The Martin DM dreadnought was part of their Road Series which was introduced in 1996 It was designed to be affordable and durable with solid spruce tops and laminated mahogany back & sides.
Finish colour natural finish
Finish effects satin finish
Body top material solid spruce top
Body back material laminated mahogany body back
Body sides material laminated mahogany body sides
Body style dreadnought-size body
Pickguard material tortoiseshell pickguard
Soundhole rosette herringbone rosette
Binding black binding
Body fret neck joins body at 14th fret
Neck heel rosewood heel cap
Neck material mahogany neck
Number of frets 20 fret
Nut corian nut
Tuners Martin three-each-side
Bridge pins white with black dot pins
Bridge rosewood bridge
Fingerboard material rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard markers dot fingerboard position markers
Manufacture Made in USA
This Martin DM was bought new by its one owner back in 1999. It has been played at home, never on stage. It is in original condition with no changes except the strings. And it has been well looked after.
This is a fine guitar – it plays well and sounds like a Martin Dreadnought should. It bears the Martin badge, but is way cheaper than most Martins we have listed. It was launched by the company back in the 1990s as part of a push to be more “affordable”. This was achieved by using laminated sides & back, a satin finish, and not much bling as far as the cosmetics go.
Most laminated acoustic guitars don’t that great, but Martin laminates were three-ply tonewoods – not just any old ply. It was usually bigleaf mahogany faces (outer and inner) with an African mahogany core. Which is rather better than the “mystery” middle and inner layers of most laminate builds.
So it actually delivers that true Martin sound – sparkling clear top end, rich bass, and ample midrange punch. And plenty of volume. It has a few marks and signs of wear but nothing offensive. Frets are good with lots of life left. The closed Martin tuners are solid, truss rod works fine, action is medium low & clean all the way up.
Comes in its original Martin hard case in good condition.