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Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

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Equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood body, mahogany neck, and richlite fretboard, the MMV Solid Wood Martin Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar features renowned M... Read More

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Equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood body, mahogany neck, and richlite fretboard, the MMV Solid Wood Martin Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar features renowned Martin X-bracing which makes the most of the its fine combination of tonewoods. Cosmetics include a deluxe 19-ply rosette, gold tuners, white binding and a nitro-cellulose finish. 


Includes Martin 345 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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first Dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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 defined what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world. 

Features Body
  • Body type:D-14Fret
  • Cutaway:Non-cutaway
  • Top wood:Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides:SolidEastern Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern:Sitka, Non scalloped X-type
  • Body finish:Gloss
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Modified Low Oval
  • Nut width:1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard:Black Ebony
  • Neck wood:Select Hardwood
  • Scale length:25.4"
  • Number of frets:20
  • Neck finish:15 Sheen/Dark Mahogany Stain/Dark Filler
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:No
  • Brand:Not applicable
  • Configuration:Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ:No
  • Feedback filter:No
  • Tuner:No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:East IndianRosewood
  • Tuning machines:GotohGold with Small Knobs
  • Bridge:Black ebony
  • Saddle & nut:Compensated White Tusq/White Corian
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:Custom model
  • Case:Hardshell case
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:United States
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MartinCustom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Stays in tune (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Incredible Martin

I got this guitar as a Christmas gift last year and this is one of the best martins I've ever laid my hands on. This guitar has the same features of other Martins twice...Read complete review

I got this guitar as a Christmas gift last year and this is one of the best martins I've ever laid my hands on. This guitar has the same features of other Martins twice the price such as rosewood back and sides, sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard, mahogany neck, and so on. Really the only difference between this Martin and a more expensive D-28 is the tuners (which I have had no problems with) and other features like the trim and inlay. I have played a D-28 and there is no difference between the amazing sound and playability of both guitars. This is a great martin for anyone looking for an incredible guitar at a great value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Martin falls flat on warranty service for MMV guitar

I purchased an MMV two years ago from Guitar Center. I had concerns that Martin had substituted Sitka Spruce for the Adirondac spruce tops of old but the guitar seemed nice and had a...Read complete review

I purchased an MMV two years ago from Guitar Center. I had concerns that Martin had substituted Sitka Spruce for the Adirondac spruce tops of old but the guitar seemed nice and had a melllow tone. two years later a small crack in the grain of the top surfaced from the bridge A string to the tail. The wood had a defect in it and I sent it back to Martin to fix it under the "lifetime" warranty. Martin refused stating that the guitar had not been kept at some museum quality humidity range and refused to honor the warranty . Although I currently have three Martins I will Never recomend Martin to anyone again . They do not stand behind there products anymore,, very sad indeed .

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just WOW!

By Ed

from Miami

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Best Bang for the Buck IMHO...

    Full Solid Wood... Full Body Gloss... Beautiful Rosewood back and side... and best of all... Pure Martin Sound!

    I would only change the gold tuners to chrome...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    i would buy again

    By sam

    from pgh. pa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      like most I went to gc looking to spend 1000 bucks.while playing some my son picked an mmv and gave it one strum.i could not believe what I heard.picked it up could not put it down.was afraid to spend the extra money but feel and sound were too much to pass up.took advantage of gc 0% financing and have not put it down.by the way the mmv went on sale awhile later and gc gave me store credit for the diference.what a guitar what a store.

       
      5.0

      Great guitar

      By Buckbyrd

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I have had my MMV about a month, and it is easily the best acoustic I've owned and/or played.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        where was this guitar 10 years ago?

        By Scott W.

        from Portland Maine

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Stopping into the local Guitar Center for some strings and I noticed the "guitar-a-thon" sale, I think you all know how this story ends. I got out of the store and home by 4:30 with my MMV after comparing it with five to six other similar priced dreadnoughts.

            It was about 9:30 that night before I stopped playing the thing. A great sounding/playing and priced guitar, for me the interest free financing closed the deal.

             
            5.0

            Guitar Purchase

            By Mike G.

            from Maple Grove, mN

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                The guys are all very knowledgeable and helpful ALL the time....love going there

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Terrific sounding and plating guitar

                By Guitar john

                from Westchester, il

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    This guitar is easy to play and sounds really balanced. I have been playing for a little over a year and wanted an upgrade but a nice guitar at the same time. The price was right and the quality is what you'd expect from a Martin Guitar. The MMV produces plenty of volume.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A great buy!

