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Martin D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (with Case)

This Martin acoustic's all-solid-mahogany body will catch your eye -- and your ear, with its warm midrange and clear top end enhanced by A-frame X-bracing. (18) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Modified low oval neck shape Thin, fast feel with even tapering towards bridge
A-frame X brace Great top stability and focused tone
Mortise/tenon neck joint Enhanced stability, sustain and strength
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Constructed of solid mahogany from the top down, the Martin D-15M is a go-to guitar for any player seeking rich sound and classic looks.

Class Over Flash

The D-15M's dramatically dark look stems from its solid mahogany top with satin finish. Though mahogany is often used to craft a guitar's back and sides, a mahogany top is less common and stands out among other tonewoods for its rich appearance. The D15M features a mahogany back and sides as well as a mahogany neck, giving the guitar a uniform look. Subtlety is the order of the day here; touches like the satin finish, herringbone rosette, Delmar tortoise-color pickguard, and butterbean-shaped tuning machines lend understated elegance to the model.

Naturally Warm Sound

Mahogany is not only noted for its appearance, however. The wood also gives the guitar a warm sound in the midrange and crisp highs. Those guitarists unsatisfied with sharper, brighter tonewoods may find the sound they are looking for in mahogany. If you like the mellow and earthy sound, there is plenty to hear -- as the guitar's sustain is only made stronger by the East Indian rosewood bridge.

An Echo of Martin's History

The D-15M's design -- and name -- hearkens back to the Style 15 Martin guitars from the 1940s. Like those guitars, the D-15M features no binding along the body or neck and no extra ornamentation or electronics that risk changing the tonal character. The neck is joined to the body by a mortise and tenon neck joint, which binds the two pieces with a specialized groove and glue. The top is reinforced through A-Frame X bracing, a technique Martin uses specifically for guitars with mortise and tenon neck joints.

Features:

- Solid mahogany top
- Solid mahogany back and sides
- Satin finish
- Solid sitka spruce bracing
- A-frame X top bracing pattern
- Mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard
- Mortise and tenon neck joint
- Neck joins body at 14th fret
- Solid East Indian rosewood headplate
- Delmar tortoise color pickguard
- Single ring rosette
- Ebony bridge pins
- Includes hardshell case

Fans of mid-century roots and blues music look no further: the D15M has the sound of a guitar from that period made with Martin's time-honed production methods.

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- 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 inches
- Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
- Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
- Endpiece: None
- Endpiece Inlay: None
- Binding: None
- Top Inlay Style: None
- Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
- Nut Material: Bone
- Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
- Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Heelcap: None
- Fingerboard Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Scale Length: 25.4 inches
- Number of Frets Clear: 14
- Number of Frets Total: 20
- Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16 inches
- Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8 inches
- Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares - Short Pattern
- Fingerboard Binding: None
- Finish Back and Sides: Satin
- Finish Top: Satin
- Finish Neck: Satin
- Bridge Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Bridge Style: Belly
- Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8 inches
- Saddle: 16 inch Radius/Compensated/Bone
- Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared with Butterbean Knobs
- Recommended Strings: Martin MSP 4200 Light Phosphor Bronze
- Bridge and End Pins: Solid Black Ebony
- Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
- Case: 345 Hard Shell
- Electronics: None
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 21 x 9 in
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

