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Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought is an affordable, solid wood acoustic guitar, backed by a heritage of over 175 years of skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Constructed fro... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought is an affordable, solid wood acoustic guitar, backed by a heritage of over 175 years of skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Constructed from solid tonewoods including a Sitka spruce top, bookmatched sapele back and sides, as well as an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, the 1-Series D-1 guitar creates that legendary rich and commanding Martin sound that guitarists everywhere have come to know and love. This dreadnought guitar comes equipped with Martin SP strings for great long-lasting tone and sustain, as well as a hard-shell case for protection and security.

Responding to challenging economic times, Martin has created the 1-Series to deliver legendary Martin quality and tone at a more accessible price.


  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Bookmatched sapele back and sides
  • East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Martin SP strings
  • Model: D-1
  • Label: Paper Label w/ Model Name
  • Construction: 1 Style; Ply Blocks; Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Braces: Sitka/X1 Style/Scalloped
  • Pattern: D 14 Fret #101a
  • Bridge Plate: Maple
  • Side Brace: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
  • Top Inlay: .0325'' B/W Boltaron (White Against Binding)
  • Rosette: Style 28; First Cut @ 4.188''
  • Pickguard: Black, Pattern 1 (D28 Style)
  • Back: Solid Sapele
  • Back Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
  • Sides: Solid Sapele
  • Endpiece: Black Boltaron
  • Neck: Rust Stratabond
  • Neck Shape: Mod Low Oval
  • Headstock: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper
  • Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable 356mm
  • Heelcap: Black Boltaron
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Headplate: Indian Rosewood Pattern Hpl Texture Finish W/ Printed Logo
  • Tuning Machines: Ping Chrome- 18:1 Ratio w/ Small Knobs (Drill Y Step)
  • Fingerboard: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Radius: 16''
  • Scale Length: 25.470''
  • Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
  • Width At 12 Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fret Wire: Standard
  • Fret Slot: .020''
  • Frets Clear: 14
  • Total Frets: 20
  • Pearl Inlay: Style 28
  • Side Dots: White Boltaron
  • Side Dot Position: One At 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, Two At 12th, One At 15th & 17th Frets
  • Finish Body Package: Catalyzed Satin/ Dark Filler/Med. Cherry Stain
  • Finish Top: Catalyzed Satin
  • Bridge: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Style: 1 Style Belly
  • String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Electronics: None
  • Strings: MSP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze
  • Bridge Pins: White w/ Black Dots
  • End Pin: White w/ Black Dot
  • Case: 345
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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

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Martin1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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(46 of 46 customers found this review helpful)


Simple styling with awesome sound

By Keith

from St. Louis MO

Comments about Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is nothing fancy to look at but it sounds amazing. I spent 2 hours playing different guitars in the store and none of them under $1200 had a sound as good as the D-1. When playing chords it has a nice full sound and when playing individual strings it sings. The harmonics up and down the neck are amazing and the guitar was set up perfect and was very easy to play. I've owned Martin, Breedlove, Alverez and Fender acoustics and the D-1 is the best sounding acoustic I've owned for the price. Get one you won't be disappointed.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


A Dream Come True

By Alan Baxter

from Modesto, CA

Comments about Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I own a Yamaha already, I was trying different guitars. I never thought that I could afford a Martin. Well I have one now and all I can say is that it is worth alot more than the price. It sounds fabulous and plays like a dream. The sound is just so clear and full. If you can get a better guitar, I doubt it. If you need to play more lead guitar, get the Taylor. Otherwise get the dream. Keith in Sacramento was a great salesperson, call him. My best friend and I bought at the same time, that says alot about the guitar and sales experience.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Why did I wait 32 years?

