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.
Our customer of the day is Jacob Barker. Jacob is 12 years old and he's got the guitar bug bad. He specialises in White Stripes riffs. Like most kids he has slugged it out for years on an old nylon string. Today he was rewarded with his first new guitar - a great little Martin Dreadnought Junior. Congratulations Jacob...welcome to the Martin club!
New to stock...a glorious Santa Cruz OM-Grand. Fast becoming our best-selling model, the OMG is the bigger, lusher, louder sister to the standard OM. We've had plenty of these guitars in stock before but this is the first we've ordered in sunburst. An absolute stunner. $7,799