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This American-made, Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is the real deal and a real steal. Made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, this amazing instrument is crafted with a solid Sitk... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 07-27-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

This American-made, Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is the real deal and a real steal. Made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, this amazing instrument is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. Like many of Martin’s famous dreadnought guitars, the Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought has all the punch and volume that players have come to expect from the world-famous Martin Guitar Co. The combination of Sitka spruce and mahogany back and sides generates a tone with expressive highs and mid-range frequencies; plus, a loud, punchy bottom end. Along with a great tone, this guitar has amazing sustain and dynamic response.

Made in Nazareth, PA, the Custom D is equipped with a simple dovetail neck joint. This glued, neck-to-body joint allows the neck and body of the guitar to resonate as one instrument. Like many of the world’s finest string instruments, the dovetail does not have any bolts that limit sustain and change the color of the acoustic sound. The tight fit increases the transference of tone and sustain across the entire instrument. Play as soft, or as hard as you want, and this instrument has got you covered. This versatile guitar can handle just about any musical style, from bluegrass to rock, and anything in between. And, best of all, the Custom D is an awesome complement to the human voice. Whether you are on tour, playing a coffeehouse gig, or just jamming with your friends, the Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought will be everything you had hoped for in an acoustic guitar.

Playability
With playability a must for students and working musicians, the Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought features a very comfortable modified low oval neck. Each Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought receives a computerized Plek setup for the most accurate action possible.

Pick up one of these beauties, and you will not be disappointed!

Includes hardshell case.

Features
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • D1 A-frame bracing pattern
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Modified low oval solid mahogany neck
  • Mortise-and-tenon neck joint
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Solid Indian rosewood bridge
  • Solid Indian rosewood head plate with raised gold foil decal
  • Small dot position markers
  • Inlaid single-ring rosette
  • Tortoise top binding
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • White Corian nut
  • Satin finish
  • 25-2/5 in. scale length
  • 16 in. fingerboard radius
  • 14 clear frets
  • 20 frets total
  • 1-11/16 in. width at nut
  • Includes Martin hardshell case
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MartinCustom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 34 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Good audio (16)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

What a Wonderful Gift

My son Jesse bought the Martin D-15 Custom for me. It is made of solid mahogany sides and back and a solid spruce top. To look at it it is handsomely plain but...Read complete review

My son Jesse bought the Martin D-15 Custom for me. It is made of solid mahogany sides and back and a solid spruce top. To look at it it is handsomely plain but when you pick it up and play it there is nothing plain about it. The playability and tone are the best I have ever had the pleasure to experience in a guitar. It resonates pure distint tones from base to tenor that blend together with a beautiful fullness. I use to play an Alverez Yari classical guitar and now I only play my Martin. I paired it up with the Marquis Chestnut guitar strap. I find it hard to put it away in my Martin guitar case. I wish I could play it all day long. My Martin D-15 trio is by far the most wonderful gift I have ever had the honor of receiving. Thank you Jesse and the Martin Guitar Company.

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great for money

Just playing. ..sounds great for the money

Just playing. ..sounds great for the money

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(52 of 56 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable Value

By Charlie C

from PA

Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I played every Martin, Ovation, Laravee, Epiphone, and Taylor in the 650-1200 dollar price range. This was the clear winner. This being a limited edition it has the Sitka Spruce top that the normal D-15 does not have. Only enhances the sound. Absolutely sounds and plays fantastic. The workmanship on this guitar is flawless. It is so easy to play also. You will not find a better acoustic under 1000 dollars. A must try.

(38 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a Wonderful Gift

By Dianne 20

from De Soto, MO

Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

My son Jesse bought the Martin D-15 Custom for me. It is made of solid mahogany sides and back and a solid spruce top. To look at it it is handsomely plain but when you pick it up and play it there is nothing plain about it. The playability and tone are the best I have ever had the pleasure to experience in a guitar. It resonates pure distint tones from base to tenor that blend together with a beautiful fullness. I use to play an Alverez Yari classical guitar and now I only play my Martin. I paired it up with the Marquis Chestnut guitar strap. I find it hard to put it away in my Martin guitar case. I wish I could play it all day long. My Martin D-15 trio is by far the most wonderful gift I have ever had the honor of receiving. Thank you Jesse and the Martin Guitar Company.

