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Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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, FSC Certified 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.

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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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
  • Construction: Ply Blocks/Simple Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Bold Herringbone
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16
  • Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Back Purfling: none
  • Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Endpiece: Black Boltaron
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: Black Boltaron
  • Top Inlay Style: none
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut Material: White Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood/Raised Gold Foil
  • Heelcap: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Material: FSC Certified Richlite
  • 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: Style 28
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: Satin
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Bridge Style: Belly
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
  • Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200) - sold separately
  • Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Color
  • 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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Martin16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Stays in tune (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar for the Money

The new D16GT guitar is super! When you are used to playing non-Martin guitars, you are never quite prepared for the aural feast provided by a real Martin. Sustain is impressive and balance...Read complete review

The new D16GT guitar is super! When you are used to playing non-Martin guitars, you are never quite prepared for the aural feast provided by a real Martin. Sustain is impressive and balance and volume are admirable. The D-16 doesn't have any fancy inlays or anything like the standard series Martins, but for the price, you can't beat the tone. The action on mine is a bit high for my taste, so I put some lighter gauge strings on it. The sacrifice in tone is minimal, but the fingering is much easier. The tonewoods (and subsequently, the tone)are similar to those of the D-18. The finish on the top provides an interesting contrast to the satin back and sides, but might not be to everyone's liking. Check out the photo on this website. I recently played a J40 and a D35 that a couple of friends of mine play. The D16GT doesn't have the volume of the D35 or the richness of the J-40, but for 1/2 to 1/3 the price of those other guitars, what do you want? For anyone who wants to step up to a Martin without spending a bundle, I highly recommend this guitar. I've played lots of similarly priced guitars. For less than a 1000 bucks you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not impressed

I just traded for a D-16GT, mine has a pickup in it. It sounds decent on an amp, but acousticaly it is weak. The action was high, but I fixed that....Read complete review

I just traded for a D-16GT, mine has a pickup in it. It sounds decent on an amp, but acousticaly it is weak. The action was high, but I fixed that. I'm a Martin fan, but not impressed with this one. I have a Blueridge 180 that plays and sounds like a high end Martin. It's in the same price range, but more guitar.

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5.0

Really good sustain, nice sound, nice treble.

By Joe

from Boston, MA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    When I bought this I had my eye on a Taylor Gallery Guitar from the Living Jewel series, the grey whale model. I regret not buying that despite the price. I love high end Taylors for the high notes and the sustain. I bought this because it had somewhat similar sustain and good treble at a much lower price. The sound isn't quite the same but this is a good guitar and when I play high on the board I remember why I bought it. The volume is substantial and it's not hard to play as long as you have the action adjusted properly.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By jfsjr67

    from East Syracuse, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I've only had the guitar 2 weeks. So far it is a great guitar. I will do another review in the near future to see if I still feel the same way. Great bass response. Easy to play.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Martin Quality

      By JWR

      from Sacramento, California

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I have been taking lessons now for about a year, after coming back from a layoff of 40 years. I began a year ago on a Yamaha with Nato sides and back. This Martin has mahogany sides and back that produce a much richer sound that makes playing more desirable. The fretboard is a composite fiber, that I suppose keeps the price down. I bought this during a sale at GC and am thoroughly satisfied with the product. I'll play this a few years before moving up either to a better Martin or a Gibson.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This Guitar is all I wanted and it meets my expetations

        By Spyder

        from Coast range in Oregon

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I picked up the guitar again a few years ago after not playing since teen years. I really wanted a fine instrument as my next guitar and this is it. I am 63 now and having a blast.

           
          5.0

          A great guitar

          By MrHockey172000

          from St. Paul, MN

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought this guitar used at the Guitar Center. I was told that they guy who owned it had played it a few times, put it away and brought it in because he didn't see that he was going to get back to playing guitar. It is a 2010. I was awed by how it sound with my novice abilities.

