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Martin D-15 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (with Case)

Solid, genuine Mahogany or Sapele construction produces exceptional tone. (422) Read 16 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Over 175 Years of Quality
Just touching a Martin acoustic guitar makes you feel like you're a part of history. Still family owned after more than 175 years, the C.F. Martin Company has been at the forefront of many of the major guitar innovations that we now take for granted--like, say, using steel for strings instead of catgut. Martin guitars have been symbols of high-quality instruments since 1833--and today, they're a symbol of rich tradition, too. The look and sound of a Martin immediately calls to mind a thousand images, from Civil War soldiers singing around the fire to Woody Guthrie singing his way down that ribbon of highway. Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Gene Autry, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffet, Dave Matthews and John Mayer are just a few of the famous guitarists who have used Martins on their greatest hits. When you play a Martin, you're a part of the same tradition.

The 15 Series
In the 1940s, the solid wood "Style 15" series was one of Martin's flagship lines, consisting of guitars that usually featured a solid mahogany top, back, and sides with rosewood fretboards and bridges. The "15 serious" was re-introduced in 1997, launching one of the most affordable lines of Martin's solid-wood guitars ever produced. Since they're solid wood models(as opposed to most lower-end guitars, which thin wooden laminates fused together), the rich tone of the 15 series will only improve as the guitars age. If you treat them well, they can last you a lifetime (a hard shell case is included for those of you absolutely insist on taking your guitar with you when you hop freight trains).

The Rich Tone of Mahogany and Sapele
Most of the acoustic guitars you see today come with a light-colored spruce top, often with mahogany back and sides. The spruce wood produces a strong, crisp tone. Most of the 15 series of Martins, however, take the somewhat unusual step of using mahogany on the top as well, bringing the guitars a dark, elegant look and a gorgeously rich, exceptionally warm sound. Martin now uses mahogany and sapele interchangeably; the two come from the same family of wood (sapele is sometimes referred to as "African mahogany"), look almost indistinguishable from one another, and produce nearly identical tones. The solid wood construction and "A-frame" bracing of this D-15 enhances the tone even further, and the satin finish helps bring out the natural beauty of the deep brown wood. Even the smell of a mahogany guitar is simply wonderful.

The Dreadnought: An Innovation That Became the Standard
Dreadnought-style guitars have large bodies--larger than the average acoustic guitar when Martin developed the style back in 1916. They are probably the most common guitar shape and size on the market today--many even consider it the standard shape for acoustic guitars. The deep, clear bass response dreadnoughts get from their large, rounded bodies has helped make them extremely popular--dreadnoughts account for about 80% of all Martin guitars sold today.

D-15: An Affordable Investment for a Lifetime
If you play acoustic guitars, you know the name "Martin" the way a car enthusiast knows the name "Rolls Royce." And you probably know that if you want a guitar that will last you for decades, you want a solid wood guitar. The quality of a solid wood Martin naturally comes with a price tag, but the simply appointed, no-frills-necessary 15 series makes it possible for more guitarists than ever to own the guitars they deserve. The D-15 may not have all of the high-end features and options that you get on Martins that cost three times at much, but the D-15 has the classical look of a 1940s "Style 15" Martin, and, most importantly, it has that sweet Martin sound, making the D-15 one of the most attractive acoustic guitar values available today. Sure, you could learn your scales and write your first song on any old acoustic guitar, but a solid-wood Martin can grow with you and stay with you for your entire life. Great name, great value, great guitar.

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Model: D-15

Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint

Body Size: D-14 Fret

Top: Solid Sapele or Genuine Mahogany

Rosette: Gold & Black Style Herringbone

Top Bracing Pattern: D1 (A-Frame)

Top Braces: Sitka/1 Style/Non-Scalloped

Back Material: Solid Sapele or Genuine Mahogany

Back Purfling: none

Side Material: Solid Sapele or Genuine Mahogany

Endpiece: none

Endpiece Inlay: none

Binding: none

Top Inlay Style: none

Side Inlay: none

Back Inlay: none

Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany

Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval

Nut Material: White Corian(R)

Headstock: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper

Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Gold Foil Logo

Heelcap: none

Fingerboard Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood

Scale Length: 25.4 in.

