The traditional Martin D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is part of the 16 series of guitars, which incorporate modern guitar specifications with the famous Martin quality and sound. Quality-built wi... Read More
The traditional Martin D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is part of the 16 series of guitars, which incorporate modern guitar specifications with the famous Martin quality and sound. Quality-built with a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, black Richlite fretboard and bridge, and hybrid X bracing. Features numerous deluxe appointments such as a bold herringbone rosette, black Boltaron binding, tortoise pickguard, chrome-enclosed tuners, and a natural gloss-top finish. Limited lifetime warranty.
Includes Martin hardshell case.
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Reviewed by 19 customers
I bought my D-16GT sight unseen, knowing that I've simply never played a bad Martin in 40 years of guitar playing. I ordered it online, picked it up at the store in Gilroy (CA) and proceeded to jam with friends, all playing Martins of various flavors. The D16GT fit right in with the D28 and 000-18 being played; the friend playing the D28 was pleasantly impressed when we swapped guitars. The guitar has a full dreadnought sound, which may be a bit loud for some players and I might try some other strings to cut the bright sound a bit (it comes with Martin Lifespan SP strings) but other than that, all the tone I expect from a D18 is there, especially in the bottom end. It really blasts with a pick, so I often just finger pick or use the fingernail to control the volume a bit. (speaking all acoustic here; no electronics onboard) The action is excellent and is steady all the way up the neck. The top has a gloss finish with a matte finish on the sides and one-piece back. The workmanship is classic Martin. I cannot say that I'm missing any of the finer D-18 appointments that have been swapped out with the D16GT in order to lower the cost. (Richlite fingerboard instead of ebony, ply block construction instead of solid mahogany blocks, etc) Like I said, I'm completely satisfied, and if I ever did want to 'upgrade' to another Martin, I'd have to play them side-by-side and have to really hear something special from another guitar before I'd feel like I needed to change. If you're not sure, play one in the store and see what you think. It's a Martin for sure.
A nice fit in the Martin line as this guitar is about $1k less than the D-18 but the differences are minimal. I ordered online with Guitar Center. The guitar arrived in perfect condition and I caught a good discount with the pre-holiday sales. Finally something made in the USA!!
Have tried many higher priced Martins ,but compared to the D-18 or D-28 I liked the warmer sound this projects. All Martins have a great sound ,but the rosewoods sound a bit tinnier.I have to agree with other reviewers ,this is a great buy. Got a Mint condition D-16GT from Guitar Center for a great price on a Martin that I thought I never would be able to afford. Wrong this is like brand new ,all the tags and plastic still on the pick-guard, strung with Martin SP Lifespan coated light strings. Agree the action is a little high for me and the same model I demoed in a local store had regular SP medium 80/20 strings which I think I prefer.It may be that with SP mediums the action is perfect.
The most shocking thing I can come up with about the D-16GT, is the playability....not a buzz anywhere....I looked for months, not weeks, for that "Oh my gawd I love this guitar!!! This is the one!" And although I never listened to any of the hype about Martin vs. Gibson or Taylor, I am a Gibson camp guy when I comes to electrics....I had discounted Martin, wanting a Gibson, but boy was I wrong....in fact....my D-16GT has lower action than my Gibson Les Paul, which is as absolutely low as it gets on jumbo frets.....for the price it's a steal....
I play electric so this is my really first acoustic. I spent days and hours at music stores searching for a Martin I wanted but each one had a different feel and sound. I did not want to spend the money on this guitar because it was over my budget but I am sure glad I did. The feel and sound is amazing.It has a nice warm but punchy sound which is what I was looking for. The neck, action is perfect and so easy to play. This is a USA made model Martin not a Mexican made one. I will be installing Fishman electronics in the future. This is no doubt and excellent guitar for beginner or advanced guitarist. Buy one you'll be glad you did. I am
I recently purchased a Martin D16GT and love the tone and playability of this guitar! I chose it over a Gibson Songmaker that was similarily priced and while I liked the Gibson playabilty, tone, and quality,it really was no match when compared with the Martin D16. Besides great tone and playability, I wanted a solid body guitar that was affordable and was made in America. I haven't had this guitar for very long but have already fallen in love with it. I'm very happy with my choice.
Nice guitar! Not all the same materials used to make a classic D-18 or D-28, but they did a great job on the sound... Very nice. The bolt on neck and micarta fret board is great for durability and outdoors. I use this guitar as a travel guitar as I travel a great deal and want a solid wood guitar to play while on the road. They is when I get to play most. I also own a D-18 which I love, but does not take me away from playing the D-16 GT. I strongly reccomend this guitar for any type of acoustical guitar needs.
When I first picked up the D16GT, I saw the price tag and thought "That's not bad". Then, I played it and thought "That's great!" Finally able to purchase a Martin at a price that was affordable to me with the sound that I was looking for. I compared the D16GT to several other higher priced Martin's and found the sound to be just about the same in all. If you're looking for a great guitar at a great price, this is it!
I own an original D28 and a 2004 HD28V but I play with the D16GT everyday from sunrise to midnight. I have installed a bband a2.2 pick up and will never part with this ever. The fret board is made of tough material that will never get scratched and you just need to lower the action and get light strings for long jam sessions and you will never let go of this "EVER". pros use it we can too.:) gino
I have played as a hobby for the past 40 years and have always wanted a Martin acoustic guitar.I have'nt played for awhile because of my arthritis in my hands. However, when I picked up this D-16GT Martin in the store I was amazed at the action because I could actually play it! I played all the Martins in the store but I fell in love with the D-16GT for it's playability and sound. I thought I would never be able to play again but Martin has made my dream come true! Thank you Martin Guitars.
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