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Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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The Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar looks like it came right out of the history books, and delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year history, Martin has set more guitar design trends than ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar looks like it came right out of the history books, and delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year history, Martin has set more guitar design trends than can be counted. The company still embraces design techniques introduced many years ago to create their guitars' timeless tone.

Built on a dreadnought platform, the Martin 15 Series D-15M guitar boasts 14 open frets for a unique design and great range of tone. The top, back, and sides are genuine solid mahogany, offering strong guitar tone, with crisp, clear subtleties in each note's definition. One of mahogany's finest qualities is its density. Although it's not the hardest tonewood, it is free of air pockets and other deformities.

The vintage sound produced by the Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar is reminiscent of the Style 15 Martin guitars made popular during the 1940s. The Martin guitar is equipped with a mortise and tennon neck joint, offering the best wood binding practice ever conceived. Often used for shipbuilding, the process fuses two pieces of wood into a single, sturdy unit that stands up to the elements time and time again. The results are evident with the strength in tone and power in projection that you hear with each strum of this Martin acoustic guitar.

The Martin guitar's solid mahogany neck further complements the crisp, defined acoustic sound of this dreadnought. The bridge and fingerboard are solid East Indian rosewood, adding smooth sustain to the mix. The 14 open frets, 1-11/16 in. nut width, 2-1/8" bridge string spacing, and 16 in. radius add comfort for your intricate fingerboard movements.

Other appointments include a single-ring rosette, bone nut, solid/square taper headstock, solid East Indian rosewood headplate, diamonds and square fingerboard inlay, belly-style bridge, nickel open-geared tuning machines with butterbean knobs, and a solid black ebony bridge and end pins. Dressed in a soft satin finish and featuring a Delmar tortoise color pickguard, the Martin D15M guitar glows with classic vintage looks and sound.


Includes a Martin 345 hardshell guitar case.

Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world. 

Features

Model: D-15M
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''
Back and sides: solid genuine mahogany
Neck: solid genuine mahogany
Neck shape: modified low oval
Nut material: bone
Headstock: solid/square taper
Headplate: solid East Indian rosewood
Fingerboard material: solid East Indian rosewood
Scale length: 25.4''
Number of frets clear: 14
Number of frets total: 20
Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard position inlays: diamonds & squares - short pattern
Finish: satin
Bridge material: solid East Indian rosewood
Bridge style: belly
Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' radius/compensated/bone
Tuning machines: nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs
Recommended strings: Martin Studio Performance Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP4200)
Bridge & end pins: solid black ebony
Pickguard: delmar tortoise color
Case: 345 hardshell
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Martin15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

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(37 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

D-15M just received

By Mark

from PA

Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Had a really lousy guitar since I was a kid, decided to get back into playing a bit by special ordering this D-15M through Guitar Center. So this is not an expert opinion, but since there are no reviews, figured I would offer one. Guitar looks and sounds great. Smells like you are playing a chocolate bar inside of a cigar box - I stick my nose in and breathe in deeply every time I take it out of the case - it is great. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this guitar, so if it is in your budget, go for it. I liked the differences from the D-15, feel like if you are spending a grand on a guitar, a little more for these features is worth it. Strange to me that some people think it is too "plain" looking - personally I am not really into having a mother of pearl inlay shaped like a dragon on my fretboard, but to each his own I guess.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not dissappointed

By Joe

from Longview, TX

Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I've played guitar for a long time, and have played a lot of really high end guitars, but never owned a solid wood guitar. I've wanted a D-15 for a long time, and was not dissappointed. I just got it yesterday. It was set up perfectly right out of the box. Perfect action. No buzz whatsoever. You can really feel the bass in your chest when you play. Nice deep bass, but not muddy. Very clear sound. Of course it sounds good when you really dig into it, but I was surprised how good it sounded fingerstyle. Nice dark sound, but still clear. I'll hang onto this one for a long time.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must own

By Al Perry

from Leeds, UK

Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have owned several japanese guitars over the years but always wanted a Martin and when I first played the D15 M that was it. A guitar for all time, beautiful warm tone, loud enough to hold it,s own unplugged and a classic look. A must own and a guitar for the ages.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Luthier's Take on Very Impressive Budget Guitar

