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Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed  

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While the simple appointments, understated satin finish, and modest price of this Martin Custom D Acoustic Guitar are reminiscent of the 15 Series guitars of the 1940s, this model trades vintage all-m... Read More

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While the simple appointments, understated satin finish, and modest price of this Martin Custom D Acoustic Guitar are reminiscent of the 15 Series guitars of the 1940s, this model trades vintage all-mahogany construction for a select solid Sitka spruce top and the ringing punch and sustain of solid East Indian rosewood back and sides. The solid mahogany neck is also satin finished for fast, comfortable play. 


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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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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
  • Mortise-and-tenon neck joint
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid East Indian rosewood body and sides
  • Tortoise top binding
  • Modified low oval solid mahogany neck
  • Solid Indian rosewood head plate with raised gold foil decal
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard with 16" radius
  • Inlaid single-ring rosette
  • Small dot position markers
Specifications
  • 25-2/5" scale length
    14 clear frets
    20 frets total
    1-11/16" width at nut
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MartinCustom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed
 
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5.0

Great sound, great feel.... Great left handed solid wood instrument!

By Gregory

from Fort Collins, CO

Comments about Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed:

This is a great guitar. Visually, no bling. Simple. The sitka top is beautiful. Rosette couldn't be simpler. The rosewood back is fine, but not the most interesting or stunning striations... Kind of a goofy bear claw blotch in the middle at the seam. But I never see that! No, this isn't designed to be about baroque looks, it is about the feel and sound. Those are among the nicest I have heard in my experience. Based on the 15 series bracing pattern but without mahogany. The set up was very nice upon arrival. I have had 7 other Martins, two standard series, two 5 series, and a custom shop OM-18. The stock base level tuners on the D RW are doing better than my fancy gotohs on the custom... This is all subjective, yes, but this guitar is exactly what one would expect of a Martin, and for a price, with IRW back and sides, well, I don't think there's much out there, at least left handed, that is such a great value. Fine sounding, feeling, and precision-playing instrument for a very good price.

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5.0

A little smaller then full sized acoustic.. but amazing balance, tone, and feel

By Clayton Walker

from Milwaukee Wisconsin

Comments about Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed:

When I first got this guitar i had been shopping around for lefty acoustics for a while. I had recently returned a Guild GAD d-150 because the intonation on mine wasnt just perfect and neither was the craftsmanship.When this martin arrived in the mail i must admit i was let down because it was smaller then the Guild. However it grew on me. The action... is literally perfect... And the strings are balanced just right, for it produces distinctive highs and lows while still remaining true with each stroke. It really handles fast back and forth strumming well and actually does something special with it. It amazes me to think what it does for me. The wider fretboard is going to take some getting use to but i like it. It allows for less slop on the fingering. In just the month or two ive had it the top has opened up a lot and it grows with complexity, richness, and all in all sounds fuller and more robust with each day. It does smell amazing and the satin finish is something you dont see alot. The woods selected are truly beautiful not overly dark rosewood like on the guild gads. Spruce top on mine has character.

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5.0

Sounds Warm and Woody and Smells sooo Goody!

By Dave

from Sterling, OK

Comments about Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed:

Bought mine used in Sept. It's a 2004 model and has aged well in 6 years. I've owned a few Martins (all the lower to intermediate price models) and can't say enough about the superior quality of workmanship! The biggest difference between Mahagony and Rosewood (to my ears) is the greater bass response of the latter. My Custom D can even get a little boomy if played hard with a pick. I love the satin finish--let's the guitar breathe. Overall a great guitar for the price which matches up well against any D28--it's just not as pretty.

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Great for the Blues

By Guitarfan

from Austin, Texas

Comments about Martin Custom D Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Left-Handed:

I went in looking for a great finger picking guitar for some Country Blues. Tried a bunch from Gibbys, to other Martins, Taylors and a bunch of cheaper stuff. Taylors, while nice had tone too modern for me. the Gibbys were nice but too expensive for what they had to offer. The cheap guitars were a joke once I played the high end stuff. The Martins were all nice and I really liked the 000-18, but could not afford it. I saw the ugly lowly 15 series in the corner so I gave them a try. Instantly, I knew this was the guitar for me. The tone was exactly what I was looking for. It is warm, woody, with a twang of mahogany that really leaves an impression. I tried the D15 and the 000-15. The D15 has more of a low end providing a louder bass while the 000-15 is more balanced. I ended up taking the 000-15 home mainly for comfort, but the D15 sure was great.

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