Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought 6-String Acoustic Guitar (Discontinued)
While C.F. Martin & Co is still the brand to beat when it comes premium acoustic steel string guitars, the company has been successfully extending their reach to relatively lower price ranges. The Custom D is a good example, described as one of their most affordable American-made all-solid wood dreadnought.
Solid Sitka spruce is used for the guitar's top, while solid mahogany is used for the back and sides, all of which are built to their strict quality standards in their Nazareth Pennsylvania facility.
It also features a dovetail neck joint, which is preferred by many for its effect on overall resonance and sustain.
More importantly, all these features are packaged in a guitar that's reasonably priced (relatively speaking).
- Body Shape:
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides: Solid Mahogany
- Finish: Satin
- Bridge: Solid Indian Rosewood
- Neck: Solid Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
- Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 16"
- Number of Frets: 20
- Frets to Body: 14
- Scale Length: 25.4"
- Nut Width: 43mm"
Most, if not all owners of the Martin Custom D, are pleased with how well built the guitar is. There are many reports of its quality surpassing expectations, and many of those who bought the guitar online (without testing it beforehand) are impressed. Many are surprised at how playable it is out of the box. One user compared its playability to butter, a good one word representation of how most users feel about this guitar. As expected from a Martin, it also gets a lot of thumbs up for its bright yet punchy tone.
Lack of aesthetic appointments is a downer for a few, one user describes it as a very basic looking acoustic. But this is expected given that for the money you are getting a premium spec'ed US-made Martin guitar.
Considering its all solid wood construction, the Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany is a great bargain, highly recommended for those who aren't that into aesthetics.
Unfortunately this guitar has been discontinued, however you can find highly rated alternatives in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars.