Where would we be without the Dreadnought? Believe it or not, 2016 marks the 100th year of production of this legendary guitar. Invented by CF Martin & Co, the dreadnought body shape is named after the HMS Dreadnought - the largest battleship ever built at the time.
Among the great variety of instruments that Martin build, it’s safe to say that none has enjoyed more popularity than their line of Dreadnoughts or D–size guitars. Currently regarded as the standard acoustic guitar, the Dreadnought once was viewed in less favorable light primarily because it was so large in comparison to other guitars of the day.
The deep bass response of a D–28 was unusual to musicians used to the clear treble and overall balance of smaller "standard" sized instruments. However, when the Dreadnought body made its way into the hands of country music performers, it found an appreciative audience – it was just the item for backing up vocals, fiddles, and banjos in lieu of a bass instrument.
A look through Mike Longworth’s book, Martin Guitars: A History, shows that the Dreadnought’s gain in popularity has been steady since its introduction. Today the Dreadnought is ubiquitous, found in every style of acoustic music, and accounts for approximately 80 percent of Martin’s yearly production.
The legendary all-Mahogany Martin 15 Series has gone blonde! That's right, Martin have just released a limited run of 15's with a classic Sitka Spruce top instead of Mahogany. The same great price and the same great tone except with a touch more volume and sparkle. We currently have the D and 000 models in stock. Blondes have more fun, right? $2,249.
Introducing the brand new Martin DR Centennial. Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dreadnought, the DR Centennial is one hell of a limited edition guitar.
The first thing you'll notice is the natural satin finish—a rarity for a Martin as highly spec'd as this one. Those specs include an Adirondack Spruce top with VTS, Indian Rosewood back and sides, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard and forward-shifted 'scalloped X' bracing. Antique white binding and open geared butterbean tuners set this model off beautifully.
This guitar is an absolute cannon. It is extremely limited and there will only be a handful coming in to the country. Why not see out the 100th year of the dreadnought in style?! $3,249.