Martin D-16GT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Review :: Martin Guitar Reviews

more on the bright side with loud trebles, great bottom end but not overly bassy.

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Quality-built with a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Micarta fretboard and bridge, and hybrid D1 bracing. Features numerous deluxe appointments such as wood herringbone rosette, black binding, tortoise pickguard, chrome-enclosed tuners, and a natural gloss-top finish. Includes Martin hardshell case. Unless you want inlays,abalone,gold plated hardware,fancy BS you’ll be very happy with this guitar. Why waist money on ornamentation when it is sound and playability that really matter?

Sound of Martin D-16GT Guitar

  • more on the bright side with loud trebles, great bottom end but not overly bassy;
  • the mid-range and trebles are crystal clear;
  • very full, deep, and loud sound, not dark;
  • very even and clean;
  • excellent recording capabilities.

Pros of Martin D-16GT Acoustic Guitar

  • great tone, great action, and it doesn’t drain your wallet.;
  • plays a lot of styles of music, with a slide, fingerslide and flatpicking;
  • it’s not loaded with extras, but it’s loaded with quality sound;
  • the quality is very high, just what you would expect from Martin;
  • holds tune very well;
  • the neck is a good shape, and plays just about everything;
  • Micarta seems to be more resonant than ebony, has greater sustain, and is more durable;
  • excellent recording capabilities;
  • harmonics located over the 4th fret, the 3rd fret the second fret and the 1,8 sound; usually, you would need an electric guitar with a full overdrive to really hear these. ;
  • good durability.

Suggestions for this Martin Guitar

  • installing a bone saddle and nut, some consider it being necessary for better tone and sustain;
  • fishman pickup and lighter strings;
  • if the action is a little high, all you need is some sandpaper;
  • might want to consider the acous/elec with the Fishman Stereo Onboard blender as well.
Features + Technical Specs
MODEL D-16GT
CONSTRUCTION: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
ROSETTE: Bold Herringbone
TOP BRACING PATTERN: D1 Hybrid
TOP BRACES: 1 Style/Scalloped
BACK MATERIAL: Solid Genuine Mahogany
BACK PURFLING: none
SIDE MATERIAL: Solid Genuine Mahogany
ENDPIECE: Black Boltaron
ENDPIECE INLAY: none
BINDING: Black Boltaron
TOP INLAY STYLE: none
SIDE INLAY: none
BACK INLAY: none
NECK MATERIAL: Select Hardwood
NECK SHAPE: Modified Low Oval
NUT MATERIAL: White Corian
HEADSTOCK: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper
HEADPLATE: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil Logo
HEELCAP: Solid East Indian Rosewood
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Black Micarta
SCALE LENGTH: 25.4″
# OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
# OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 11/16”
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 1/8”
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Style 28
FINGERBOARD BINDING: none
FINISH BACK & SIDES: Satin, Light Mahogany Stain
FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss
FINISH NECK: Semi Gloss/ Light Red Mahogany Stain
BRIDGE MATERIAL: Black Micarta
BRIDGE STYLE: 1 Style Belly
BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/8”
SADDLE: Compensated White Tusq
TUNING MACHINES: Chrome w/ Small Knobs
RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin SP 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze
BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/ Black Dots
PICKGUARD: I-02 Tortoise Color
CASE: 345 Hard Shell
INTERIOR LABEL: Paper Label
ELECTRONICS: Optional
OTHER OPTIONS: Available left-handed at no additional charge

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