# of Frets Clear: 14

# of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16 in.

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8 in.

Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28

Fingerboard Binding: none

Finish Back & Sides: Satin/Mahogany Stain/Dark Filler

Finish Top: Satin/Dark Filler

Finish Neck: Satin/Dark Mahogany Stain/ Dark Filler

Bridge Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood

Bridge Style: 1 Style Belly

Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8 in.

Saddle: Compensated White Tusq

Tuning Machines: Chrome w/ Small Knobs

Recommended Strings: Martin SP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze

Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots

Pickguard: I-01 Tortoise Color

Case: 345 Hard Shell

Interior Label: Paper Label
Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner.) Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles are warrantied for one year. Strings are not covered under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837

Product Description

With the simply decorated Martin D15, Martin has reintroduced the Mahogany-top acoustic that was so popular in the 1940's (currently their most affordable guitar). The D15's solid, genuine Mahogany construction produces exceptional tone.

About the 15 Series
Martin's 15 Series allows you to satisfy your desire for a more easily affordable all solid wood Martin guitar - and they offer these guitars to you in all shapes and sizes.

These instruments feature richly stained solid Mahogany top, back, and sides to give it the distinctive look along with the recognizable Martin sound - features that mark it one of Martin's most attractive values.

Standard features for the 15 Series generally include solid Mahogany top, back and sides, herringbone decal rosette, satin finish, patented neck mortise, and "A-frame" X-bracing which enhances the rich, bright sound inherent in mahogany.
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"Martin D-15- A Sweet Chocolate Dreadnought- With an Even Sweeter Sound!"
Sound: One word- beautiful - Warm, bassy on the low end, balanced and clear on the highs. Sounds as good- if not warmer than D- 28's and 35's that I've played- and without the overdone brightness or shrill that some of the Taylors seem to usually posess. This is an incredible sounding guitar- Sound that you you'd expect from a git much more expensive. When you get it- put some A'Addario EXP's Medium Phosphor Bronze Strings on it- wow. Feature: A simple understated guitar- beautiful like a simple acoustic guitar florish... The choice of an all Mahogany body - gives it that unique warm sound- it also gives it that unmistakable cholocate color - who can resist a fudge brownie? Look... if you want a spruce top- your gits going to look like everyone elses. This one will stop people in their tracks - beleive me. Its unique and in its simplicity ...beautiful. Quality: Fit and finish is top notch. As many of the reviewers have already indicated- the sides are a tad thin- there is no binding- which adds to the beauty of this guitar. Take care of it. Value: There isn't another guitar out there at this price - that can touch the D-15 in value and in sound. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to deal with martin- but I heard only good things regarding there customer support- Make sure to registrar it. The Wow Factor: It's dark- its sounds are warm and addictive- this guitar has it all. Overall: I going to wear it out or it's going to wear me out- and when I'm done with it- it will be in the hands of my son.
Style of Music: Acoustic Fingerstyle, Rock, Jazz
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Sound: The sound made my decision. Learned on a borrowed high end Alvarez (I loved that guitar). When I went to the music store to buy, I tried all the Canadian & Japanese guitars, they all sounded the same. Played the D-15...deep, rich, resonating. Sounds great when playing with friends that have the higher toned accoustics. Feature: Get a Martin case. You can't show your face in public without a Martin in it's case. Quality: It's a Martin. Your Japanese guitar owning friends will be green with envy. Value: Martins are on the high end but they are American made and of the highest quality. You can't go wrong buying this guitar, it's easy to play and sounds great. Manufacturer Support: Didn't use it. The Martin website offers advice for adequate care. The Wow Factor: Some like the looks, others don't. My wife does, I don't. The sound won out over the looks. Since it was a birthday present, I tried to make my wife happy:) Overall: Some may not like the finish because shiny spots will appear where your skin rubs, but I think that it gives it character. I want my guitar to look like it's been played. If you want an accoustic that is light weight, a breeze to play and sounds great, buy one of these!
Style of Music: Rock, country, original
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