Martin D-16GT Reviews4.9/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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from Dartmouth MA
November 15, 2012Music Background:
Plays for enjoyment..
An American Made BeautyFine fit, finish & sound. Synthetic fingerboard a plus, a perfect surface that needs no special care. Perfect spruce top & smooth mahogany sides/back. Feels & plays great. A great product of Nazaeth PA.
from New Jersey
September 17, 2012Music Background:
Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician (Singer, Guitar)
Great Martin for the PriceI already had a D-28, so I had a high standard for this guitar when I bought it. I spent some time talking to my rep (Dave Walent) and he convinced me that this was the right guitar to add to my collection. It's the first guitar I bought through the mail in quite some time, and the only guitar that I bought through the mail that was to be used immediately in my work. This guitar has not let me down and neither did Sweetwater.
The D-16 sounds great. It is brighter, but I am using it tuned down a half step which actually works to this guitars advantage. I had the LR Baggs Imix system put into it, and it sounds amazing plugged in. It's a Martin, feels like a Martin and sounds like a Martin, unlike many other companies lower priced models. Some people actually like the feel and sound of this over my D-28.
I've been using this now pretty constantly for about 6 months and it has yet to disappoint. It's stays in tune, plays beautifully and even handles all kinds of weather, as I play outdoors a bit.
Definitely get it professionally set up for your tuning and playing style. Even if it says it was set up, it still could use a good set up after travel. Well worth the money.
I would and have recommended this guitar to many different musicians of every level of talent and economic backgrounds. I would even buy another for my collection and keep it strictly acoustic just to have one without electronics inside for a kick-around guitar.
from Stamford, CT
August 12, 2010Music Background:
What a guitar!I spent a generous 3 months researching my next guitar...from online reviews, magazines and professional musician friends of mine the search narrowed down to three guitars. I couldn't be happier with the D-16GT. The craftsmanship, the tone, the action all superb! On a side note: AJ Peterson, one of the sales engineers was really great. Ask for him if you can. They will go the extra mile to make sure your purchase was a good one!
from New City, NY
July 27, 2009Music Background:
Amazingly Rich and Warm Spruce/Mahogany Dread - Love it!After briefly playing a D-16GT in my semi-local guitar superstore, I fell in love with the tone. After mulling it over a bit, I saw the one Sweetwater had in stock and I absolutely loved the grain on the top. It was very unique and I just had to have it, even without hearing it first. My sales engineer made the sale very easy, and before I comment more on the guitar, I'd like to tell you about the amazingly satisfying experience I had buying this guitar from Sweetwater. As they advertise, the folks as Sweetwater did an inspection before the guitar shipped. I was informed they found 2 or 3 'defects' on the top, and just wanted me to be aware of it. This concerned me greatly, but they assured if I wasn't satisfied, their generous return policy was there to back me up, so not to worry. I received the guitar, and I could not find these so-called 'defects'. I looked around, and saw what MIGHT be deemed a defect, but nothing that I would have noticed if it was hanging in a store. Sweetwater risked losing a sale over something that in my opinion most dealers would have overlooked or ignored. It was more important to them to do the right thing than to close the sale, and for that I give them a LOT of credit. They already had my trust, but they sealed it with this purchase.
About the guitar, I love it. The sound is so rich and warm and perfect for me. Playability is perfect as well. It was actually set up very nice right out of the box. I've had it for a few months now and have not needed a setup, though I've adjusted the neck a tiny bit myself. I love the simple herringbone rosette, and the black binding. Very much a 'working man's' guitar. The Micarta fretboard and bridge are the only things I'm not in love with, but functionally or sonically they take nothing away from the sound of this guitar. The fretboard is actually quite nice feeling, very solid. But looks-wise it definitely doesn't look like ebony to me. That said, I love this D-16GT and I suspect it will be a lifer.
January 19, 2012Music Background:
OUTSTANDING QUALITY FOR $I have owned this guitar for 7 years now ,so I feel qualified to add my opinion about it.It came with relatively high action (for me at least)which I had lowered just slightly to help with barre chords.The neck shape feels great,not too big or small.The workmanship is unreal for this price.I got the guitar in California,moved to the humid southeast,now I'm in the Arizona desert and it hasn't given me any trouble at all.The satin finish on the neck has turned into a nice and smooth gloss from the years of playing.As far as sound,it has a mellow bass response and bright top end.It isn't as loud as other similar sized guitars I've heard,not quite as much ring to the notes.I have found ,however,that unlike other dreadnoughts it sounds great played softly,especially with just fingers.I find myself not wanting to use a pick at all.Also,it's light as a feather and still smells like fresh cut wood on the inside.The TKL case has worn well,too.Considering you can buy 2 of these for about what you would pay for any other AMERICAN MADE solid wood guitar,it's a no-brainer in my opinion.