History in the remaking. Very limited run. Worth every penny rediscovering.
The Martin 15 Series draws its inspiration from the history books. First offered in 1940, the 15 Series was created as an all-purpose guitar that was simple in design, but loaded with sound and tone. Over the years, Martin’s 15 Series guitars were the go-to guitar for many world-class musicians, and can be heard on numerous Platinum recordings. To honor the Centennial Anniversary of the Martin Dreadnought, Martin has produced a limited run of special 15 Series Dreadnought and 000-15 models. These fine instruments feature a solid Sitka spruce top, abalone “Golden Era” diamonds and square fingerboard inlays, Style-18 back purfling, black top binding and a High Performance neck.
The Martin guitar's solid mahogany neck further complements the 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 in. 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.
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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first Dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. Designed to expand the size and tone of the acoustic guitar, it was the largest acoustic guitar ever build.
Where did the Martin get the name Dreadnought? Frank Henry Martin, the CEO of the Martin Company at the time, was an amateur historian. He had read about the design of the largest British battle ship of WW1, the HMS Dreadnought. He remembered the name of the “largest” ship in the British fleet, this was the “largest” guitar Martin had ever built, and the Dreadnought guitar was born.
The Dreadnought guitar was ahead of its time, and was considered to be “too loud.” Because of its “loud” tone, the Dreadnought guitar never came into vogue. And after the Oliver Ditson Co. went out of business in the mid-1920s, the Martin Dreadnought was discontinued.
- Body type: Auditorium
- Cutaway: No
- Top wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back & sides: Solid Mahogany
- Bracing pattern: 5/16 in. Non-Scalloped
- Body finish: SatinOrientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Modified Low Oval with Standard Taper
- Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
- Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
- Neck wood: Solid Mahogany
- Scale length: 25.4"
- Number of frets: 20
- Neck finish: Satin
- Brand:Not applicable
- Configuration:Not applicable
- Preamp EQ:Not applicable
- Feedback filter:Not applicable
- Tuner:Not applicable
- Headstock overlay: East Indian Rosewood
- Tuning machines: Nickel Open Gear
- Bridge: Modern Belly, East Indian Rosewood
- Saddle & nut: Bone
- Number of strings: 6
- Special features: Upgraded Sitka Spruce Top, Style-18 Back purfling, Abalone Golden Era, style Diamonds & Square Fingerboard inlays, Black top binding and Heel Cap
- Case: Included Martin 330
- Accessories: None
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