Martin D-16GT - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Spanish Cedar Neck, and Richlite Fingerboard - Natural
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Martin Sound and Feel!

This well-established and innovative solid wood 16 Series guitar was originally conceived and developed as an experiment to deliver better sound at a lower cost by using a special combination of Martin's proprietary bracing systems. The 16 Series's "Hybrid" X-bracing has now become a longtime Martin favorite. Other features for the 16 Series include solid wood top, back, and sides, as well as a patented neck mortise.

Martin D-16GT Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • "D" is for dreadnought
  • Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides

"D" is for dreadnought
The famous Martin dreadnought, with its "D" designation, is without a doubt the most popular size steel-string flat-top guitar. Nearly 16 inches wide and five inches deep, the "D" is Martin's largest body and one of the biggest voices in the acoustic guitar world.

Sitka spruce top
The D-16GT's top is crafted of Sitka spruce. Its high stiffness combined with the lightweight characteristics of most softwoods, makes it a natural for a high velocity of sound. A strong fundamental-to-overtone ratio gives Sitka spruce a powerful direct tone capable of retaining its clarity when played forcefully. This makes Sitka an excellent choice for top wood for players whose style demands a wide dynamic response and a robust, meaty tone.

Mahogany back and sides
When employed for back and sides, mahogany has relatively high velocity of sound, which contributes overtone coloration. While rosewood guitars may be thought of as having a metallic sound, the D-16GT's mahogany back and sides sound more wood-like.

Martin D-16GT Features:
  • D-14 Fret body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top with polished gloss top finish
  • Bold Herringbone rosette
  • Solid genuine mahogany back and sides with satin, light mahogany stain finish
  • Black Boltaron endpiece and binding
  • Solid Spanish cedar neck and modified low-oval shape with semi-gloss, light red mahogany stain and dark filler finish
  • Solid/6-string, no diamond/standard taper headstock
  • Solid East Indian rosewood headplate with gold-foil logo
  • Solid East Indian rosewood heelcap
  • Richlite fingerboard and bridge
  • 25.4" scale length
  • 20 frets
  • Compensated White Tusq saddle
  • Chrome tuning machines with small knobs
  • 345 Hardshell case
The Martin D-16GT delivers true Martin sound and feel!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Polished Gloss (top)/Satin with Light Mahogany Stain (back and sides), Semi Gloss (neck)
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Genuine Mahogany
Body Bracing Hybrid X Scalloped, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding Black Boltaron
Neck Wood Solid Spanish Cedar
Neck Shape Modified Low Oval
Fingerboard Material Richlite
Fingerboard Inlay Style 28
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome with Small Knobs
Bridge Material Richlite
Nut/Saddle Material White Corian/Compensated White TUSQ
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Martin MSP7200 Lifespan
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D16GT

Customer Reviews

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My Baby!!!!

Love this guitar, absolutely amazing. As the guitar ages & you break it in, it sounds better & better. This is my studio guitar, the one I polish & baby that will never leave the house. I paid a pretty penny for mine, here I am 4 years later with no regrets!

Martin D16GT

I bought this for a second guitar that I could capo so when I switch on stage I wouldn't have to stop and fine tune after installing a capo. I also have a Martin HD 28. Ever since I took this home, this is the guitar that I play. I can't believe how this guitar vibrates! It resonates unlike any guitar that I have ever played! Yes I was blown away especially for the price. Don't under estimate this guitar, it has the punch, clarity, bass and highs that make you want to play it more. I am not saying that it is better than my HD 28, but I would say it performs better if you flat pick for the clarity of the notes and the ease of playing. I feel this has the tone of an aged guitar right out of the box. Buy and enjoy!
Music background: Bluegrass

Incredible guitar

This guitar has been better than I expected. I was looking at this guitar or a Taylor 310, I already own a Taylor that I love. I was concerned about the sound difference and that I wouldn't like the more bass driven sound of the Martin. Now I actually prefer the sound of the Martin over my Taylor. It isn't bass heavy it just sounds more full or rich. The Taylor seems more bright ringing over all. (nothing against Taylor, I still love what they produce as well) I also love the action of this guitar, it plays like a dream. It is the easiest acoustic guitar to play that I have owned. The quality of construction is incredible as well. Everything on this guitar seems perfect. Sweetwater also came through once again with great service and delivery. Kudos to my sales rep Chris as well for answering all my questions and concerns. Thank you.

A complete surprise

So, I was out of town. Went into a large guitar store to buy some stings for my d28 and for my idiot friend who never strung up his gifted dxm1. ( as a Martin guy, not a fan of that specific guitar) but better than most particle board crap. Either way, I was in store and heading to the "weird, cut off acoustic area", On the way there "Guitar something" had a group of used guitars just outside. I saw the Martin logo in the mix, and pulled this simple dreadnought guitar. I thought it was stupid. But played it on dead strings. Even with crap strings I was impressed. Played two chords and walked to the register. Used so got i got it for 600. Tone is well rounded and impressive. When I bought my d28 I tried 10 different d28 guitars before I purchased mine. This d16gt purchase was simple. Played the chord and was sold. Do yourself a favor, buy this guitar.

What a player!

I was in the market for a new acoustic in the $1000 range. I was really leaning toward a Taylor 214ce. I tried one out and thought it didn't feel right and it was a little bright. I then tried a Taylor 314ce and realized where the $600 price difference came from. I was out of my price range. I then went to another guitar shop looking for a used Taylor when I came upon a Martin DX1RAE and I laughed, because I hated Martin guitars. I played several martins over my 25 years of playing and they were the hardest guitars I ever played. I figured a 5 year old could cut out a slab of wood and put some strings on it and it would be an easier instrument to play than a Martin. My ex-wife talked me into buying a Martin in 2006 (brand new all mahogany $1200) and I sold it a month later for $800. Couldn't stand the effort I had to put into playing the dang thing. So, yeah I was going to prove to myself once again what a joke Martins are. I picked up that $550 Martin and played it. I was very surprised at the ease of playing. I couldn't believe what had happened. I picked up a Martin DX1AE and it played like butter as well. I knew I was on the right track and the sound was 20 times better than the Taylor. Yep, the butterflies in my stomach really had my heart racing. I wanted that sound and playability, but could not stand the looks of the stratabond neck and the Mahogany Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish. I didn't think it would hold up very well. So, after much research I noticed the Martin D-16GT offered everything I was looking for and in my price range, I got mine for $1149. The price has gone up since then. I wasn't able to try one out, but knew this would be everything the DX1RAE was plus a whole lot more. I ordered it from Sweetwater, of course and when it arrived I was the happiest man in town. This guitar sounds so good. I have played out and guitar players ask me what kind of guitar I'm playing, because it sounds so good. When I tell them it is a Martin the answer is usually something along the line of "yep, you can tell". I've put over 250 hours of playing on this guitar in the last 9 months, I bought it in June 2014. The is the best acoustic guitar I have ever owned or played for that matter. It looks great, it feels great, it plays great and it sounds great!!!!!!! Now, I wanna go try out a D-28 to see how it holds up to the D-16GT. I just don't see how it can get much better. I am very surprised and extremely pleased with my Martin D-16GT!
Music background: Well practiced hobbyist who can play a thing or two!
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars