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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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first Dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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-14 Fret
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Eastern 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 Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh Gold 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 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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    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.

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      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.

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          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

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              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.

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                  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!

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                    (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.

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                      (3 of 3 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.

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                        (8 of 8 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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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        One of the best Martins under 3K

                        By Lenwood Wilkerson

                        from Columbia, SC

                        Comments about Martin Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                        There's a lot of talk about the MMV and comparing it to the D-28 and there are certainly some similarities, but hey, if you want a D-28, save your money and get one. They are awesome, as everyone probably already knows. What you might not know is that the MMV is also awesome, and to some like myself, has a better sound. "Better" is completely subjective, and some will not agree with me, but that's great too. It just depends on your ear, your hands for the feel, and your touch. I've been looking and looking for the perfect (for me) rosewood guitar for a couple of years. I finally decided for many reasons that the perfect guitar for me would be an HD-28 - or so I thought. The problem came in finding one that sounded right. I played some D-28s, but couldn't get the sound I was looking for, and played a couple of D-28s, but they sounded like they needed a lot more time to break in. I bought a D-18 (2013) because it sounded so great compared to everything I was playing, but I was still looking for the perfect rosewood guitar. I dropped in Guitar Center at Christmas and played an HD-28, that sounded good, but it just wasn't there for me tone wise. I played a D-35 and a rosewood Gibson, but they were both very tight. One of the GC guys handed me the MMV, and I immediately had some questions. Where's the center strip? Is this ebony? Are these scalloped braces? This thing was make in the PA right? Once I decided it was a real Martin made in the USA, I gave it a try. Well, that was a month ago, and I have played it nearly every single day since then, and I think its the greatest rosewood out there (for me) under 3K. The boom from this guitar and unbelievable tone through the midrange and highs just shocks me every time I play it. It is also the easiest playing guitar that I have. The neck feels kind of big, but fits my average sized hands perfectly. It's also a little heavy, compared to my feather weight D-18, but that makes it feel SOLID. I think it looks great too, but the D-28 and HD-28 look much better in my opinion. But the feel and the tone of this guitar is unmatched with anything I've played so far, and it frets so easily! I have other guitars that I LOVE: a Taylor Limited edition, D-18, OM21, etc., but if I had to get down to only one guitar, it would be the MMV right now. I can do anything with it, and it's nearly impossible to put down. And, no, I don't work for GC, and it's not my favorite guitar store, but this IS my favorite guitar right now. I have a full list of specs at home but this is for SURE: Martin "A" frame - non scalloped braces, Solid Sitka spruce (tight grained) top, solid Indian Rosewood (lighter in color than my OM), Richlite fingerboard and bridge (which scared me at first, but it is smooth and beautiful, but maybe adds some weight?)and nice appointments such as pearl dots, and white binding. The gold tuners (supposedly Gotohs according to the specs) are nice, but I would have preferred silver. So, all that to say that I think it's worth a try if you're looking for a rosewood guitar.

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