Slightly smaller but perfectly formed, Martin’s Dreadnought Junior has ‚electro-acoustic of the year‘ written all over it. Can it really be that good?
Today’s acoustic guitar market is flooded with a few body shapes at lots of different price points. It makes choosing your fit more difficult than ever – is that dreadnought really better than that one, or that one?
These similarities are no doubt why more and more brands are offering something a little different: for example, smaller guitars for ‚travel‘, or even bigger guitars, like baritones. In a crowded market, you have to be different.
Martin’s entry-level ranges, like the X Series, are made in Mexico. And to keep prices low, those X Series guitars, for example, use high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides, multi-piece necks and Richlite synthetic fingerboards. Now, that might suit you, but if you hanker for a ‚proper‘ Martin-style solid-wood dreadnought, you’ll be looking at a DRS2 and a sizeable wad of cash at £799. Enter the Dread Junior. Like Taylor’s Big Baby, the Dreadnought Junior is 15/16ths of the size of that DRS2 or any other contemporary Martin dreadnought. In reality, it’s not much of a down-size: 360mm (14.2 inches) wide and 112mm (4.41 inches) deep as opposed to the full-size model being 397mm (15.6 inches) and 124mm (4.88 inches) deep. Factor in the scale length, which is reduced from Martin’s long scale of 645mm (25.4 inches) down to 610mm (24 inches), and the Junior looks like a perfectly proportioned, slightly diminished Martin. Unlike Martin’s own X Series, or indeed, the minimalist cool of Taylor’s Big Baby, the Dread Junior might be downsized, but it’s very grown-up in build, with all-solid wood construction, proper mortise and tenon neck joint, a bound top edge and simple soundhole rings. Internally, the X bracing and struts are finely done in classic style. Then there’s that headstock, again slightly downsized with regular small-button tuners and the all- important, and full-size, logo. The only nod to modernism, or indeed cost, in terms of the materials are the synthetic ebony Richlite fingerboard and bridge, which you’ll find on the more costly DRS2, and the generic ’select hardwood‘ specification for the neck, which looks like one-piece mahogany. But we have a full-size nut width and string spacing, also at the bridge, and a subtly V’d C shape to the profile, along with vintage-style small frets.
Martin’s X Series DX2AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a D-14 dreadnought body designed to produce a powerful, well-balanced tone that is perfect for live performance and in the studio. Pairing the solid sapele (mahogany) top with the Macassar-pattern HPL back and sides, the Martin X Series DX2AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a big, punchy tone, with all the sustain you have come to expect from a Martin guitar. The mortise-and-tennon neck joint ensures solid construction of the guitar, with optimal resonant tone, while eliminating drop-off in the finer dynamics. Case separatly.
The Martin guitar’s laminate birch neck is a multilayered wood creation, bonding layers of Birch under extremely high pressure. The material is then carved and finished in a conventional manner. The end result is a very strong neck that provides definition and articulate sustain from note to note. The neck is fashioned with a Performing Artist neck shape and taper, 25.4 in. scale, 1-3/4 in. nut width, and 16 in. radius provide comfort and dexterity when performing intricate movements and progressions along the black Richlite fretboard. This Martin acoustic guitar comes compete with the Fishman Sonitone. The Fishman Sonitone features a soundhole-mounted preamp with rotary controls for Volume and Tone. The controls are mounted conveniently under the soundhole. All you have to do is plug in and play. You’ll have a great acoustic guitar sound, right out of the box. This guitar has the look and sound of a highly collectible Martin guitar, but goes for a price that anyone can afford. Embrace the dream of owning your very own Martin guitar, at a price that is too good to pass up. Body type: Grand Auditorium Cutaway: Single cutaway Top wood: Solid Sapele Back & sides: Macassar HPL Bracing pattern: X Body finish: Hand-rubbed Orientation: Right handed Neck Neck shape: Not specified Nut width: 1.75″ (44.45mm) Fingerboard: Richlite Neck wood: Birch laminate Scale length: 25.4″ Number of frets: 20 Neck finish: Hand-rubbed Electronics Pickup/preamp: Yes Brand: Fishman Sonitone Configuration: Undersaddle piezo Preamp EQ: 1-band Feedback filter: No Tuner: No Other Headstock overlay: Macassar HPL Tuning machines: Enclosed with small buttons Bridge: Richlite Saddle & nut: Tusq Number of strings: 6-string Special features: Body style Accessories: None Country of origin: Mexico
There’s big value in the Martin GPCX2AE Macassar acoustic-electric guitar. The high-pressure laminate back and sides are topped with real solid sapele, for vibrant acoustic tone that’s also affordable. Solid wood tops enhance in tonality as they age, so you can be sure that the GPCX2AE Macassar will sound even better as the years go by. For great plugged-in tone, Fishman Sonitone electronics are built in. For an easy-playing Grand Performance cutaway that won’t break the bank, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on the Martin GPCX2AE Macassar.
