Flash Deals: New Deals Just AddedShop now »
Top Rated

Martin Standard Series D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Item #: 
  • Write a Review

The Martin D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top that generates rich Martin tone, while gorgeous rosewood back and sides add crisp projection. Vintage features include forward-shifte... Read More

Your Price:
Add to Wish List
GC Gear Card
Special Financing Offers Learn More
  Pick Up In Store
Available Now Englewood, CO (3.11  mi) See more stores

  • Pro Coverage Eligible
    Pro Coverage Eligible Pro Coverage will repair or replace your gear quickly and get you back playing, gigging and recording as fast as possible-even accidental damage from drops or spills is covered.
  • Free Shipping
    Free Shipping This item qualifies for free ground shipping anywhere within the contiguous United States.
  • Easy Returns
    Easy Returns If you're not happy with your purchase, we give you 30 days to return it for a full refund or exchange.

The Martin D-42 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top that generates rich Martin tone, while gorgeous rosewood back and sides add crisp projection. Vintage features include forward-shifted scalloped bracing, traditional Martin Style 45 snowflake fingerboard inlays, elegant grained ivoroid bindings on the top and lush ebony fretboard, and gold tuning gears with butterbean knobs. Includes case.

  • Bound solid spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Bound ebony fretboard
  • Grained ivoroid binding
  • Ebony bridge
  • Gold butterbean tuners
  • Includes case
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your new gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Read More.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited repair
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended return period
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews


by PowerReviews

(based on 4 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars



  • 4 Stars



  • 3 Stars



  • 2 Stars



  • 1 Stars



Reviewed by 4 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-4

Back to top



By Ron

from Portland Oregon

I have had my D42 for about 5 years now. I love this guitar. It seems to continue to sound better and better year after year.

Comment on this review

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A Great Classic!

By Timothy Brown

from Monterey, CA

I purchased my D42 about a year ago now. I bought it as a replacement for my Taylor 714. Talk about a major step up in quality. Comparing the two is really apples to oranges, but I have to say that Martin creates tonal balance in their guitars unline any other guitar manufacturer that I have tried. I guess that's what you get for buying a guitar that has 180 years of history built into it. I did have a bit of buyers remorse initially since I had to make quite a few adjustments to the guitar during the set-up. You'd think that by spending this amount of money on a guitar it would show up nearly perfect, but that was not the case. After taking it to a guitar tech 2 times, including the installation of the LR Baggs Anthem pickup (which is amazing by the way), I still found that it was next to impossible to keep the guitar in tune. I was concerned about intonation problems. Finally after a 3rd set-up, and nearly a year of playing it, I would say that it is nearly flawless. More and more people come up to me after playing and tell me how amazing the guitar sounds. It really is a better guitar than I am a player (which is a good thing). I'm discovering that this guitar is really like a fine wine, it just gets better and better with age. A year after purchasing it I couldn't be happier. I chose the 42 over the 41 for both the look as well as the scalloped bracings. The snowflake inlays are relatively unassuming (as opposed to the large polygon inlays) while still giving it a beautifully rich look. The lows, mids and highs all project loudly from the guitar. It's also really easy to play. If you're searching for both a classic look and sound that will only improve over time, I highly recommend the D42.

Comment on this review

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


best of the d-40 series

By T. W.

from northern california

With the D-41 and D-45 looking almost identical,the D-42 looks classier and more distinctive.I like the snowflake shape inlays. All three sound incredible,but also sound similar. Can't go wrong with any of them,hard to understand the price difference from D-41 to D-45. Go play one,see if its for you.I was going to buy one on e-bay used for $ 3,000.In Modesto to try one first,I got lucky to buy a used 2005 D-42K2. A brand new condition Koa wood D-42 for $2,100. Supersweet deal on a supersweet guitar. I still love it after 8 months. Possibly the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen.

Comment on this review

(29 of 35 customers found this review helpful)


Just a little Heaven in your Hands!

By Mike

from Bean Station, Tennessee

The D 42 I found at the Knoxville Store is one of the smoothest playing guitars that I have ever tried, and I have tried many. Not the loudest, nor the lowest action, but a great mix of tone and smooth action. A few pickguard scratches from those have no respect for other folks, but not a major deal.

Comment on this review

Displaying reviews 1-4

Back to top

You are changing the Ship-To country.

Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.