This week’s featured piece of gear is the Martin Dreadnought series, launched in 1916!

At the time of its creation the word ‘dreadnought’ referred to a large, modern battleship. The Dreadnought once was viewed in less favorable light primarily because it was so large in comparison to other guitars of the day. However, having a body much larger than most other common guitars provided the dreadnought with a bolder, richer, and often louder tone.

The style, since copied by other guitar manufacturers, has become the most common and standard style of acoustic guitar. Their model numbers consist of “D-” followed by a number, such as “D-18” and “D-45”.


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