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    Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar
    Martin 16 Series D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar

    Superb dreadnought acoustic at a very affordable price.

    $1,859.00
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    Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin SWDGT Sustainable Wood Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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    SWDGT six-string dreadnought acoustic guitar featuring a spruce top, cherry sides and back. Includes free...

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  4. Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 Dreadnought...

    Solid woods and a slim, more comfortable playing width up the neck.

    $1,729.00
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    Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 cutaway Dreadnought...

    Solid woods and a slim, more comfortable playing width up the neck.

    $1,729.00
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    Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

    Gloss Top, 16 series, acoustic, solid spruce top, and solid mahogany sides. Includes a Martin vinyl laminated...

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    Martin 16 Series D-16GTL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed Martin 16 Series D-16GTL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed
    Martin 16 Series D-16GTL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar...

    A solid Spruce top with solid Mahogany back and sides is always a winning combination for acoustic guitar...

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    Martin 15 Series D15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin 15 Series D15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin 15 Series D15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

    An instrument of exceptional tone, playability and classic Martin good looks.

    $1,459.00
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    Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed
    Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic...

    A phenomenal price for a solid-rosewood 15-Series guitar!

    $1,299.99
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    Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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    Martin Road Series 2016 DRS2 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Road Series 2016 DRS2 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $829.00
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    Martin Road Series 2016 DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Road Series 2016 DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $759.00
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    Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $759.00
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    Martin Performing Artist Series 2016 DCPA5 Black Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Performing Artist Series 2016 DCPA5 Black Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $759.00
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    Martin Performing Artist Series 2016 DCPA5K Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Performing Artist Series 2016 DCPA5K Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $759.00
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    Martin Performing Artist Series 2016 DCPA5 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Performing Artist Series 2016 DCPA5 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $759.00
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    Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X Series Custom X1D12E-CST Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Martin X Series Custom X1D12E-CST Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric
    $649.99
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    Martin X Series DCXAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series DCXAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $679.00
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    Martin X Series 2016 D12X1AE Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Martin X Series 2016 D12X1AE Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric
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    Martin X Series DCX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series DCX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X Series Custom 2016 X1-DE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series Custom 2016 X1-DE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic...

    Most affordable spruce-top solid wood Martin ever, and only available here!

    $899.00
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    Martin DX2AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin DX2AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $599.00
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    Martin Dreadnought Junior Acoustic Electric Guitar Martin Dreadnought Junior Acoustic Electric Guitar
    $609.00
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    Martin X Series 2016 DX1KAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DX1KAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $599.00
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    Martin X Series 2015 DX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2015 DX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Martin X Series 2015 DX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric...

    The bold sound of an Indian rosewood laminate body, the crystal-clarity of a Sitka spruce top, paired with...

    $599.00
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    Martin X Series 2016 DX1RAE-L Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DX1RAE-L Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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  3. Martin X Series 2016 DX1KAE-L Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DX1KAE-L Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X Series 2016 DX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X Series 2016 DXMAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DXMAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $559.00
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    Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    $499.99
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  3. Martin X Series 2016 DXMAE-L Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DXMAE-L Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    $559.00
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    Martin X Series 2016 DXK2AE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DXK2AE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X Series 2016 DXAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2016 DXAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X Series DXK2AE Left-Handed Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series DXK2AE Left-Handed Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Martin X Series DXK2AE Left-Handed Dreadnought...

    The bold sound of a koa laminate body, paired with cutting-edge Fishman electronics, offered at a great price...

    $519.00
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    Martin X Series 2015 DX1AE Left-Handed Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin X Series 2015 DX1AE Left-Handed Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Martin X Series 2015 DX1AE Left-Handed Dreadnought...

    Whether you're a seasoned professional, or a picker-in-training, the Martin X Series DX1AE has got your...

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    Martin Build Your Own Guitar Kit Martin Build Your Own Guitar Kit
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In the realm of steel-string acoustic guitars, the Martin dreadnought body style reigns supreme. Martin originated the dreadnought design in the early part of the last century, and, with a few refinements, it has come to be the single most popular body style of steel-string acoustic guitar in the world, copied by just about every manufacturer that has produced a guitar since. Of course, there will always be devotees of the smaller parlor models, the larger jumbo and grand models, or the Little Martin and Backpacker travel styles, but today, the dreadnought design accounts for about 80 percent of Martin's totals sales, with over 60 models and variations currently offered. It is also the body style of the vast majority of acoustic guitars sold today, from the cheapest import to any number of Martin's most expensive competitors.

The dreadnought design originated in 1916, when the Oliver Ditson music publishing company partnered with Martin to produce a large-bodied steel-string acoustic guitar, as opposed to the smaller-bodied gut-string guitars common at the time. With the development of recorded music and the increasing popularity of the guitar as a band instrument, the need arose for a louder, more powerful design that could hold its own on a bandstand or cut through the mix on record. The original design featured an elongated body with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides that joined the neck at the 12th fret, and a slotted peghead. The model name was based on the Dreadnought-class of battleships that had recently been developed, massive all-big-gun powerhouses that were considered to be the most formidable weapons on earth, with nothing to fear; hence the name Dreadnought. As the new guitar design was described as being as loud as a canon, the name seemed a perfect fit. However, the Ditson-branded guitars were not a huge success, and after the company folded, Martin began selling its own line of dreadnoughts in 1931, the D-1 and D-2 models. By 1934, Martin began producing dreadnoughts with the body-neck joint at the 14th fret, and it soon became the standard guitar design we recognize today. Currently, Martin offers a number of dreadnought models, from period-correct recreations of the original Ditson design, to the iconic and best-selling D-28 model, variants like D-18s and D-35s, high-end D-45s, and any number of signature models from master pickers. You can find a Martin dreadnought with or without a cutaway for easier access to the upper frets, simple acoustics or acoustic-electrics for plugging in to an amp or PA, and lefty or righty or 12-string models - Martin has all the bases covered. They also offer, in addition to models crafted with conventional tonewoods like spruce tops and mahogany bodies, guitars built using more sustainable materials like cherry wood or high-pressure laminates (HPLs). With the right tools and some glue and wood finish, you can even build your own Martin with a do-it-yourself kit, which comes with all the wood and hardware needed to construct your very own dreadnought. Martin invented the dreadnought design and perfected it, and they have been used on countless classic recordings by everyone from Hank Williams to Neil Young and Jimmy Page. Order your Martin dreadnought today and put a masterpiece in your hands!


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