Martin Custom D Classic Rosewood Acoustic Guitar  

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

The Martin Custom D Acoustic Guitar comes with simple appointments and a modest price that make it reminiscent of the 15 Series Martin guitars of the 1940s. The Custom D guitar eschews vintage all-mahogany construction for a select solid Sitka spruce top with lighter bracing for big projection. The guitar's solid East Indian rosewood back and sides produce ringing punch and sustain. The modified low-oval mahogany neck is set with a mortise-and-tenon neck joint and has an adjustable truss rod and solid Indian rosewood fingerboard. The body and neck are bound in tortoise-colored binding. The Custom D guitar also has a rosewood bridge, dot fretboard inlays, rosewood headstock overlay, and an inlaid single-ring rosette. Quantities of this custom Martin acoustic guitar are limited.

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • D1 A-frame bracing pattern
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Modified low oval solid mahogany neck
  • Mortise-and-tenon neck joint
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Solid Indian rosewood bridge
  • Solid Indian rosewood head plate with raised gold foil decal
  • Small dot position markers
  • Inlaid single-ring rosette
  • Tortoise top binding
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • White Corian nut
  • Satin finish
  • 25-2/5" scale length
  • 16" fingerboard radius
  • 14 clear frets
  • 20 frets total
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One of the BEST

By Tom-OUJ2O

from Allentown, Pa.

Orderd mine back in Feb.2010 from music123 at the best price around,beat everyone else buy $100. Once I opened the case the aroma of the fresh rosewood reminded me of a box of chocolates . I told my wife to come over and smell my new guitar, she just looks at like I am strange or something? I tuned it up, which took very little and strumed away, man is it sweet sounding. Definitly sounds like a guitar that should be thousands of $ more. I really can't say anything negitive about this instrument ,accept that the satin finish were your arm rest wiil develope a shine from playing, some people call it a stain but is only a shine from use. Other than that it is the best of my eight that I own. Buy one and you will not be disapionted.

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Modest but More than Capable

By freebreeze

from Merriam, KS

This is probably the plainest, least-attractive guitar of the dozen or so I own. But it plays easy and sounds better than a couple of Guilds and a Gibson I play. Martin has given us a "low-end" dread naught, that still has all solid wood and has a sweet, authentic tone. The flat finish on natural wood is reminiscent of settlers' homes build from raw pine, that weathered and took on character over time. It also provides the top with greater vibratory capacity. As this solid spruce top continues to age, I look forward to its mellowed tone and voice. The other guitars may come and go, but this is a keeper for life.

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Get One While They are Still Avalible

By Axeman

from Texas

Plays and Sounds like Dream. I lowered the Bridge. Sounds Fantastic even with D'adario EJ15's. Probably should be compared to Martin 16 models instead of the 15. Plus the 16s don't have the Rosewood fretboard they have Macarta. I've never played a D28 but it seems like this Custom D Classic has everything except the Embelishments and an Ebony fretboard. Good Lord, solid Rosewood back and sides, Mahogony neck>>WOW!!. The finish is kinda flat since it's a satin finish but I think some Virtuoso polish can fix that up. Other than that the sound is extremely full bodied meaning it is very balanced all across the frequency spectrum and you might hear the clarity of notes that didn't even resonate on your current guitar. Get ready to fill the room up with the sweet aromatic scent of all natural Rosewood. This baby has great sound projection and volume. The tuners are fine but a set of Waverly's or Grover Sta-ties would be a very nice future upgrade along with a bone Nut And Bridge Saddle. I rate this Axe 20 Stars!!!!

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By Michael Frankel

from Pasadena, California

Great Guitar. I have and had several D-28s and D-35s over the years (I`m 61 years old) and this guitar is a geat sounding and playable guitar.The workmanship and quality is great. If a person can live without the frills of the more expensive guitasrs this one is hard to beat I`ve played for about forty plus years and I think this is a guitar worth the money.

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Awsome value for this guitar

By Mike Allen

from Colorado

I have been playing this guitar for almost two years, had it "adjusted" once, a year ago, and have had no problems. The sound of the instrument "opened up" a few months back, and friends have commented how nice it sounds. Although known for its treble sounds, it has plenty of base. I play it 2-3 hours a day and enjoy it each time I open the case. The smell of the rosewood is nice too and is still strong. You'll be happy with this gutiar.

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Best Deal Around!

By Josh Sargent

from Richmond, IN

I recently purchased this guitar and was blown away by the incredible sound and playability she yields. The low end is amazing and it has a very warm, balanced tone. The projection and sustain is comparable to higher end Martins and this one actually sounds better than a 1964 D-28 that my father-in-law was letting me borrow. I was skeptical about the tuners but after some pretty harsh treatment they are holding true. It's a very simple looking guitar, no frills, but it's the best deal around for the sound she produces. I wouldn't buy another Martin. This is definitely the best bang for the buck!

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