By Daniel Bombliss

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

First off, I'm a luthier/guitar tech at one of the guitar centers, but please note that does not at all affect my rating or input on this guitar. When I'm not working on customer guitars, I'm scoping out the store owned to keep them playing well. With that said, I get alot of time playing and feeling out all of the acoustic guitars in the store. Generally, I do not like new Martins, I'm more of a Taylor guy. To me I feel the newer Martins aren't very consistent in which ones have "the sound", which someone could argue all day long, but it's very seldom that I find a brand NEW Martin that I really like, despite the price tag, and so far we've had 2 of these in (Which both sold extremely quickly) and they've both been phenomenal, and I was disappointed both times that I didn't buy that 1 Martin that I actually loved. The 3rd one I'll get to play should be in next week or so, so I'll know better on consistency there, but I'm confident they are very nice. They are braced up with one of Martin's hybrid bracing patterns, called the A Frame X bracing patter. With that said, basically this guitar is a very light weight, lightly braced guitar. Very loud, very responsive, and just to pick it up, you can feel that it's going to have alot of sound. My personal favorite new guitar is the Taylor 814CE marked at 3k. We also have the Martin D28, HD28, HD28V, and all the other martins. I set this guitar on a stand, and grabbed 1 of the 2 814CE's that we had, and I prefered this to both (Being 1/3rd the cost says alot) I played it right next to all 3 of the D 28 variants we had (playing the same chords) and it just seemed to "have it" more to me. I may be finding that my personal preference is an all mahogany big bodied instrument (As I haven't had an 00015m to try yet) but, for 1150 I'm blown away, and as I'm not the sales guy, I almost hesitate to recommend this guitar in store, because I want to bring it home myself, and I never know what the next one in will sound like. Take my words as you will, but via the GC website, I highly recommend this guitar. I'm confident there isn't much that touches it for the price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful sound and feel

By Johnny

from Stone Mountain, Ga.

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Went to Guitar Center to try one of these but they did not have one in stock, I played the 00015m and took it home, but less than a week later I was ready to return it, very nice guitar just not for my style of playing.
    Called the store again, still did not have one, but another store did so I drove there and picked up the only one that had. it was a demo model had some marks and the strings were rusted, , they gave me some new strings and I went home wiped it down and replaced the strings and never looked back. This thing plays and sounds like a dream, I am in "hog heaven" I would highly recommend you try this guitar.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Entry Level Perfection

    By Michael Kahut

    from Portland, Oregon

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is my first Martin guitar and my experience with it, however short, has been fantastic. I'll be checking out other Martin instruments soon! The sales person described the D15M as an "entry level" guitar. If you classify guitars by price, I suppose this would be true, although there are cheaper guitars out there. Maybe he meant it was an entry level Martin. In any event, don't let the price sway you. The tone, playability and quality of this "entry level" dreadnought is amazing. I have 2 other guitars but this one seems to get the most playing time just because it sounds soooo good. I've owned this guitar for 3 months and it is just beginning to open up some and I look forward to hearing it continue to blossom into a fine guitar. So don't judge a guitar by it's price. If you are in the market for a good guitar and don't want to spend a fortune, you definitely want to include this instrument when you go shopping!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Taylor

    from San Diego, CA

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I've had this one for about a month now and have not been displeased by it in anyway. Amazing sound, tone, feel, craftsmanship quality all around. Even the case was awesome. I bought this and thought to myself, I wont ever need another acoustic. Before buying this, I had a Seagull S6 and I played them side by side for 2 hours. I even had a random guy at guitar center playing the same chord progression. I played probably 6 different Martin's and 3 Taylor's before deciding on the best quality for the money. You will not regret this purchase.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would give it 10 Stars if I could

    By Craig Drooger

    from Tampabay, Fl

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Just got this for a replacement of my 30 year old Yari. Did not want to take that on camping trips anymore to old and I am afraid something might happen too it. The main problem is trying to find something that sounded somewhere close to a 30 year old sweet sounding guitar. The Yari is all Mahogany too, so that was a plus. As soon as I played the first chord I new it had that sweet tone, which is unbelievable for a brand new guitar. If you haven't tried one search it out, it will be well worth your time.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Guitar

    By James Shipman

    from Lake Toxaway NC

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I just got my Martin D 15 yesterday and I absolutely LOVE this guitar. It was in tune even...lol Seriously though, this thing has the sweetest tone. The lows are clear and the highs are clean. Its loud if you bare down on it, but its just a really great guitar. I love the old vintage look, and its a perfect guitar if you love to play blues. I highly recommend this guitar. It plays and sounds as good as any other Ive tried. Of course Id love to have the EC Martin, but until I hit the lotto, this one will be just fine.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well I'm a Martin Guy for the rest of my life.....