(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

playing it for a year now

By john

from santa clara, ca

Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Because this guitar tends to be so mellow, string selection is more critical than for any other guitar I've owned. The guitar is immanently playable, and makes other guitars seem somewhat heavy and awkward. I actually took my 1973 Guild D-25 into the luthier to try to get its action closer to the Martin's. I'm finding that the Martin changes not only how I play, but what music I'm interested in developing. I wish I'd picked it up five years ago.

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin D custom

By John Bailey

from Hermitage, TN

Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

After many years of wanting a Martin, I have found exactly the tone and playability I wanted in this guitar at a cost I could afford. I was a little disappointed with the first sound I got after receiving this guitar, but replacing the old strings with a new set re-affirmed that Martins have the warmth and projection I always admired. Thanks to Martin for keeping top quality and craftsmanship their priority in making all their products.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

gets better every year

By john farnsworth

from SF Bay area

Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar for selfish reasons, thinking that my performing days were over so I'd get the mahogany sound I preferred rather the rosewood sound you need to fill a room. The crazy thing is that I'm now performing again, and I'm blaming it on the guitar. It's such a pleasure to play, it seems a shame to keep it to myself. I've had Custom D for several years now, and the tone is substantially more lively now than when I first bought it. It took about six months to find the right strings for it; all the Martin strings were way too mellow for this guitar. I finally settled on D'Addario EJ15-3D and they match this guitar wonderfully, with a warm and bright tone. Someone else mentioned that this guitar is much more sensitive to strings than others, and I agree with that 100%. After I found the strings I wanted to use I took the guitar to a luthier to get the action tuned to these strings and to my playing style, and it was well worth the money. At this point the guitar seems to play itself. I love the smell of this guitar, which I'm sure is a function of the matte finish. After three years the neck is now glossy even though I've always washed my hands before playing. There's a little gloss forming where my arm comes down on the top of the body, and in a few places on the back. I guess this was inevitable, but I've resisted the temptation to polish the guitar because I'm sure the light finish has helped this Martin breathe much more than a glossy guitar. It took a while to get used to a non-glossy finish, but at this point I prefer it. (And I always keep a rag handy. This is a guitar that begs to be wiped down after every session.) I play with a couple other fellows who play Martins, and it's amazing how the guitars complement each other. One plays an 000-45, the other a D-28, and I was worried that those guitars would overshadow mine in terms of timbre, especially with the extra light strings I use, but this has not been the case. Even un-miked in a room with 30 people, it holds its own in the midst of the rosewood guitars, oven once a banjo is mixed in. One of the biggest differences between this guitar and any other guitar I've ever owned is how well it stays in tune, even after a rowdy set, or after sitting neglected for a week. It's always ready to go. I ended up selling my other guitars except for a travel guitar. Why play a guitar that doesn't make you sound as good, or isn't as pleasant to play?

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'd Call This A Bargain, The Best I Ever Had

By GINO ARCHER

from Somers, New York

Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I ordered this guitar on line about 2 weeks ago. I usually prefer playing a guitar before I purchase, but in this case, I trusted the Martin name and reputation would prevail. The guitar is PERFECT in every way. The sound is exceptional and pure. It resonates to fill the room with base tones and high notes. It plays like a Les Paul on steroids, and the fragrance of the wood is intoxicating. After playing the instrument for about 15 minutes, it conjured up memories of Neal Young playing "Tell Me Why" on a much higher end Martin over 40 years ago.What a thrill. For the price, I can't think of another acoustic I've ever played that comes close to this. Combine this guitar with the professional staff and support of the Guitar Center, and it makes for a perfect experience. I've been playing for about 40 years and own 12 guitars. This Martin is at the top of the inventory. One suggestion to note, you may want to change the strings that were shipped with the guitar. I prefer Martin coated Lifespans or Elixirs.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful sound

