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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.

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  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back & sides
  • Nitro-cellulose gloss finish
  • Mahogany neck, richlite fingerboard
  • Gold tuners
  • Deluxe 19-ply rosette
  • White binding
  • Dreadnought body
  • Famous Martin X-bracing
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Includes Martin 345 hardshell case
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4.8

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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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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

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

By Joseph

from Woodland Park, CO

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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5.0

One of the best Martins under 3K

By Lenwood Wilkerson

from Columbia, SC

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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5.0

Martin deal, for real

By RICHARD OLSON

from Marietta GA

I've wanted a Martin since I was a kid, hearing a D-28 up close for the first time. Those thumping lows and crisp highs were financially out of reach. Decades later Martins are still not cheap, but the MMV provides a way to get great Martin tone for a lot less cash. Despite the price, this unit is American made using solid east Indian rosewood and solid spruce. It's also adorned with their fine nitro-cellulose gloss, an expensive finish. Add the tortoise shell pick guard and gold tuners, and it stands out a bit. There are no fancy inlays, but the rosette is 19 ply. Overall it appears simple but handsome. So how did they trim so much cost? Mainly by replacing the standard dovetail neck joint with a less expensive mortise and tenon mount. With slightly different bracing on the soundboard, the end result is still rigid enough for their lifetime warranty, without sacrificing Martin tone. (The tone may be less "scooped" than its more expensive siblings, but I liked it even more. I did play and listen to the MMV versus the D28 and D35, and did not feel like I was compromising to buy this guitar). It plays wonderfully, too, with smooth frets and fast action. One caution: newer ones are coming through not with ebony fingerboards, but with Richlite, a man-made product that we may as well start getting used to as ebony becomes more rare. But it looks great and does not diminish the tone nor aesthetics. Oh - and it will probably last forever without cracking.

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5.0

A Martin deal for real!

By RICHARD OLSON

from Marietta, GA

I've waited many years for a Martin and was finally ready to get one of the classics, like maybe a D-28. But the price of this one got me thinking. I assumed it must have been an import. But no - it's made in the same Pennsylvania factory as the "standard" Martins. Gorgeous solid rosewood and Sitka, glossy finish, though fairly plain. (No purfling or fancy inlays.) I played it and loved it. Sound-wise this guitar has Martin's customary bass thump, plenty of upper sparkle and maybe a less "scooped" mid-range than the pricier standards. It sounds different, yes, but to my ear not inferior. I went home and did some homework. According to Martin, this guitar is based on the D-16 (rosewood) and the D-15. (It's not shown on their website - I had to email them with questions.) Just so you know, despite what's stated here this guitar uses the A-bracing system of the D-15. And the fingerboard and bridge may have once been ebony as advertised, but new MMV's use the man-made material, Richlite. That said, I'm not sure I care. Richlite is jet black, hard as nails and will probably never dry out and crack like the real thing. This guitar plays and sounds great, and it's tough to beat the deal. I'm a happy guy!

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5.0

GC-MMV lives up to expectations

By Bruce White

from Glen Allen, Virginia

This is a great guitar. It has a light touch and the bass and mid range is deep and full. The treble is a little light but will develop its richness as it ages. I have played a Gibson Hummingbird since 1973, yet always wanted a Martin guitar, and the GC-MMV lives up to my expectations.

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5.0

this martin is the real deal

By Jeff aber

from chillicothe ohio

this guitar looks as good as it plays,its a keeper.people hearing this guitar are amazed that it is not a d28.guitar has good woods and they produce the great martin tone.you owe it to yourself to give this mmv a try.

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4.0

Martin MMV Dreadnaught

By Richard Mecham

from Walnut Creek, Ca.

Beautiful playing guitar. Nice finish. My guitar developed and buzz on the 5th fret, 5th and 4th strings I brought it back for the guitar tech to look at it he shimmed the bridge to no effect. The guitar tech brought me a replacement MMV Dreadnaught It had the same buzz. I was bummed so I went back to the acoustic room with salesman Tim. I tried the Martin MMV 000. I was impressed how clean it was no buzzing at all. Bought it on the spot. Thanks Tim for your help. the MMV000 gets 5 stars very happy with it and GC.

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5.0

Finally

By Michael McCabe

from Branson, MO

I have wanted a Martin HD-28, well since high school. To me, this guitar sounds right up there with the D-28. It is a stripped down model, kind of like the Studio Les Paul vs the higher end Les Paul. More plain looking. However, on mine the bookmatch, both front and rear is as perfect as I could imagine. Yes, there is a Martin bridge pickup that can be installed, but not as a factory option. Though I bought this for a home guitar. My only complaint would be that it shipped to me with 0.13's, medium strings. I just prefer lighter strings, but that is easy to change.

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5.0

Play it to believe it

By Kevin Brown

from Cincinnati, Ohio

After playing 28 years, I decided to step up to a name brand guitar. I set my budget about $1,200 and started test-driving every model in the high-end room. The MMV felt great and sounded incredible across all frequencies. I could feel the bass resonating in my chest. I bought one and still get a charge from it every time I play. Finger picking sounds especially magical. It's the most fun I've had playing in years. It's almost 2 years old now and I'm still giddy to play it. No regrets. In fact, I still enjoy playing in the high-end guitar room and having to grab a $3,500 model before finding one that sounds nearly as good as my MMV. Give one a strum; see what you think.

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5.0

What to do with other guitars

By Craig Thomasson

from Norfolk, VA

Owned for several months now. Waited for honeymoon to end before reviewing. Lightweight for a big guitar. Smallish neck, but not too, great for electric players to feel comfortable with. Beautiful wood everywhere. Top notch grain matching on back and the deck has a beautiful pattern to the grain that seems too beautiful. I am being a little too careful in my playing still as I am babying it too much. The only problem I have with this guitar is that I no longer play any of my other guitars. I have wanted a certain sound and feel for years that I've come close to, but haven't quite had either the money or the luck to find. I have some really nice guitars that cost around the same as this, one Taylor and one Ovation, and had several others that came and went over the last 35 years, but one (won't bash by brand) only sounds really good with brand spankin new strings and the other has one string that seems to wander out of tune at the drop of a hat. This guitar was my sanity move when test driving the really expensive Martin's and I honestly liked the sound of this guitar better than some of the higher end guitars. It has terrific action and stays in tune well and the sound is like taking a shirt off a speaker that was slightly muffling the sound of your favorite song. There was one other MMV in the store and the employee that was assisting me pulled it from the storeroom and put new strings on it and I played it too, but I had already fallen in love with the one I took home. The one I bought had a slightly lighter color to the deck and the sound just rang out a bit more to my liking. They were close, but I would take mine with a scratch over the other (no, there wasn't any scratch and still isn't). Guitars are like that. Play a bunch and take the one you fall for. If you have to talk yourself into buying it instead of trying to talk yourself out of it, it's not the one.

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