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Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin SWDGT from the Sustainable Wood Series features a solid Sitka spruce top, certified solid cherry wood back and sides, mahogany neck, and a...Click To Read More About This Product

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An environment 'conscious" guitar, made in keeping with ecological responsibility.

The Martin SWDGT from the Sustainable Wood Series features a solid Sitka spruce top, certified solid cherry wood back and sides, mahogany neck, and a certified katalox bridge and fingerboard. The neck has a low profile shape and an adjustable truss rod. Appointments include pearl dot inlays and a natural satin finish for enhanced tone. Includes deluxe Martin hardshell case.

FEATURES
Model: SWDGT
Construction: Solid Sustainable Cherry Blocks; Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Tortoise Color WwIvoroid, Blue And White Inlay
Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame ''X''
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid Sustainable Cherry
Back Purfling: Tortoise Color
Side Material: Solid Sustainable Cherry
Endpiece: Delmar Tortoise Color - Red
Endpiece Inlay: None
Binding: Tortoise Color - Red
Top Inlay Style: Black/Grained Ivoroid
Side Inlay: None
Back Inlay: None
Neck Material: Sustainable Cherry
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Tortoise Color/Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: Tortoise Color - Red
Fingerboard Material: Solid Sustainable Katalox
Scale Length: 25.4''
# of Frets Clear: 14
# of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-11/16''
Fingerboard Width at 12Th Fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28 - Imitation Pearl Dots
Fingerboard Binding: None
Finish Back & Sides: Satin
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Sustainable Katalox
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Gold Enclosed w/ Small Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Tortoise Colored Dots
Pickguard: Tortoise Color
Case: 640 Molded
Interior Label: Sustainable Wood Series
Includes deluxe Martin hardshell case
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MartinSWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 28 reviews)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love mine

By Farren Hyagt

from Bristol, TN

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Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

It took me 15 months to order a SWDGT. I played some and bought other Martins in that time. Finally, I got a really great deal from Musician's Friend and ordered mine. This may be the best deal in a Martin guitar at any price. I play fingerstyle and the Martin setup was excellent. The light strings are really easy on my fingers. With the tight setup and light strings you can bend and snap notes easily. The fit and finish are just fine. This guitar sounds like a Martin. The tone is a little brighter than a rosewood D but, is really nice for fingerstyle with a lot of punch and tone separation. Martin's choice of gold tuners, toned top, cherry back and tortoise trim makes a beautiful guitar. The deluxe case has already earned its keep. My SWDGT is quickly becoming a favorite and is a real treat to play. What took me so long ?

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've had this guitar for over 12 years..

By Jimmy

from Norwalk, OH

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I originally was going to buy the D15 (solid mahogany) at a local dealer. However, something caught my eye about the SWDGT. I strummed this guitar once. I am not kidding you - I was blown away. I'm telling you this thing is the best thing on earth I have ever invested in. Anytime I jam w/ others (strangers or who I know) they always have a look of amazement when they hear it.
    This has an amazing full sound. It allows the high's to ring - the amount of sustain allows it to hold a melody that will fill the room all on it's own. Whether it's the full sound of its strum or the punch it has for plucking each note - this thing simply cannot be replaced.
    After 12 years - this thing still makes me feel like I am the one who is honored in its presence. I may choose the notes but it speaks back equally with it's own voice every time.
    Thank You Martin Co. Who needs a luxury car? I have a Martin...

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Shockingly Great Guitar....

    By Livinthedream

    from rockandroll,usa

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    Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Ok, so I order this SWDGT thinking this will hold me over until I find that perfect HD28 (sorry gang, the HD28 walks past the D28 to my ears). During the last 3 weeks I probably played 15 different HD 28's from about 10 different stores from around the country (I travel for a living). While I am away on a trip I think I found my HD28. Wow, it is "the one". So I have them put guitar on hold thinking I will send back the SWGDT waitng for me unopened for me at home upon my return arrival. So I get home not too excited over the SWDGT because I think I found my HD28. Oh well, I open the case and I am somewhat impressed with the appearance. Strings are all lose (as they should be) and look a little crusty. I tighten up strings and strum a few chords and WOW!This thing sounds like a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. OK, now I am really excited. I take off the strings and put on some medium Elixir Polyweb and now I am REALLY impressed! I can't believe how good this guitar sounds. I don't know if I got a the golden nugget of SWDGT's or not, but this thing rocks. I played for awhile and got the strings stretched out then I really pushed her hard. She took everything I could give her. Now, I won't tell you she has the base of the HD28, but she is pretty darn close and her range of tone from high to low is better than the HD28 I thought was "the one". I can't speak for any other SWDGT's other than "mine", but this thing is tied with my Gibson J45 for playtime. I have 11 guitars and this thing is a standout. NOTHING in my aresenal touches the volume. The J45 (mohogany) has a wonderful range but is a little more delicate. The SWDGT shouts an amazing melody. I can't wait to compare to an HD28V. The few "V"'s I have played are amazing guitars. Bottom line, this SWDGT is an amazing value! I have a over a grand left in my pocket for my next adoption.....:-)

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this guitar!

    By Lou

    from Cincinnati

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Composition-song Writing
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have a Martin DX1 and was interested in getting into a D28. The SWDGT is something truly unique. The instrument is very distinctive in appearance. The sound production and playability are outstanding. I put off the D28 purchase and went with the sustainable wood dreadnaught instead. This was not a matter of settling for a lower price, more a matter of being intrigued by the instrument. I have no regrets whatsoever. I'll still get the D28 some day, but I love this guitar above all others.

      Great workmanship, highest quality materials available and "made in USA" all make this guitar something I will love to play forever.

      Congratulations to Martin for creating an environmently responsible instrument without sacrificng quality or sound!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great instrument

      By joieloula

      from Iowa City, IA

      Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Looks great, but not gaudy. Sounds great, resonant and great low range. Feels great- the neck provides a very easy, ergonomic feel for an acoustic. In short, I have happily found a guitar that I can enjoy and be proud to play for the rest of my life.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      what a find

      By Chas Plant

      from Southern RI

      Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I searched for about a year educating myself on guitar sounds and comfort - I played everything from D 35's to Norman Blake signatures - couldn;t afford either by the way - but I finally bought a SWDGT and have fallen in love - this guitar has a depth in the bass and midrange that always astounds me - a little thin up top, but it blends nicely - I finger pick mostly - I loved this so much I wnet out and got it's brother, a SWOMGT - and it's a gem too - Martin's on to somehting with both the Cherry body, and the Sustainable Wood concept - I love the sustainable alterrnative - both of them are wonderful, satisfying plays - and I have a '93 Guild, a '90 Sigma Marquis (Ovangkol), and a Taylor DN4 - What can I say? I love guitars

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT SOUND AMD VALUE

      By Martin Man, no subs!

      from Middletown, OH, also years in the SF Bay Area.

      Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Just purchased this slightly used SWDGT guitar and it is excellent for the value received. The action and intonation is great.I have a D-35 Martin that I purchased new in 1976 and this SWDGT comes very close to the sound although my D-35 has a lower and deeper base sound.I needed a back up guitar for our gigs and this was an excellent choice. Our group plays Folk, Blue Grass and Classic Rock and it fit's them all.I will be installing a Fishman pickup to use with my Fishman Pro EQ and Fender Accoustic Amp, great combination! Really retains the Accoustic sound.Much better than a comparable Taylor by ANY stretch!Martin is still traditionally at the top in my opinion, however they have finally wised up after 30 years and they are now making Bone Saddles that adjust for the "always out of tune" B String.Can't believe it took them so long as they wouldn't listen for some 30 years! Yes would rate this SWDGT excellent for the price!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Real Martin sound at an unreal (low) price.

      By ScotSan

      from Woodstock, GA

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      Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      A "real" Martin dreadnaught that's all solid wood, top, sides, back, that can sound better than quite a few higher-priced acoustics (like HD-28's, for example). The solid American cherry sides and back are louder than mahogany, sweeter than rosewood, and warmer than maple. This guitar *works*, and it is Martin's best-kept secret for now. It will be their worst-kept secret when more of the word gets around about how goood it sounds, and how little it costs in comparison to some of the competition.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My soul sang

      By beatnik532

      from Tupelo MS

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      Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have been shoping for a new acoustic for a while. It is one of the most increadible instruments I have ever picked up. The satin cherry sides/back really make the gloss top pop. The tone is unique and projects well. I have traveled three continents and played hundreds of guitars on each. This guitar made my top ten before I finished tuning it. Now I'm just waiting for a sale!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Martin SWDGT

      By Chris-kZ2EO

      from Folsom, CA

      Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I'm in agreement with all the previous reviews - I've been waiting 30 years for a Martin, but I instantly fell in love with the SWDGT after comparing it to numerous Taylors, Gibsons, and higher-end Martins before settling on this one. It really projects well, with crisp high end, and boomy bass; excellent overall for easu rhythmn or finger-picking styles. The guitar's aesthetic lines are beautiful (understated, but classy), and the richness of the cherry is very appealing. I love this guitar, and would recommend it to anyone, especially for the quality and cost that comes WAY under the radar compared to similar, higher-end guitars.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes I would buy SWGT all over again

