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Martin Dreadnought

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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    Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin Standard Series D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

    Standard series solid sitka spruce top acoustic guitar with solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, and...

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    Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic
    Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic

    This classic Martin! Standard-series dreadnought acoustic guitar with solid Sitka spruce top, solid...

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    Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin Standard Series D-45 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

    Solid sitka spruce top Standard-series acoustic guitar with solid rosewood back and sides, inlaid headstock,...

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    Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar
    Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka...

    Equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid East Indian Rosewood body, mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard....

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    Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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    Martin HD-28E Retro Series Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin HD-28E Retro Series 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!

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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.

    $1,249.00
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    Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides
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    Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

    Solid spruce top Standard-series dreadnought acoustic guitar with solid East Indian rosewood back and sides,...

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    Martin D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin 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 Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin D-16GTL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed Martin D-16GTL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed
    Martin D-16GTL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed

    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 D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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    Martin D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar Martin D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar
    Martin D-16RGT Dreadnought Guitar

    Superb dreadnought acoustic at a very affordable price.

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    Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric...

    Designed for working and traveling guitarists on a modest budget.

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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.

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    Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA1 Plus  Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA1 Plus  Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Martin Vintage Series  HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Martin Vintage Series  HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
    Martin Vintage Series HD-28V Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

    Solid spruce top Vintage-series dreadnought acoustic guitar with solid East Indian rosewood back and sides,...

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