Solid top for tone that enhances with age Smooth playability from the Performing Artist series neck Great-sounding Fishman Sonitone electronics Solid top for tone that enhances with age Sweetwater knows that the choice of top wood can make or break the sound of an acoustic guitar. For the GPCX2AE Macassar, Martin chose a solid sapele top. And because it’s a solid-wood top, the tone will age gracefully as the wood matures, with enhanced harmonics and greater tonal balance as the years go by. Smooth playability from the Performing Artist series neck Whether you’re recording for hours or plan to play out late into the night, you’ll be glad you got a Martin GPCX2AE Macassar. The GPCX2AE Macassar features one of Martin’s outstanding Performing Artist series necks, whose slimmer profile is easy on your hand, allowing you to play those extended sessions in comfort. Great-sounding Fishman Sonitone electronics The GPCX2AE Macassar is equipped with the Fishman Sonitone pickup system, which delivers great-sounding output onstage and in the studio. The Sonitone system puts volume and tone controls directly in the soundhole for easy access. Martin GPCX2AE Macassar Acoustic-electric Guitar Features: Classic Martin styling with Fishman electronics in a Grand Performance cutaway model Sitka spruce X-bracing enhances projection and tonal balance Solid sapele top for a rich, lively sound that will enhance with age High-pressure laminate back and sides, with Macassar pattern Fast Performing Artist neck with High Performance Taper for exceptional playability
Some guitars just make you want to keep picking them up and playing them. Here’s an amazingly affordable Martin that does just that! Sure, the DX1KAE may be a great find just because it gives you a real solid-topped dreadnought at a great price. But, it also gives you that unmistakable Martin tonality and feel you just won’t find anywhere else. You get a solid spruce top, a durable (and beautiful) koa-patterned HPL back and sides, and a low-oval neck profile that makes the DX1KAE easy to play. Plus, this beauty comes complete with great-sounding onboard Fishman electronics!
Top: Solid spruce Back and sides: Koa-patterned HPL; textured finish Neck: Natural Stratabond Neck shape: Modified low oval Headplate: Koa-patterned HPL with printed logo Fingerboard: Micarta Scale length: 25.4″ Number of frets: 20 Bridge: Black micarta Tuning machines: Chrome Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
The Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar looks like it came right out of the history books, and delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year history, Martin has set more guitar design trends than can be counted. The company still embraces design techniques introduced many years ago to create their guitars‘ timeless tone.
Built on a dreadnought platform, the Martin 15 Series D-15M guitar boasts 14 open frets for a unique design and great range of tone. The top, back, and sides are genuine solid mahogany, offering strong guitar tone, with crisp, clear subtleties in each note’s definition. One of mahogany’s finest qualities is its density. Although it’s not the hardest tonewood, it is free of air pockets and other deformities.
The vintage sound produced by the Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar is reminiscent of the Style 15 Martin guitars made popular during the 1940s. The Martin guitar is equipped with a mortise and tennon neck joint, offering the best wood binding practice ever conceived. Often used for shipbuilding, the process fuses two pieces of wood into a single, sturdy unit that stands up to the elements time and time again. The results are evident with the strength in tone and power in projection that you hear with each strum of this Martin acoustic guitar. The Martin guitar’s solid mahogany neck further complements the crisp, defined acoustic sound of this dreadnought. The bridge and fingerboard are solid East Indian rosewood, adding smooth sustain to the mix. The 14 open frets, 1-11/16 in. nut width, 2-1/8″ bridge string spacing, and 16 in. radius add comfort for your intricate fingerboard movements. Other appointments include a single-ring rosette, bone nut, solid/square taper headstock, solid East Indian rosewood headplate, diamonds and square fingerboard inlay, belly-style bridge, nickel open-geared tuning machines with butterbean knobs, and a solid black ebony bridge and end pins. Dressed in a soft satin finish and featuring a Delmar tortoise color pickguard, the Martin D15M guitar glows with classic vintage looks and sound. Includes a Martin 345 hardshell guitar case. Martin Dreadnought The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world. Model: D-15M Construction: Mortise/Tenon neck joint Body size: D-14 fret Top: solid genuine mahogany Rosette: single ring Top bracing pattern: A-frame “X“ Top braces: solid sitka spruce 5/16“ Back and sides: solid genuine mahogany Neck: solid genuine mahogany Neck shape: modified low oval Nut material: bone Headstock: solid/square taper Headplate: solid East Indian rosewood Fingerboard material: solid East Indian rosewood Scale length: 25.4“ Number of frets clear: 14 Number of frets total: 20 Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16“ Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8“ Fingerboard position inlays: diamonds & squares – short pattern Finish: satin Bridge material: solid East Indian rosewood Bridge style: belly Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8“ Saddle: 16“ radius/compensated/bone Tuning machines: nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs Recommended strings: Martin Studio Performance Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP4200) Bridge & end pins: solid black ebony Pickguard: delmar tortoise color
When Martin sets their sights on crafting an affordable dreadnought, you know you’re getting a quality instrument. Long a pioneer in using sustainable materials in their guitars, Martin continues this tradition with the DRS1. With its distinctive solid sapele (a close relative of mahogany) top, back, and sides, the DRS1 gives you bright, clear trebles, and warm midrange. The DRS1’s punchy lows (more like a D18 than a D28) make it an excellent choice for miked recording when you’ve got thicker tracks to work with.
A member of Martin’s Road series, the DRS1 gives you amazing sound and snappy good looks in a roadworthy instrument. Top, back and sides are braced for resonance and projection, and the DRS1’s smooth-playing modified low oval neck is built with multilaminate Stratabond for extra rigidity and durability. The belly bridge and fingerboard are made of Black Richlite, which has a similar look and feel to ebony. The DRS1 is equipped with the Fishman Sonitone pickup system, which gives you great-sounding plug-and-play output, onstage and in the studio. The DRS1 is an incredible value – Martin even includes a hardshell case to protect your guitar. If you’re in the market for a great-sounding, affordable dreadnought, why settle – when you could have a Martin? Martin DRS1 Acoustic Guitar Features at a Glance: An attractive, solid-wood dreadnought with Martin quality throughout Solid sapele top, back, and sides give you distinctive looks, warm resonance, and good projection Fishman Sonitone pickup gives you great-sounding, no-fuss sound reinforcement