Martin D-42 - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Spruce Top and Rosewood Back and Sides - Natural
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Vintage Martin Sound!

This beautiful dreadnought takes its cue from Martin's much-loved prewar period guitars. It boasts many vintage features such as forward shifted scalloped bracing, traditional Style 45 snowflake fingerboard inlays, grained ivoroid bindings, and gold tuning gears with "butterbean" knobs.

  • Dreadnought Body
  • Solid Rosewood Back & Sides
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Ebony Fretboard
  • Gloss Finish with Aging Toner
  • Scalloped 5/16" Forward Shifted Bracing
  • Abalone Pearl Rosette
  • Grained Ivoroid Binding

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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 Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Forward Shifted Standard X Scalloped, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding Grained Ivoroid
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Low Profile
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Style 45 Snowflakes - Select Abalone Pearl
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Gold Enclosed with Large Buttons
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Martin SP
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D42

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Outstanding sound. Well balanced lows, midrange and highs. Expect power in every note, with deep piano-like bass, rich mids, clear and balanced highs, and plenty of volume. Beautiful woods, superior craftsmanship and high quality. The D-42 plays very easy with the ebony fretboard and polished frets make slides and bends easy to do.
Music background: Guitar player for over 30 years


The VERY BEST---ALL AROUND---acoustic guitar I've EVER played, & I've played a lot of great ones!Each Martin Dreadnought I own has it's own very fine uniqueness, greatness in tone, sound, etc., & I LOVE 'em ALL dearly! However, for those of you could only buy ONE Martin guitar, the D-42 is the one I'd advise you to consider, even if you have to save-up some more cash to get one! Believe me, you will NOT regret it! You'll feel its deep, rich, & resonant vibrations shoot throughout your body!Clear highs, very balanced midrange, & deep, rich lows! AND, DEFINITELY, ask for MIKE SOPER to be your Sales Engineer, as he is the most knowledgeable guy I know regarding guiatrs of all kinds & their related equipment & accessories! He is also the friendliest & most dependable guy you'll ever want to do business with! I've bought a lot of guitars from Mike, & each one of them entered the shipping process very soon after our phone call ended!THANKS AGAIN, Mike, & keep up the GREAT job!
Music background: Long-time guitar player

Perfectly Built & Flawless w/Martin Growl

Although I have several great guitars ranging from small bodies, to a 000, and jumbos, I hadn’t yet filled that dreadnaught “hole” in my collection (and heart). I have several Gibson guitars, for which I have a weakness for the woody/thump and midrange-bark of, and I absolutely love the Martin sound of my 000-42—I just wanted “more” of that! The D-42 delivered that to me and then some. It has a gorgeous brilliance in the high-end, with those shimmering overtones perfectly matched by a low-end that just growls. Not only is the playability of this guitar effortless, but it projects like a cannon whether strumming, flatpicking, or fingerpicking. The build quality is flawless. Just like my 000-42, the wood grain is perfect, the fit and finish seamless, and the attention to every detail is remarkable given how many guitars Martin builds. The dreadnaught is an American institution and hearing that traditional Americana tone from this guitar puts a smile on my face every time. As always, being able to see detailed pictures, select my guitar by serial number, and receive expert-advice from my wonderful Sweetwater Sales Rep, Ben Porter makes all the difference to me when buying a guitar like this online. I know that Sweetwater and Ben stand behind the gear they offer and have always gone above and beyond—it’s great to buy an A+ guitar from an A+ dealer. Thank you Martin, Sweetater, and Ben!
Music background: Ex-Music Industry Survivor

My 41 is amazing

They can't produce the D-41 anymore for the old retail price so they reinvented this guitar. How much better can it be, my 41 is amazing
Music background: Playing guitar 40 years

Martin D-42

The playability and the tone are both incredible. The guitar brand new already sounds like it's been played in. It was the best sounding guitar I played, out of many I tried. It has that great Martin sound I was looking for. I've let others try it out, they all say "WOW!" at the first strum. How could I NOT walk out with the best sounding guitar in the store? Pick one that sounded "almost" as good, but not quite!? I would have kicked myself later on. And I could pick it out of a crowd, blindfolded. It's that good!
Music background: Been playing for 41 years in bands, church, etc.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars