First, I'll say how great Sweetwater was to work with. I arranged a 24 month no interest financing without issue. I had to return the 1st guitar I ordered ( different than the D-16RGT ) and Matt made it easy and painless.
Because I had owned a 1970 D-35 yrs ago, I finally decided that was the type of guitar I wanted, and the D-16RGT hit the mark in many ways. Appearance-wise, the D-16RGT is nicely done with plain white binding on the neck and back and wbwbw on the front. Nice looking herringbone inlay around the soundhole. The quality of workmanship is 1st rate. Not one issue visually. Satin finished sides, back and neck feel great, though you can tell this is where Martin cut costs, as they don't fill the grain like they do on gloss finished guitars. The spruce top is fairly clear, but not nearly as much as their higher priced guitars. The rosewood back and sides are also very nice, and no seams are visible. Appearance of wood varies from one guitar to the next, and it's great that Sweetwater publishes photos of the guitars they carry so the buyer can choose which guitar they prefer.
But we don't buy Martins because of their understated looks, but for their tone and quality. This guitar has a clear, deep bass and clear strong trebles. A little lacking in the midrange, but that is to be expected of a rosewood dread. It is pretty loud when strummed with a pick, but still finger picks nicely. The neck shape ( modified low oval ) works fine with my smaller hands plagued by arthritis. Set up was very good, but I switched from med. gauge strings to light gauge. Tone might suffer slightly but it made playing much easier for me.
This is a very good guitar and value, especially when considering it cost about 1K less than a D-35. It has the full, rich Martin tone we all know and love, and the build quality is outstanding. Highly recommended for a D type guitar where one doesn't have thousands to spend.