Martin D-41 Acoustic Guitar - Review
Review, specifications and similar instruments available for this quality acoustic guitar.
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Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rossette: Style 45
Top Bracing: Standard X Scalloped
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16"
Back Material: Solid Easy Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: Style 45
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Black/white Boltaron
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: Black Boltaron
Top Inlay Style: Abalone Pearl with Black/White/Black Boltaron
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: Black White Boltaron
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /C.F. Martin Block- Select Abalone Pearl
Fingerboard Material: Solid Ebony
Fomgerboard Position Markers: Reduced Hexagon Scale Length: 25.4"
# of Frets Clear: 14
# of Frets Total: 20
Left Handed Option at No Cost
List Price: $3,799.00 (incl. Case)
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Gold w/ Large Buttons
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Martin's reputation is not built on hype. It's built on generations of guitarists who recognize the vibrant, brilliant tone produced by peerless craftsmanship and quality woods. This gorgeous D-41 Dreadnought Guitar will show you exactly what we're talking about.
A solid spruce top with Martin's unique bracing pattern is hand-joined to lustrous rosewood sides and the 2-piece back. Polychrome abalone inlays in the rosette and ebony fretboard, combined with full binding and gold hardware, make the Martin D-41 as sumptuous to gaze upon as it is to play.
- Solid Sitka spruce top
Solid East Indian Rosewood back and sides
Solid Ebony fretboard and bridge
25.4" scale length
Reduced Hexigon Abalone fretboard inlays
- Full body, fretboard, and head binding
- Limited lifetime warranty
From the time you open the case to the first few notes that you play on the Martin D-41, you know you have an incredible instrument in your hands. The beauty of this guitar is hard to match with all of the abalone trim, head inlays and beautiful fretboard position markers.
With the East Indian Rosewood back and sides it gives this guitar more tonal capacity toward the bass sound, while keeping the treble notes loud and clear. The solid spruce top has a nice tight grain pattern with quite finely space lines.
The Martin D-41 guitar has it all - beauty and sound. The best part of it? The sound will just become better and better as time passes. The really wonderful thing about a solid wood guitar.
Gotoh Gold Plated tuning machines work very smoothly and they allow you to keep this guitar in tune very easily. Also the masters at Martin really know how to setup a guitar, by paying careful attention to the nut and saddle setup, which was perfect. This is what we have come to expect from Martin.
The Martin D-41 sound is very even, with loud treble and louder lows with a very sweet sound. It's amazing what careful craftsmanship from the experts at C.F. Martin can do with this guitar.
From the scalloped bracing to all of the hand wordworking used to put this guitar together, it is an incredible sound machine. The only thing better that I have played is a prewar D28 and a few great sounding custom guitars.
Pick up this guitar an play a complicated fingerstyle passage and you will never believe you could play so well or have it sound so good. Flatpicking is as equally impressive. Going from the low to high registers forfits no loss in volume or sound and the notes on the higher frets are not thin at all, but loud and clear.
The Martin D-41 had perfect action for my style of playing, which is fingerstyle guitar and flatpicking. I wouldn't change a thing - and I'm really pickey (pardon the pun).
Neck relief was perfect as was the string action height at both the nut and the saddle. Intonation was nearly perfect and I couldn't detect any bad overtones.
Also both natural and artifical harmonics came through loud and clear and were very easy to play.
The detail of workmanship really shows in how this guitar is setup. Often overlooked, it is one of the most important things that should be addressed with a fine guitar, and Martin gets it right. Every time.
The Martin D-41 is very solid and well made. From the moment to pick it up, you can tell the deep roots and tradition used to make this fine instrument. The top is solid and will withstand the tension from medium gauge strings very well.
Please do NOT put heavy gauge strings on this guitar. With the top being braced with scalloped bracing, it is more susceptible to warping than a conventionally braced top.
This guitar was put together in a humidity controlled atmosphere and you should keep it in that same type of atmosphere to minimize cracking or wood movement. A good humidifier for your room or home and guitar case is essential to minimize repair bills.
Be sure to visit our page on Guitar Humidity Control for detail information of keeping your guitar in tip-top shape during the dry winter months.
Be sure to register your Martin D-41 guitar. If you treat your guitar right you will be able to keep it in great playing condition for a long time. The biggest enemy of a hollow body acoustical guitar is the lack or the excess of humidity in the air. If you develop problems, a Martin repair center will take care of you.
The C.F. Martin D-41 is known as a great bluegrass flatpicking guitar. It is also used by folk artists, country artists and soft rock musicians. The more beautiful sister of the D-41 is the D-45. Basically the same guitar but with more abalone trim.
There are some major differences from today's guitars as compared to those produced some 70 years ago. The major difference is the use of scalloped bracing in the vintage models, while the most new guitars are produced using more conventional bracing of spruce.
This guitar was really popularized by many great guitar legends and has been produced by C.F. Martin since the 1930's. The Martin D-41 guitar will put a smile on your face every time you open the case.
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I love this guitar so much that I've introduced an Martin-Style Dreadnought Ultimate Guitar Plan based on the Martin D-41 It will be the Dreadnought sized body, 14 fret neck, 25.4" scale, and similar brace configuration to the Martin.
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