      By Don

      from Cincinnati

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        One of the best Martin has made. Bought my first Martin D35 in l976, still have. Been playing since, just finished another CD and the SWGT could not have sounded better. It's sound and ease of playing I would match up to ANY other Martin including my D35. The thinner neck, great for Folk, Classic Rock, Blues, any venue. Surprised that the Cherry would be almost equal to the Rosewood on the D35 but it does. Really SURPRISED that Martin has cheapened it Lifetime Warranty to 2 YEARS! What a Class-less cheap shot! COME ON MARTIN you can do better than this!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By AJF39

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I played this guitar next to a D-28 for over an hour at my local guitar shop. After a thorough comparison of the two, I decided to go with the SWDGT. Not only was it much cheaper but it SOUNDED BETTER! I could not believe the tone... the Solid Cherry back and sides give it a very warm/full sound. I recommend this guitar for any intermediate player who doesn't want to dish out big $$ for a Premium Guitar. You will not be disappointed!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Martin SWDGT WOW!!

        By Pickn6string

        from Bloomfield NY

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I have been playing for 39 years. In the past 10 years I have owned high end guitars such as Taylor, Larrivee, Martin ect...This SWDGT is just perfect!! The sound is right there, even better than many guitars more than twice the cost. It feels great and it's response to light finger picking or hard struming is 2nd to none. Meduim strings seem to bring out the best tone from this baby. I sell and trade guitars all the time looking for that ONE KEEPER. Well...This is the ONE!! And mine has a bearclaw top wooohooo!!! Thanks Martin. MMM-MMM GOOD!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An Unbelievable Dreadnought

        By ThanksfortheMartinBob

        from Chicago

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I work at a reputable (and huge) music retailer, where I have access to D-41s and Taylor 910CEs all day. This is one of the best acoustics I've ever played. The cherry gives it a booming voice that seems to have a natural scoop to it (mids are warm, but highs/lows dominate the sound.) It is beautifully built (gold and tortoise shell look great with the yellowed finish) and I've nicknamed it the "DirtWood" since all the spruce was rescued from the ground. Scrap lumber makes a real nice Martin, apparently. If you can get your hands on one, buy it before they discontinue this awesome acoustic.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best Guitar you can Buy

        By Eblackadder

        from Sheboygan,WI

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        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I played a lot of guitars before buying. I have been lucky to have worked with some of the best back up players in the world and play on some of there guitars. When I bought this guitar I could not believe the sound and the feel. This is by far the best guitar I have ever played in any price range. It is a great feat for Martin to make this incredible guitar. It has it all, Great looks, The best sound and the fastest playing guitar there is. I also own the D-15 Rosewood, among others It is a great guitar also but the Swdgt just beats it out.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible

        By JBarnes

        from Reno, NV

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I own the red birch smartwood and it is the most incredible guitar I've ever played, even more so than my Telecaster, Strat, or Brian Setzer Signature Gretsch.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thanks to the materials it has a great price.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Thanks to the materials it has a great price.It has a nice, deep sound. Sounds more full than other guitars of comparable price.Not the greatest acoustic in the world, but at the end of the day, it's still a Martin.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a bargain Martin!

        By MartinLoverSC71

        from South Carolina

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Play all the other brands FIRST. Then play a Martin and you'll know why I bought one. This guitar has it all. Crisp highs, solid midrange, amazing bass and VOLUME like no other guitar I've played. The intonation is perfect, and the guitar is a breeze to play. The factory saddle was a little high, you can buy replacement saddles directly from Martin, or modify the original, to lower the action. At this price, it performs as good (or better, in my opinion), than most of the higher priced Martins. The soundhole rosette, binding, endpiece, backstrip and headstock are all faux tortise shell, and it really gives the guitar a classy, understated look. This is an all-around amazing guitar!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SWDGT Spells SWEET!

        By Waylon Van Halen

        from Shelbyville, IL

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        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Discovered this hidden treasure among other Martins, Taylors & Gibsons. Sounded better than D28s, J45s and all the rest at less than half the price! Great projection, clear bottom end, pristine highs. Cherry wood is beautiful and binding adds a classy, unique look. Much better than this picture shown here. What a steal!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sounding Guitar!

        By TGM04

        from Hardy,KY

        Comments about Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        If your looking for the traditonal sound but also looking for the Taylor sound,this guitar is truly a Gem for the price.Very well built and playable and a very nice looking guitar.I've played in different genres of music with mine and it really performed well live and have had other players tell me if I ever want to sell it ,call them.Great sounding guitar!

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