By A. Wayne Parker

from Hummelstown, PA

Comments about Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I just traded a '78 Ibanez. I can't believe I waited this long. The feel, the sound are incredible. The deep base notes and overall tonal quality are hard to match, unless you buy a more expensive Martin. I am blown away. I did the Martin tour years ago and should have purchased one at the factory. The sound from a mahogany body is beyond my expectations and I never realized just how a great a wood it is for sound quality in a guitar. The neck is fast and the frets are solid and right on. It's a joy to play an acoustic again. I'm actually playing more that I used to. This guitar draws you in. I almost don't want to put it down.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Guitar at a Great Price

By Erik

from Providence, RI

Comments about Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

First a word about my experience: I've played guitar for three years, and I decided it was time to get an acoustic that was really something I loved instead of a stand-in. I set my price limit somewhere around $1000, being a college student, but determined I would try guitars regardless of price, to get a feel for the difference between what $300 and $3000 will buy. I went to two Guitar Centers and played most of the acoustics on the wall, from $3500 Taylors down to the $400 HPL Martins and a few cheaper Ibanez/etc. guitars. About the guitar: The D-1 (and OM-1 too) leapt out at me in a way that nothing else south of $2000 to $3000 did. The bass is strong and clear, the highs bright but not brittle, and the whole guitar sounds rich and really comes alive when played. I found hammer-ons really jumped out rather than being covered up by the ringing of other strings. The sound is overall brassy and warm rather than smooth, with a biting rawness to it that lends it character. It was the guitar of all the ones I played that managed to make everything I did sound good. I vastly preferred the D-1 over the D-16 which sounded a bit dull and dead to me, especially compared with the D-28 and the Gibsons/Taylors. It may not be the Martin purist�ۡ���s choice, but I think the D-1 holds its own against guitars twice the price. The D-1 has a distinctly different sound, beautiful in its own right, and it was just what I was looking for. It seems to vibrate more (and sound a bit livelier) than the D-16/18/28, which I attribute partly to the satin finish. Also, medium strings suit this guitar much better than the lights that came on it. Fitted with mediums, the guitar sounds better and maintains its composure during heavier strumming without becoming "boomy" or distorted as it can with lights. The appointments are nothing to be ashamed of, plain but not dull or ugly, and I personally prefer the matte top to the gloss used on some of the other models (and though the neck is Stratabond rather than hardwood, it is an interesting and distinctive look, and one of the most comfortable necks I've ever played to boot). The finish is very soft and the top dents quite easily: I have a tiny scratch or two in it after several months, despite being quite careful. Fit-and-finish is impeccable--the guitar really feels like a quality instrument. I am replacing the plastic bridge/end pins with a bone or ebony set (I will try both out for sound) but other than that I see nothing that needs to be done until something fails (which looks like it could be quite a ways off). The tuners are smooth and hold a tune well, though they are a bit sloppier than some, but that is easily fixed with a new set. Someday I will save for a $2000+ guitar, but I have no regrets with this purchase, as it serves my needs and skills well. Do yourself a favor and try out a D-1. It may suit your tastes or it may not, but it is worth a look. I'd give it 5 stars at its price, which is how I chose to review it. I'd give it 4 stars overall: it isn't perfect, but it also isn't a multiple-thousand-dollar instrument.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Not so much a review but a complaint.

By Keith Thomas

from Mitchell, Indiana

Comments about Martin 1-Series D-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar may sound excellent. It may play excellent. The one problem I am having with our guitar companies these days is their use of substandard materials. I can understand the cheaper wood in place of endangered wood in the back and sides. (Sapele is a close cousin). BUT, I have a big problem with, what is basically a plywood type of neck material! Also, so many companies are now making guitars that have actual wood tops and laminate (might as well read as plastic) sides and backs! Look, I bought plastic guitars when I was 5! For 50 cents! I don't want to buy one now! So, why cheapen the Martin name (or any other major producers name) with half wood, half plastic guitars, by using plastic and calling it something else or counter top material!? What do you have? A 5 to 10 year guitar! After that, you have tender for the campfire. (If you want to burn plastic!). Wood DOES NOT expand at the same rate as plastic! WILL have problems out of these "hybrids". Martin. Lets get back to "name pride" and building guitars everyone can own and be proud of. Oh, and the environmental argument is out the window and here's why; The guitar is only gonna last 5-10 years if you're lucky. A solid wood guitar will last many many years if taken care of. So, much sooner than later....your guitar is going to become a permenant part of the landfill. Nothing environmental about that! If you want a plastic and wood guitar?, then just go buy an Ovation. At least they're not trying to confuse the buying public by calling plastic something other than plastic. Just my educated take of it. Peace....

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