By kd

from peoria, il

Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Never thought I could afford an solid wood Martin. Not until I found this model. Martin factory says it is equivalent to a D-15M except has a spruce top. Every time I get it out people comment on the tone. I replaced the plastic pins, saddle, nut and end pin with bone. A set of extra lite Martin Marquis strings and you have a sound that is as good as it gets. You could pay a lot more and end up with a lot less.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this guitar

By Scotty J

from Los Angeles

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have a deeper knowledge of electric guitars, but I love this baby. The action is fluid and precise, the mahogany/spruce combination produces a nice mixture of warmth and brightness. And it's loud, with a full-bodied sound. (Oh, and by the way, it comes with a nice Martin case). I haven't spent a lot of time around high-end Martins and such, so perhaps I'm not as sophisticated (or snooty!) as others. But for under a grand, Martin has offered players like me something I never thought I'd possess--a dreadnought guitar that plays and sounds like a Martin; one that will impress anyone who appreciates a quality instrument (I promise you). If this is your price range and you're on the cusp, take the plunge. Like another reviewer, I bought my direct from the factory--just trusted in the Martin name and the other reviews. They did not disappoint. Right out of the box it blew me away. Just knocked me out. I had just purchased a Fender American Standard Limited Edition Stratocaster with a solid rosewood neck a few days earlier. I was totally digging that guitar (and it's a beauty) when the Martin arrived. Now it's sitting in a corner collecting dust because I can't put this baby down. She's my gal and I'm in love.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great touring guitar for the money

      By Ray Lawrence Jr.

      from Machessney Park, IL

      Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I am an independent recording artist and touring musician. I have this model Martin and I bought mine used from Guitar Center. the first thing you are going to want to buy for this guitar is a hard shell case, a humidifier, a capo a tuner and couple sets of strings and a string winder and get some picks a strap and if you do not want to drill holes on your martin get the Martin leather piece with the strap button on it. All those things you will need because once you start playing you will not want to put it down. But when you do put it down you will want to put it in the case and put the humidifier in there if you live in a dry climate area. Consult your sales person for all the goodies they are the best and make sure you get these things. Also get a polishing cloth or 2 and if you are like me get some lem oil and don't be afraid to use it on the finger board and bridge. OK, now for the good stuff. I have a woody type pickup that I use but you can mic this guitar or have any number of pickups installed. If you are playing a bluegrass jam outside like do a lot, you will be in for a treat. This is one great sounding guitar and as it ages it will sound better. I play mine without a pickup and with a mic and sometimes that woody pickup. Either way it is a work horse. i recorded an album with this guitar and I have done lots of shows and videos with this guitar. I would have it set up before leaving the store unless you are able to do this your self but have it done. This guitar will sound as good as a high dollar Martin without the cost and it is made in the same factory too. Once you play one of these babies you will be in love with it. Worth every penny you pay for it. This model is my main guitar and I will have another one.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By R. Stephen Howard

      from Elizabethtown. KY

      Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have been banging around with guitars for 40 years. Can't say that I'm a pro by any means. I received this guitar today. It is everything that it is described to be. Let me tell you my friends, I am astonished. This guitar is loud, crisp and clear. Its is beautiful. I couldn't see how any guitar could been made by a human any better than this guitar. As the "old saying" goes, you can strum the strings and sit it in the corner, and go back and hour later and it is still ringing. Sounds like I'm laying it on a little thick, but I'm not. The satin finish fits this instrument precise. It has a highly smooth feel and is perfectly shaped. I cannot say it any plainer, the sound is precisely perfect. If you want an extremely high quality guitar at a very reasonable and honest price, you will be pleased purchasing this fine instrument...

