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Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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Martin's reputation is not built on hype. It's built on generations of guitarists who recognize the vibrant, brilliant tone produced by peerless craftsmanship and quality woods. This gorgeous D-41 Dre... Click To Read More About This Product


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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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Martin's reputation is not built on hype. It's built on generations of guitarists who recognize the vibrant, brilliant tone produced by peerless craftsmanship and quality woods. This gorgeous D-41 Dreadnought Guitar will show you exactly what we're talking about. A solid spruce top with Martin's unique bracing pattern is hand-joined to lustrous rosewood sides and the 2-piece back. Polychrome abalone inlays in the rosette and ebony fretboard, combined with full binding and gold hardware, make the D-41 as sumptuous to gaze upon as it is to play. Includes case.

  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Solid spruce top
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Abalone rosette
  • Full body, fretboard, and head binding
  • Includes heavy-duty hardshell case
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MartinStandard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)


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(39 of 40 customers found this review helpful)


A sound cannon!

By Still pickin'

from Concord, NC

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I went into the store intending to buy a Martin HD-28. I never buy a guitar without playing everything in the store though, and the Martin D-41 was the best sounding guitar in the room. It has the great Martin bass, but it also has crystal clear high notes. I generally prefer a plainer looking guitar like the HD-28, but the sound of this D-41 was so much cleaner and clearer than the HD-28, that it was the obvious choice. I used to own a 1969 Brazillian Rosewood D-28, and this D-41 compares very favorably. I'm getting a little arthritis in my hands, and the low profile neck is a lot easier for me to work with. I played at an open mic night the day after I bought the D-41, and I got a much better audience response than ever before. This guitar just inspires you to be a better musician. The staff in the Charlotte store are great guys who let me alone so I could concentrate on comparing the sound, but were available when I had questions.

(20 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


what a tone

By lucky picker

from glendale, WI

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I'm one of the lucky people that grew up in a musical family. My dad has 2 old martins. A 1971 D-41 & a 1966 D-28. I have been given both guitars but due to fear of theft, I will only keep 1 of them in my house at a time. The 41 has a les paul type "D" neck. This guitar is a strummers dream. The tone is out of this world!! You would think this would be a better player than a 28 , but it is not! For some reason the 41 is "tighter" as far as string tention goes. Don't get me wrong, this a VERY fine guitar! If your looking for a smoking picker flat top, you'll want the 28. It's not as pretty as the 41 but it's a much better flattop for ripping. The 28 has a "c" shaped neck, simalar to a fender tele. For some reason, the string tension is less, making it ALOT more easy to play. Hey, there's a reason it's a bluegrass pickers favorite!!! Also, the new martins seem to lack the craftmanship of the old days. This is noticable with the bindings on some of the newer models. They are still a better box than the Taylor guitars out there, though Ido like some of there guitars. This is a fine guitar. There is NO difference in tone between the D-28 & a D-41. I'll take a D-28

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


D-41 Great sound and quality

By MikeD

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

When purchasing my "dream" acoustic guitar, I played several brands and models to compare the sound and quality. There was no comparison to the rich and full sound of the Martin D-41. I kept trying other guitars and always came back to this one. While there were more frills (gold-plated tuners, abalone pearl inlays) than I needed, this guitar was far superior in sound than any others in its price range (as well as higher-priced guitars). I have owned my D-41 for 12 years and it still looks and plays as beautiful as the day I bought it. The only small complaint that I would have is that the neck is a bit broader than I was accustomed to, but I have now become acclimated to the neck and have no problems playing anything on this guitar. I have recorded several songs using a "live" mic (not a pickup) and a digital recorder, and the recorded guitar sound is just incredible.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic Tone, Action, and Looks

By Chase

from PA

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Like the title says, this guitar is fantastic in the two most important areas: tone and action, but also has the added bonus of boasting a beautiful look. It has crisp highs and well-defined (and still awing) bass; being extremely critical I do notice a slight lack in mids, which might go away with a change to different and brighter strings. The action is very low and simply easy to play. I chose this guitar after meticulously comparing it to others such as high end Taylor acoustics, Gibsons, the Martin HD-28 (which I thought was The One), Matin D-35, and my 1953 Martin D-28. The Taylors and the two Gibsons I played in my opinion had a sort of plastic/toy-like sound in the highs, whereas the Martins had the most wood-like sound, which appealed to my ear. The old D-28 has a great broken in sound, but it is still a little too bright for what I was looking for, hence my decision to get the D-41. As far as the HD-28 vs. the D-41, the HD-28 has "that great Martin sound" that is a warmed down D-28 tone, but still didn't have the presence, power, and depth that the D-41 had. I plan on installing the LR Baggs iMix pickup system in the guitar, which according to a friend's personal recommendation as well as internet reviews, gives the most natural sound and is the most feedback resistant. Overall I'd give this guitar a 9.9/10, and not a 10/10 only because of my particular guitar/"current set of strings" producing a very slight lack of presence in the mid-range.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