The Martin D15M acoustic guitar is the most affordable solid wood guitar of the D15 series plus it is the most visually distinctive and innovative. Martin has the long recognized the excellent tonal qualities of mahogany - bright, clear trebles and a warm mid-range. Additional features include herringbone rosette, rich satin finish, patented neck mortise and A-frame X bracing for enhanced tone.
Customer Reviews
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Sound: It's a Martin. Bright clear crisp sound with good bottom end. You can still hear your first note ring while you are on your third note. It's amazing. Great for strumming or picking the blues. I have a Larrivee D-03 HH and they both have amazing tone. The sound of the Larrivee may be a little more softer and smooth, but that is not necessarily better. The Martin has that "Martin" sound. You can't go wrong with this guitar. It's look is amazing and it smells like a cigar box that was filled with chocolate. Seriously! I love the neck, the action is great. Real easy to play. I also own two high end Baden guitars that cost me $3,000 along with a cheap Seagull S6. This guitar kills them. If you want more bottom end and a more country music sound, then switch to Ernie Ball Medium light strings. The guitar will sound completely different. The strings that come on the guitar are great. My friend has a Martin D 15 and we both feel the D15M has a better sound. We both had on the same new strings. The D15 is made out of Sapele (African Mahogany) which is a cheaper wood seen on low entry Martin's and Larrivee. The guitar may be about $300 cheaper, but I would spend more and get the D-15M which has the more expensive and rare Brazilian mahogany. The Cheaper Sapele will have ribbons running through it. It's a different look and a different sound. Still amazing, but the value of the D15M will be worth more because the world is almost out of Brazilian mahogany and most guitar manufacturers are switching to the cheaper Sapele. Guitar purist will only buy a Hog made out of Brazilian mahogany. The D-15M will only increase in value. Do not ruin this gem by cutting it and sticking in a pick up. Buy a Fishman Matrix infinity which sits inside the soundhole. Best sound you will ever hear and it does not destroy your guitar. Anytime you have a cutaway or cut in to the guitar, you lose sound quality. If you are a novice and wanted something with a guitar tuner built in, then let me suggest a Shadow SH sonic Tuner. It is the best and first world's soundhole tuner. You will not even know it's there. It does not affect the sound and nobody can see it but you. They work amazing and I have them on my guitars. They velcro on. Again, you don't cut in to your guitar. All I can say is that I have a Larrivee D-03 and two high end Baden's and now my Martin D-15. All my friends are professional musicians and whenever they come over at the end of the night if only one guy is strumming...he's playing the Martin. It just looks and sounds amazing. You can't go wrong. You will love the action and neck on this guitar. I can't imagine what this guitar will sound like once it opens up with age. Do keep it in it's case and buy a humidifier for this guitar (all your guitars). The best guitar I have ever heard was a Martin D-18 Golden Era...but those are over $4,000. The Larrivee's are amazing guitars, but they tend not to go up in value due to name recognition, but they can hold their own with any Martin. If you are looking for a cheap entry level guitar under $500, then go with the Seagull S6. Honestly, for the money...it's sick. It does have a cedar top, so it will sound "Bright". If you don't like that, then go with a Washburn 10 series or an epiphone EJ-200 which is maple. Maple guitars are not as bright. I highly recommend this Martin D-15M Feature: This is an all mahogany guitar. The sound will be different, but awesome. It all depends on what you like. Each wood will have it's own sound. Ease of Use: Everything was perfect. I might lower the action, but that is a personal preference. Quality: It's a Martin! You could bury me with this thing. My epitaph will say "I finally quit playing my Martin. This thing will last generations. Value: Yep! Manufacturer Support: NO problems. The Wow Factor: Looks "old School". Not other guitar like it. Looks like it walked out of the 1930's. Unique and utilitarian. No bling...which is a good thing. Overall: I would supplement this guitar. I would never replace it. Probably wear it out. I would replace this guitar if lost or stolen. Brand name recognition and reputation was the reason I chose this guitar over similar priced guitars.
Style of Music: Country and Rock
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great Guitar for the price and the smell..........ohhh the smell"
Overall: Martin's are always setup with higher action than I like so I had a good setup done and now absolutely love this guitar. The first thing you notice when you open the case is sweet smell of mohagany which is awesome. The playability (after the setup) is great and the sound is unbelievable. Pure Martin with an extra shot of bass from the mahogany wood. I've used this guitar in the studio and the engineer actually had a hard time pulling out some of the bass. It's a great guitar by itself with vocals but the tone will get lost a little bit in a band situation as the tone is so bassy it will mix in with the bass guitar too much. I'd suggest a Spruce top in a band (recording or live) situation but for just pure guitar or with vocals, this is hands down the guitar to use.
Style of Music: Blues, rock, acoustic
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