About Martin Guitars
There are many shapes and sizes of Martin guitars. Each delivers a unique blend of tone characteristics, yet all feature the unmistakable sound of a Martin guitar. From smallest to largest, the Martin guitar sizes are 0, 00, 000, also known as the nought, double-nought and triple-nought. It continues with D (Dreadnought), M or 0000 (Grand Auditorium), and J (Jumbo). For the 0, 00 and 000 models, the two-digit number indicates whether the guitar features a 12- or 14-fret neck, or, more precisely, how many frets on the neck are clear of the body. For the others, the two-digit number indicates the style.
The most popular, and most often copied Martin guitar size are Martin dreadnought guitars. Of the dreadnoughts, three have risen to the top: the D-28, HD-28 and D-45. For many acoustic guitar players, the flagship dreadnought model Martin D-28 guitars are the standard by which all others are judged. Similar to the D-28 are Martin HD-28 guitars. The HD-28 is a pre-war model that features a herringbone top border (the H in HD stands for herringbone), and an attractive zipper or zigzag backstrip. Martin D-45 guitars were first produced in 1933 for Gene Autry, a singing cowboy who wanted to play the biggest, fanciest Martin around. The most environmentally-friendly dreadnoughts are Martin DX guitars, which are made with environmentally-friendly alternative materials like Stratabond and Richlite.
Founded in 1833, C.F. Martin & Co. is one of the oldest guitar makers in the United States. Today, the company is still owned and run by the Martin family, and they go to great lengths to follow the tradition of quality and craftsmanship started by Christian Frederick Martin so many years ago. As you might expect from a luthier who's been in the business so long, Martin can take credit for a few design features that have become industry standards today. The two best examples are probably scalloped bracing and the dreadnought shape for acoustic guitars. If you want to go straight to the source to get a dreadnought from the very people who invented it in the first place, check out Martin's amazing lineup of guitars.
If you want the most versatile guitar you can get your hands on, one of Martin's acoustic-electric models should fit the bill. Loaded with high-end Fishman electronics like the Sonitone system in the 6-string X Series 000X1AE, they're a sweet combination of Martin craftsmanship and top-shelf tech. There's nothing an acoustic-electric guitar can't do: unplug it and it's an acoustic; add an amplifier and it's an acoustic that can reach every corner of the largest venues. The possibilities are endless. Musician's Friend is proud to offer the widest selection of Martin guitars, so you should have no trouble finding the right one for you. In fact, it might take you a while just to narrow down the options. You'll find your dream Martin guitar, size, shape and style, here at the guaranteed lowest price.
Martin Guitar Styles
Style 18 Standard Martin guitars offer Sitka spruce soundboard and bracing with Big Leaf mahogany back and sides, an ebony fingerboard and bridge, mother of pearl dot markers, tortoise shell-color binding and pickguard, open-back tuners and aging top toner. Style 28 Standard Martin guitars typically feature a Sitka spruce top with vintage toner, Indian rosewood back and sides, and ebony fingerboard and bridge. Standard Martin guitars with Style 35 normally feature a Sitka spruce top with aging toner and forward-shifted, non-scalloped 1/4” bracing, Indian rosewood sides and three-piece back, ebony fingerboard and bridge. Martin Standard Style 45 guitars feature the highest grade Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce, as well as abalone trim on the top, sides and back, and abalone hex inlays.
Martin Guitar Series
Martin X Series | Martin Custom Series | Martin 15 Series | Martin 16 Series | Martin 17 Series | Martin Authentic Series | Martin Performing Artist Series | Martin Retro Series | Martin Road Series | Martin Standard Series | Martin Standard Vintage Series