This is what the angels play in heaven

By bluetxgrl

from Garland, TX

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I grew up with bluegrass music and had always considered myself a five-string banjo picker, and that playing the guitar was "hokey." I thought the only people that played guitars were people who couldn't learn the banjo! Then about two months ago I decided I would learn to play the acoustic guitar and learn what I could from my dad. So he loaned me a 1972 Yamaha, and I thought that sounded fine because I had nothing to compare it to. Then I went down to Guitar Center and started playing around on some other guitars and listening to how they sounded and felt. And then I picked up some Martins. They felt, looked and sounded like heaven to me. At the time I could remember how to make three chords. (Now I can make six.) So, now I'm thinking that maybe the only reason people pick the banjo is because they can't learn the guitar! So I decided to jump into my new hobby with both feet, and got myself a nice D-41, also known as a workin' man's D-45. But for the price, I wouldn't consider a D-41 a "workin' man's" anything! I shopped around a lot, and got the best deal at Guitar Center. I could have found a less expensive kind of guitar, but I feel that this will hold its value, so if I need to "hock it about 200 times," as the late great Jimmy Martin would say . . . I could always get it back and be proud! I think the strings are easy to hold down, too. I can easily make the notes sound crisp and ring out, once I remember where they are. Oh, and the people are Guitar Center on I-635 & Inwood are GREAT! Especially assistant manager David Maverick, who helped me pick this out, and decide between the D41 and a Taylor, or some other thing. I do get some strange looks from people when I show up places with this prized guitar, then they realize real fast that I have zero idea what I'm doing, including once, having my strap on backwards and upside down! I can tell that the professional musicians I am around think the D-41 is really special, so that makes me feel even better about my investment.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Not just better looking - amazing sound too

By Carl

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I intended to buy a D-28/35 or HD-28/35. After trying these 4 models, I eliminated the D-28 since the HD-28 and D-35 sounded much better. The HD-35 really boomed but seemed too much for fingerpicking. I really did not want a D-4x model since I thought the headplate, gold tuners and abalone were the only upgrades and the guitar was only a decorated HD-28. Once I strummed the D-40 (now discontinued but same as D-41 without the outer inlay on the front), I could not believe the difference. It was much clearer and every string seemed to ring. The 28s and 35s seemed muddy in comparison. It also was well balanced and suited to both strumming and picking. I bought it on the spot. I am still in love with the sound (and it doesn't look bad either).

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Very Nice!!!

By fenderman127

from Knoxville, TN

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

My pastor owns one of these and it is top notch!! The only thing that could compare to it is a d-45 or a d-42 maybe. The strings are very close to the fingerboard so you can easily fret it. and of course it has the great martin sound. he lets me play it and it blows my fender away. it stays in tune for a long time with daddario strings anyway. and the inlay is very nice. Ive played alot of guitars but none of them compare to this, though ive never played a d-45. its definately worth it!!!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Sell all your mediocre guitars and buy this one

By Weston Williamson

from Jacksonville FL

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I've been using this guitar for about half a year now. All I can say is Wow. I also have an older D-17 and have played a few really nice D-28's. This guitar is on a whole other level...seriously. Great playing neck, perfect action, and amazing feel. But it's all about the tone! It kills it on stage and recordings are so crisp and warm. Do yourself a favor. Stop trying to build a collection of lower end Martins and Taylor's and own just one good one (keep a backup of course). This guitar is meant to be played by those who see fine instruments as valuable investments for their craft. After all...4k for a guitar is really a steal if it's your livelihood and passion. This is all coming from a guy who is not rich by any means....I just know what a good investment is. Buy it, love it, and pass it on to your kids.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Owning This Guitar Proves There Is A God


from Florida

Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I don't know where to start describing this instrument, except to say that I'm dead serious when I say that this proves to me there is a God who must love me. The sound is unbelievably sweet, each string has perfect clarity, yet the balance is perfect, unlike some guitars like my Martin D-15. (The D-15 is amazing too, but the mid-range is very pronounced while the bass is a little too subtle and muddy). My D-41 has the clear, authoritative bass of rosewood without being boomy. My teacher plays a Santa Cruz Tony Rice model and we often note that the guitars have a very similar sound. I don't know if I got lucky or what but the action is unbelievable. With .10 gauge strings, it is almost as easy as an electric. I worried that the bling would be too much, but when I actually opened it, I was blown away by the beauty and exquisite workmanship and artistry. Sometimes you forget how beautiful it really is until you see someone else play it (which you won't let happen often). One other thing I'll mention - I don't know if I'm the only one like this but I've noticed that I can pick up a guitar one day and be amazed with the sound and then play the exact same one a few days later and wonder what I ever heard before to make me like it so much. My D-41 is not like that. It is sweet and pure and balanced every time I play it. If you can swing the money, it really is worth it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Dream Guitar

By Chrony

from Flowery Branch, GA.

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  • Aesthetics perfect.
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Perfect neck dimensions and set up.
  • Rich Sound
  • Sound and tone wonderful
  • Stays In Tune


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    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Standard Series D-41 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I've been playing for 52 years. This is my 4th Martin acoustic, and my favorite. It arrived packed in the case (a nice touch compared to getting separate boxes), It was in reasonably good tune and set up just fine. It is surely the last guitar that I'll ever purchase, and though I'll never do it justice (old, arthritic fingers), it will make a fine heirloom for my son. I have wanted this guitar for a long, long time, and have been thrilled ever since I struck the first chord! Good job Martin. You're still tops!

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