                    By Kitty

                    from SF Bay Area

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      As a beginner, I feel lucky to have such a fine guitar. Purchased from GC used; this guitar is in excellent condition in both tone and appearance. Beautiful, round and balanced tone. Excellent woods. Purchased both this and the Martin "Seth Avett" Custom D-35; sent back the D-35. It was a fine guitar, but waaaaay over my head as a beginner.

                      My guitar teacher (he has taught for almost 50 years) loved this MMV; he said it was exceptional and even if I'd paid full retail cost for a new one, it would have been a steal. Don't be fooled by those who say it's a lesser guitar because it's an exclusive for GC and Musician's Friend guitar companies. Get thee to a GC and check it out. You'll be pleasantly surprised!

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great bluegrass guitar

                      By John W

                      from Stevensville Md

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                        I visited my local GC with a couple of guitars to trade in (thinning the heard) and discovered this Martin.
                        I was looking for another guitar to basically play bluegrass. I own a number of guitars and had played them at the jams that I attend and realized that I needed a Martin to that "sound."

                        I tried out D28s and D18 and came away with the same feeling that the guitars were inconsistent with their tone. I played the MMV and noticed right away the guitar just sounded better. It's basic looking but the fit and finish is all there. A Martin for under $2k is a deal.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        An amazing instrument

                        By VenttIntoTheMic

                        from Oregon

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Recording

                          Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                          When I visit a Guitar Center store, I always enjoy playing the guitars in their acoustic rooms. I pick up cheap and expensive instruments alike. I pulled down from the wall a Martin MMV Dreadnaught and was immediately impressed. It played beautifully.It had a rich balanced tone with a bass response typical of the Martin D-28 and D-35 models. I loved the way it looked, too. I've always been fond of gold tuners. The most amazing attribute was the low price, especially considering the Martin pedigree, quality wood choices and Martin factory workmanship. Upon close inspection, I could see the areas where Martin cut corners to bring the price down, but none of the compromises were consequential. The tuners were smaller, but still high-quality. The fingerboard was Richlite instead of ebony, but Richlite has a wonderful feel which i was familiar with from owning a Martin X-series instrument (an amazing value of its own). The binding was plastic instead of herringbone. But the most important components of a fine instrument (solid Indian Rosewood, solid sitka spruce top, X-bracing, mahogany neck) were were all there to create this amazing tone and playability. I didn't buy the guitar immediately having just recently bought a Martin D-18. But I just couldn't stop thinking about it. So three weeks later I bought it...the same one I played on the wall. Now it's my primary guitar. When I took it to have a pickup installed by a noted owner and designer of a famous pickup line, he was as astonished as I was at the instrument's quality and sound. A couple of days later, he emailed me asking for more details because he wanted to add one to his fine guitar collection. The Martin MMV Dreadnaught is a spectacular instrument and value. Pick one up and play it. If it speaks to you, buy it.

                          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          WARNING: If you play this guitar, you will buy it.

                          By Joseph

                          from Woodland Park, CO

                          Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                          I'm an intermediate player but have owned quite a few guitars over the years. I wanted to make the transition from electric to acoustic and started looking around. I liked the Martin sound, and (of course) started dreaming about getting an HD-28V, or "settling" for the standard HD-28. While I was at GC with the sales guy playing with those two guitars, a random guy was there and stopped me, handing me the MMV and said, "Before you spend that money, try this." I was floored. To my ear, this guitar sounds BETTER than the HD-28 and HD-28V that I strummed in the store that same day. Guitar Center gave me great customer service, too. They worked with me on the price a bit and included new strings and an inexpensive humidifier to put in the case with it. (Yes, it does come with a hard case.) I love this guitar and have never regretted spending the money on it. If you're on a tight budget, though, you need to be careful. Once you pick this thing up and play it, you'll talk yourself into blowing your budget and buying it, LOL. I thought I'd spend the extra $1k-2k and get a better guitar, but I was wrong. Do NOT spend the money on a more expensive acoustic until you play this one. You won't regret it (and then you can take that extra money and buy a new Strat).

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