When most people think of an acoustic guitar, a dreadnought is the body shape that usually springs to mind. With its deep, boisterous sound and distinctive square shoulders and bottom, the dreadnought has been copied countless times by guitar manufacturers around the world, but it was C.F. Martin & Company who created it way back in 1931. Today, Martin continues to be the go-to dreadnought choice of top-recording artists, and different models of this body style can be found throughout their catalog.
Before choosing a Martin dreadnought, it helps to have a good idea of what's offered in their various guitar lines. For example, the X Series was first introduced in 1988, and was developed to align with Martin's dedication to making prudent use of natural resources. When you play the X Series DX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar, you can take comfort in knowing that you're not only playing a high-quality instrument, you're also making a positive environmental difference. Featuring a high pressure laminate back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top and professionally installed Fishman electronics, the DX1RAE is ideal for both live and studio performances.
Another popular line is the Performing Artist Series, which includes both classic and cutaway dreadnought body styles. The contemporary look and sound of Martin's Performing Series guitars is simply unmatched, and the DCPA4 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a perfect example of why this line is so popular. Boasting a slim playing width up the neck, back and sides that are made from African sapele and a simplified Fishman F1 Analog electronic system, the DCPA4 is perfect for singer-songwriters and also for more intricate players who want easy access to higher frets.
In addition to these two options, Martin also constructs junior dreadnoughts for musicians with smaller hands, left-handed models and even Vintage Series dreadnoughts that are designed as a tribute to Martin's golden era of the early '30s. The rich history of the Martin dreadnought cannot be overstated, and choosing one is a sure-fire way to take your playing performance to a professional level.
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