Reviews of the Best Martin Acoustic Guitars!

Like any guitarist, I had heard of Martin Acoustic Guitars. But until I started my search for the perfect acoustic, I had never actual played one. Let me tell you something straight up; there are very few guitars that can compare either in tone or quality of construction to a Martin.

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Martin Backpacker
Martin Backpacker
LXM Little Martin
LXM Little Martin
LX1 Little Martin
LX1 Little Martin
Solid Top travel guitar; includes padded travel bag High pressure laminate top holds-up well when traveling; includes padded gig bag - USED ONLY 3/4 size solid wood top; includes padded gig bag

OM1 Orchestra
OM1 Orchestra
Custom D Classic
Custom D Classic
D15M Dreadnought
D15M Dreadnought
Smallest, full-sized guitars that Martin makes - USED ONLY Fingerstylists's dream; warm tone from Mahogany backs and sides All-Mahogany top, sides and bottom - did you say "rich tone"?

D18 Dreadought
D18 Dreadought
D28 Dreadnought
D28 Dreadnought
Martin D35 Dreadnought
Martin D35 Dreadnought
Plain-looking, all-solid wood. Great sound. Outstanding Martin dreadnought. Quality with big sound. Larger than average dreadnought with BOLD sound.

Getting to Know Martin

I know - that sounds like the title of a TV series, doesn’t it? Or at least the title of a book. The thing is that when I hold a Martin Guitar in my hands I can’t help but be amazed that I’m holding the product of a company that has been in business for over 200 years!

If there is any one truth about guitar companies, it is that they come and go depending on the leadership and business acumen of the people who run them. When it comes to Martin Guitars, however, it is the quality of the instruments (combined with the fact that it is still run by the multi-great grandson of the founder) that has kept it going through all the ups and downs of the guitar market over the last two centuries.

Martin HD28
HD28 Dreadnought
Martin HD28 Vintage
HD28 Vintage Dreadnought
Martin D18GE Golden Era
D18GE Golden Era
Enhanced, bigger sound version of Martin H28. Possibly best all-around guitar. Forward-shifted scalloped bracing gives this guitar a different voice than the HD-28. Beautiful guitar with powerful punch.

Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton
000-28EC Eric Clapton
Martin J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought
J-40 Jumbo Dreadnought
Martin 000-28VS
000-28VS
Smaller-build guitar with wider neck. Big tone with beauty and quality. Wide fretboard and exceptionally balanced tone.

Martin D41 Dreadnought
D41 Dreadnought
Martin Steel String Backpacker Left Handed
Backpacker Left Handed
Martin D15 Custom Left Handed
Custom D Left Handed
Power, depth and looks. Solid top, left-handed travel companion. Quality solid top and solid body LH Martin.

Martin Dreadnought D18 Left Handed
D18 Left Handed
Martin D28 Dreadnought Left Handed
D28 Left Handed
Martin D35 Left Handed
D35 Left Handed
Excellent choice for the discriminating left-handed player USED ONLY Broad shouldered, deep body left-handed guitar. Fingerstyle playing on a guitar that resonates like no other!

The Quality of Martin Acoustic Guitars

Martin Acoustic Guitars There is something about the sound of a solid wood acoustic guitar that leaves its laminated counterparts in the dust. Take the Martin HD-28 for example. This particular dreadnought acoustic not only has a solid Sitka spruce top but solid rosewood back and sides. This gives it a richness of tone that blows laminated dreadnoughts out of the water. Add to that the X-bracing that Martin acoustic guitars are known for (the bracing that lets the solid top vibrate more freely and produce a more open sound) and you have a guitar that is worth every penny you will pay.

Of course the number of pennies that you are going to pay for a top quality Martin guitar can be rather daunting. The HD-28 (which is considered to be one of the best sounding Martin’s on the market) can cost you nearly $3,000. This is about the same price as a Gibson Hummingbird (another excellent guitar).

While there are other guitar companies (such as Seagull, Washburn and some Takamines) which make quality guitars with solid tops and bodies at a lower price, there is also the issue of resale value.

The Decision to Buy a Martin

Martin guitars are a known quantity. Just like a Gibson guitar, a Martin can be resold for a significant portion of the original cost if the need should ever arise. In fact, the longer you keep your Martin guitar the better the chance of you actually being able to get more for it on resale than you originally paid for it. Martin’s are considered to be just that good. Of course you are not going to want to sell your Martin. Not only are they well-made and play beautifully, they are also stunning to look at. In fact, the aesthetic beauty of Martin Guitars is only outshone by the way that they sound when you play them.

So in the end, the decision of whether or not to buy one of the Martin Acoustic Guitars will rest entirely on your shoulders. It may technically be out of your budget. But if you consider the fact that it is not just an investment in your music but also a financial investment for the future, you may see your way clear to buying one after all. If you do, it will be a decision you will never regret.

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