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            It's just ok

            By David G

            from Jupiter, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              Martin should get credit for thinking about the environment and making their guitars with less wood and some partially synthetic material like the rich lite bridge and fretboard. However, the tone is only a hint of what a real Martin sounds like. The action has to stay high so that you get chord projection which makes it an effort to play. My Blueridge 000 guitar makes considerably more sound than this guitar which makes no sense. Sides and back are very light so I'm not sure why. I think the necks are screwed in on these models which might be a part of the problem. It does have a dark Martin like sound with an emphasis on more bass than highs however the sound is faint to me. I wonder if the guitar performed better it would have subscribed me to the Martin sound. At first I though my Taylor was too bright. Now I'm understanding that this one is simply dull in my opinion. In all fairness It could come down to a personal choice at the end. But for me the definition of an affordable guitar is one that costs half as much as this one. The price has gone up 30% in the last two years and continues to rise. I don't think that's right either. The tuners are of mixed quality too. Tensioned differently and a couple made noises as if they're defective. In my opinion you're paying 50% more for the Martin name on the head-stock. It's unfortunate that you have to pay four grand for a Martin that sounds good and made well I presume. Anything under that level is just to give you a hint of what a Martin is. Either way the prices are too high and this one is made in the US so for all of those people who think that's an answer this one leaves some questions. The good news is that MF stands behind their product so if you're like me there's an option to get a different brand. A lot of hype with Martin products in my opinion. It does look ok and the gloss finish is nice but that's not enough for me.

              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a great guitar!

              By One Happy Acoustic Player

              from Willow Wood, OH

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I was in the market for a new acoustic in the one thousand range. I was really leaning toward a Taylor 214ce. I tried one out and thought it didn't feel right and it was a little bright. I then tried a Taylor 314ce and realized where the six hundred price difference came from. I was out of my price range.
                  I then went to another guitar shop looking for a used Taylor when I came upon a Martin DX1RAE and I laughed, because I hated Martin guitars. I played several martins over my 25 years of playing and they were the hardest guitars I ever played. I figured a 5 year old could cut out a slab of wood and put some strings on it and it would be an easier instrument to play than a Martin. My ex-wife talked me into buying a Martin in 2006 (brand new all mahogany paid twelve hundred out the door) and I sold it a month later for eight hundred. Couldn't stand the effort I had to put into playing the dang thing. So, yeah I was going to prove to myself once again what a joke Martins are.
                  I picked up that five hundred and fifty priced Martin and played it. I was very surprised at the ease of playing. I couldn't believe what had happened. I picked up a Martin DX1AE and it played like butter as well. I knew I was on the right track and the sound was 20 times better than the Taylor. Yep, the butterflies in my stomach really had my heart racing. I wanted that sound and playability, but could not stand the looks of the stratabond neck and the Mahogany Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish. I didn't think it would hold up very well.
                  So, after much research I noticed the Martin D-16GT offered everything I was looking for, especially the modified low oval neck, solid wood and in my price range, I got mine for eleven hundred forty nine skins. The price has gone up a little. I wasn't able to try one out, but knew this would be everything the DX1RAE was plus a whole lot more. I ordered it online and when it arrived I was the happiest man in town. This guitar sounds so good. I have played out and guitar players ask me what kind of guitar I'm playing, because it sounds so good. When I tell them it is a Martin the answer is usually something along the line of "yep, you can tell". I've put over 250 hours of playing on this guitar in the last 9 months, I bought it in June 2014. This is the best acoustic guitar I have ever owned or played for that matter. It looks great, it feels great, it plays great and it sounds great!!!!!!! Now, I wanna go try out a D-28 to see how it holds up to the D-16GT. I just don't see how it can get much better. I am very surprised and extremely pleased with my Martin D-16GT!

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nothing like a Martin

                  By Alberto

                  from Nederland, TX.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Church Gospel
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    I tried many brands, all about the same price and solid woods. But when I strummed my Martin D-16GT there was no question about it. Thank you Musician's friend for putting up with my returns.

                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Totally satisfied...

                    By Mark

                    from Carmel Valley, CA

                    Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    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.

                     
                    5.0

                    Moving On Up!

                    By Don

                    from Lexington, KY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Martin 16 Series D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      Rich handmade custom sound is the key ... staying in tune and easy to pick up and play is the mantra for this D-16. The D-16 plays soft and speaks loud. The Martin D-16 fits a perfect second guitar (thanks Renee) owner as well as a seasoned pro. Why should guitar players not treat ourselves to a Martin? There is no good reason.

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