of my recent experience with my J40 and the Martin Guitar Company. As I stated, I am the original owner of a J40 built in 1994. Over the last ten years or so, the finish on the neck had started to chip away. Not wear away, chip away. It finally got down to a 3/4 inch wide area the length of the neck with no finish. I went to a Martin dealer to have an LR Baggs Lyric installed in the guitar and had them look at the neck. They told me that it looked like a failure of the finish and that I should contact Martin. I did. I sent pictures and finally sent the guitar off to Nazareth PA. After 6 long months, the guitar has returned home. Martin completely refinished the guitar and it looks brand new. No charge to me as the original owner for the refinish. I only paid for shipping and the re-fret job they did for me since they were working on the neck anyway and my frets were a bit worn. They gave me a good price for the fret work as well.

      Martin stands behind their products even after 19 years! I am very happy to have my J40 back and looking beautiful again.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The dream came true...

      By NBR2843

      from Nashville, TN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I looked forward to this for a long time, and saved for even longer...it was worth it. The J-40 sounds better than the HD-28's I played, and even better than the D-45 I played. I love the feel, the body of sound, and the magic this instrument provides. You won't go wrong with this guitar. It lives up to everything Martin stands for in quality and tradition.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOW...

        By CL Curtis

        from Annapolis, MD

        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I called the music store and asked my salesman to suggest a good, all around guitar with a great sound and ease of play. When I got to the store he had the J-40 out and said, "this is it, the best sounding guitar in the place". There were 50-75 other guitars hanging on the wall. I picked it up, picked a few bars and was immediately sold. The action is too smooth to be believed, and the sound is perfect. I have a really nice Taylor 410 and it just doesn't compare. I'm an old guy, and this is probably my last guitar. Couldn't imagine needing another one.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Martin J-40

        By gbake

        from Eagle River, AK

        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I was looking for a new guitar and a salesman was showing me around (Willies American Guitars - St. Paul, MN). I really wasn't getting too excited about anything and then I saw the J-40, hung high up on the wall. I asked him "what about that one?" He said "that's a little more expensive, but..." I fell in love with this guitar immediately. That was 5 years ago, and it just gets better with age. Beautiful tone, very playable, great balance. Sounds good when you bang on it and even better when played with a gentle touch. Just an awesome instrument.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Guitar of a lifetime! Utterly perfect!

        By ALDGUITARS

        from Allentown,Penna.

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        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        If you want an acoustic guitar with the punch and volume of a big bodied dreadnought as well as the rich sweetness that can only come from a smaller auditorium guitar then the Martin J-40 jumbo dreadnought is for you. The quality is unimaginably perfect. The rosewood is perfectly bookmatched and the top sitka spruce is the finest quality I have ever seen in any guitar. The scent and sweetness of the high quality indian rosewood rises from the perfect abalone soundhole to fill your nostrils with pure extasy. Play the J-40 today,and be catapulted into another world. You will love this one!!!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        1998 J40 - NJ player

        By abberoad

        from Central-shore New Jersey

        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        The instrument is beautifully crafted, sound is pure. A little less versatile than a dreadnought so another guitar might be necessary for the all-around player.

         
        4.0

        Pretty and powerful. Well balanced pro instrument.

        By Strollin' Johnny

        from United Kingdom

        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Looks as pretty as a picture with a big, powerful, well-balanced, unmistakably-Martin sound. Compares well with my hand-built Lowden O25 although not as loud as the Lowden. Good build quality, clean and smooth interior finish and excellent exterior polished lacquer. Only disappointments are the set-up, which seems rather high, and the case supplied which seems a little flimsy - I've bought a Hiscox for my J-40. Overall though a great instrument, well worth the money.

         
        5.0

        The greatest 'J' series ever made...

        By DJ-vy78P

        from Orange, CA

        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        This Jumbo J-40 is without a doubt the best production model guitar that you can buy. You may be able to spend more on another brand, just for 'brand name' reasons. However, you will not be able to buy a better sounding jumbo on the market today. After playing several makes/models over 26 years, I treated my self right and purchased a J-40 three years ago. Also, purchased a MARTIN J40-12 a year later and fell in love with it's full jumbo 12 string sound. It sounds as if your are playing two Martins. The 12 string J40 is difficult to obtain and sounds even better than the 6 string. You should try to play both Martins before making the final purchase. They are both worth every dime!

         
        5.0

        Hard to beat

        By A_Pro

        from London, UK

        Comments about Martin Standard Series J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought this guitar new in September 1993 from a local shop in NYC. I was looking for a quality American guitar and was undecided between Martin and Gibson J. I loved the Gibson Jumbo shape and preferred the Martin tone. When I saw the J40, I was immediately hooked. It only got worse once I started playing it. I paid a lot for it and it's worth every cent, particularly now...Took it to the luthier last year, as the neck had swollen around the 14th fret and 6th string, producing bad buzz. It also had a hairline crack down the middle of the top, below the bridge (long-term string tension + dry air). It's now back to its best and will give me more hours of pleasure.BTW, it gets better as it ages, just like fine wines and cigars.

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