    By Ric Clifton

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    My opinion may not carry the heaviest weight, as I've been a drummer since 8 years and only within the past 6 months started playing guitar. Living in a condo and being a drummer don't always go hand in hand. So I started out with a Dean Performer after playing some hand me downs...don't get me wrong, I love that guitar. But then I stumbled in to a Guitar Center this past week and played the D15M. My fingers are bleeding after the past few days. For the price, this guitar has amazing sounds. Reacts well when you lay in to it, but plays light when necessary, a lot of control. The sound is rich, deep....just beautiful. I've played for hours on end the past few days and am glad I made the purchase b/c it's made playing that much more enjoyable to play. Definitely a proud Martin owner and will be one for life.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great guitar that gets better with age

    By clyde

    from Newark, Oh

    Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I've had my D15M for 10 years. Like others have said it sounds great out of the box and has always played great frets easily and very light. I call mine number 5 or child number 5 I just love it. After 10 years it sounds better than it ever did brand new it was throaty brand new but just gets throatier as it ages. I have never had a problem keeping it in tune even with dead strings it sounds better than most acoustics and there has never been any sting buzz always clear and loud. The highs and lows are equally there when playing up and down the fretboard clear and rich. I use to leave number 5 out of the case on a stand at the ready. I don't recommend this because the wood is so thin when the temperature changes it changes the sound, sometimes dramatically. I suggest keeping it in a closed case it takes care of the problem. If you are looking for a great acoustic and can't shell out several thousand dollars you owe it to yourself to check out the Martin D15M. It's as good or better than several of Martin's own costing 2 and 3 times more and you have to go way up in the Taylor family to find anything comparable I believe.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm in love.

    By Mike

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Ive really wanted this guitar since I first saw it quite a few years ago. I especially love it's simplicity.
        Though I sincerely appreciate the crafstmanship and work out into inlays on martins, I prefer a more simple look. This guitar has a very simple rosette, a couple of very subtle yet gorgeous inlays in the neck and that's about it. No binding and has the most beautiful natural satin finish. I would love if Martin made something similar to this guitar but in rosewood but mahogany sounds and looks lovely. Would recommend to anyone who loves the beautify in simplicity. As for the way it plays, a slight adjustement to the truss rod after it was delivered and it plays better than any of my guitars. Love it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best I've had

        By Dave in Sac

        from Sacramento CA

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • A Great Guitar
        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • All Uses

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I just got this guitar and I love it. Great intonation. Bright treble and clear bass and mids. I played a lot of guitars in the store before I decided on the D15M. The price was low for an instrument of this quality with a case. There are no frills but I think the D15M will grow in value in the years to come.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I'd Buy This Guitar Over and Over Again

        By Amanda Johnson

        from Austin, TX

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I was lucky, I got this guitar as my first guitar as a birthday present about a week ago. I didn't know if it'd be too advanced for me or what to expect, but I LOVE it! It's pretty easy to play and it sounds FANTASTIC (and no, I'm not a music newbie, I played trumpet and viola). I look forward to both the many challenges and rewards that come along with playing and learning the guitar! And I'm so happy I chose this one!

         
        5.0

        I love this guitar

        By Steve Y.

        from Malvern, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • Minor intonation issues

        Best Uses

        • Fingerstyle
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Singer/Songwriter

        Comments about Martin 15 Series D-15M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I recently purchased a Martin D-15 manufactured in the 1999-2000 time frame (based on serial number) that was on consignment at a local music shop. I've been looking for an opportunity for years to buy from this local guy to support his business. He is a Taylor dealer but always has some interesting used guitars from various manufacturers on the other side of his high-end humidified acoustic guitar room. For some history, I had recently purchased a used 2016 Martin D-28 Standard in mint condition (not from Guitar Center), but being not completely satisfied with the D-28 I found myself wandering back out in search of "the one".

        I almost didn't pick up the D-15 based on looks alone. I thought it looked ugly and unfinished. But ultimately I decided to give it a try because what's the worst that could happen- I pick it up and fall in love with it?

        Well - that's what happened. It has super crisp sound and deep, resonant bass. Plucked notes on the higher strings even produce a slight "thump" which is incredibly satisfying. It sounds beautiful when strummed, flat picked or finger picked. It is a very dynamic instrument that can get very loud when dug into. The guitar's body resonates against my torso as I play it. I have been keeping the guitar in an open tuning and it just sings. This guitar had been set up just prior to my purchasing it so the action is relatively low, easy to play, and only buzzes occasionally which I believe is due to decrease string tension in the alternate tuning, and even then only occurs with a capo on 4th fret or higher.

        I love the guitar so much that I took advantage of GC's memorial day sale and bought a brand new D-15M which I should get this week. For the time being I plan to keep one in standard tuning and the other in alternate tuning. Seems crazy, I know.....but the guitar really is that good. Honestly, I prefer the sound and feel of this guitar way more than my D-28 which has been seeing a lot of case time lately.

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