Martin & Co D-15

D-15, Dreadnought Steel String Guitar from Martin & Co in the 15 series.

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songboy 11/15/2009

Martin & Co D-15 : songboy's user review


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This is a USA made martin guitar. 
I have heard the bridge called a "Belly style."  I am not sure what that signifies, but it is the same style of bridge found on every Dreadnought guitar I have ever owned or played.
It is a Dovetail neck with a Low Oval style.  comfortable but meaty.
It has 14 clear frets (before the neck and body meet) and 20 total frets.  This guitar does not come with a pick up built in, at least not the one I got.  I had a K & K Sound pickup installed four years ago and it sounds amazing. 
Again, no pickup originally, but the one I installed simply goes to a 1/4" output, no knobs or selectors.


This is not a cutaway guitar, so I would say no, it is not easy access to the top frets. 
If you like the sound of an all Mahogany guitar, than you will love it.  I personally really enjoy this guitar and have gotten many compliments from a lot of people, including the former front of the house sound man for Dave Matthews band and Bonnie Raitt (he couldn't believe how good it sounded). 
I have compared this to some much higher end dreadnoughts, and though most all of those were better than my D-15, she wasn't to far behind at all.  Especially when comparing prices.
Drivers?   Don't know what thats about.


The sound I was looking for when I bought this guitar was a Warm, dark acoustic, one better suited for darkish singer song writer rock (like radiohead stuff).  This thing fits that description perfectly.  If you are looking for a bright bluegrass guitar, this is not for you.  She is a little too quite to compete with the spruce tops, but she fits right in (with some good amplification) with a good rock band.
I play everything from Jazz, Hot club and bluegrass to Rock, classical, and electronica.  She works better for the latter three honestly. 


What I like most about this guitar is the excellent mellow tone.  She sings with a deep warm voice and everyone who has heard it seems to agree. 
What I like least??? Nothing
I paid $450 for hear back 2000.  She was a floor model, but when I played her, I knew she was the one. 
Excellent sound.  Sounds even better when paired with a K&k sound pickup. 
I have played a lot of guitars in my life.  If you need a mellow, dark tone out of an acoustic, look no further.
I would cry all night if anything ever happened to my D15.  I hope I never have to replace her, but if something did, I would do it (with a heavy heart) and hope that the new one was just as good.