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Super For The Price

      By R. Stephen Howard

      from Eliabethtown, KY

      Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have never herd a more sweet and sharp clear sound on any acoustic guitar. This is a top of the line acoustic guitar for the price. After all, it is a Martin. It is hard to put down. It gets sweeter all the time. I would recommend this guitar to anyone starting out, or a professional. This guitar is everything that it is described to be and more. It very much stays in tune for lots and lots of playing. It comes with a very deserving hard shell case. I highly recommend this guitar for anyone interested in playing.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Craig Mackay

      from Boston, MA

      Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I love the sound and the action of this guitar. Easy to play and great sound so I have been playing a lot more lately. It is great value and beautifully crafted instrument. The case is also excellent and substantial.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great value

      By Ken

      from Belpre , OH

      Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      easy to play, great tone &loud

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Took some seasoning but now very happy with it

      By G

      from Syracuse NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I was very dissapointed with the sound quality when I took it out of the box. It felt really good to me so I spent extra time playing it and comparing to my other guitar, but even after a month I was thinking about returning it. As the 45 day trail period was coming to an end I was still a little leery but decided to keep it. Now, after 2 1/2 months, it sounds great and the playability is excellent.I am very glad I bought it. I have been playing as a hobby for more than 50 years and enjoy playing the Martin Custom D so much I am playing more often and I'm improving more than I have in a many years. I guess the moral of the story is take the full 45 day trail period if you are undecided at the beginning.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gonna be a monster!

        By C J Camp

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          This is a wonderful, back-to-basics guitar. Martin has awakened to the reality of today's international guitar market and responded well. This guitar is only a few days old and yet sounds and sustains beautifully. I look forward to it's sound when it "opens up" in a few years! Its gonna be a MONSTER!

          Great guitar, great value

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would recommend this to anyone looking for an acoustic!

          By Josh

          from Boston

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Best acoustic!! All solid wood Martin. No it's no d28-45 etc but I'm playing it and not afraid to drop scratch it. Well built and can't beat it for the money do yourself a favor and pick one up.!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A US made, solid wood guitar under a grand?

            By Papajohn

            from Hamburg, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I bought this for my wife, a pet time strummer who is more accomplished with a banjo. I have guitars ranging from an 80's D21-12 to a Taylor 814CE and a half dozen others. This one fits the collection well, not just to collect, but to play, and play it does! Tone is bright and powerful. Action is effortless and consistent all the way up the fretboard. The plain no bling look is clean and pleasing. It's wears the Martin name deservedly. I live an hour from Nazereth, PA. And have toured the factory several times, enough to witness the passion that the crafts persons bring to their jobs. Get one, play it hard, mooned has to know it was under a grand! Oh, and when it arrived the box suggested a tough trip although the packing protected it well, not a mark on the case. Took it out and it was still in tune. Seriously!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Beautiful instrument...what I was hoping for.

                By captain bill

                from lewiston, Idaho

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • some subtle string buzz on lower three

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • personal playing
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                The guitar is beautiful.... feather weight... plays great... and has "that voice" that I have waited a long time for. Makes all my former acoustic guitars pale in comparison. I actually prefer the plain look of it to the high gloss and fancy appointed guitars. I wish they would offer this with good built in electronics, because I want to amplify it eventually. The guitar is actually a 5 star instrument, but it has some subtle string buzzz on the lower three strings. I will see if this can be easily remedied or not. I do not want to have to give up any of the nice action. It may turn out that I will have to send this one back.... I hope not..but it remains to be seen. The case feels like a tank... and is very attractive. I love the guitar, it is everything I had hoped and had been waiting for. As for the little buzz... we'll see.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Your last chance to get this centennial anniversary Martin!

                By Tallguy

                from Pacific Northwest

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I waited 52 years to own a guitar of this quality. WORTH THE WAIT !

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Starting to have good collection of Martin guitar.

                  By Aldric

                  from Santa Clarita, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    Received the guitar just exactly what I wanted! Your description and pictures were very accurate which is so important when purchasing a guitar on-line. I look forward to many years of enjoyment from the instrument. Thanks again, I am very satisfied and hoping to buy another one soonest.

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