Martin D Jr. - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Select Hardwood Neck, and Black Richlite Fingerboard - Natural
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Insanely Comfortable with a Startling Level of Powerful Tone!

This Martin Dreadnought Junior is one of the most comfortable acoustic guitars that you'll ever play, thanks to its fun-sized body and easy action. That being said, this guitar gives you a startling level of powerful tone, despite its diminutive size. Built from sapele and topped with solid Sitka spruce, this guitar lends a rich, woody quality to your tone, framed by a bright and robust sound that works well for all playing styles. At Sweetwater, we've rarely seen high-quality guitars like this one sell for such a low price. So grab yourself a Martin Dreadnought Junior acoustic guitar, and enjoy the clarity and depth of tone that has defined Martin instruments for more than 180 years!

Martin Dreadnought Junior Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Carefully selected tonewood combination delivers superior tone
  • Comfortable Auditorium body style
  • Dreadnought Junior neck profile for great playability
Carefully selected tonewood combination delivers superior tone

The guitarists here at Sweetwater know that there's no substitute for top-quality tonewoods. That's a major reason this Martin Dreadnought Junior acoustic guitar is such a wonderful value - it uses solid tonewoods which typically aren't found on guitars in this price range. Its top is solid Sitka spruce, a choice wood for bright, robust sounds. Its back and sides are made from solid sapele, which is similar to mahogany in terms of richness and depth. It's a recipe for vibrant tone that will age gracefully as the years go by.

Comfortable Dreadnought Junior body style

The clarity and depth of tone of this Martin Dreadnought Junior acoustic guitar comes from its Dreadnought Junior body style. This body style provides excellent projection and focus but is the right size for smaller players, students, travelers, or anyone else who wants Martin quality in a compact package. The Dreadnought Junior body style also gives you well-balanced tone, making this Dreadnought Junior perfect for recording in your studio.

Dreadnought Junior neck profile for great playability

Whether you need to survive long recording sessions or plan to play out late into the night, you'll be glad you got a Martin Dreadnought Junior acoustic guitar. This Dreadnought Junior features Martin's amazing Dreadnought Junior neck profile, which gives you enough girth to hold onto while still allowing you to play faster lines unhindered.

Martin Dreadnought Junior Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Sapele topped with solid Sitka spruce delivers superior tone
  • Dreadnought Junior body provides comfort and projection
  • Dreadnought Junior neck profile provides comfortable playability
  • Chrome-enclosed tuners with small buttons keep you in tune
This Martin Dreadnought Junior is a real-world Martin acoustic guitar at a real-world price!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought Junior
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Hand rubbed
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Sapele
Body Bracing Dreadnought Junior
Binding Black Boltaron
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Dreadnought Junior Profile
Fingerboard Material Black Richlite
Fingerboard Inlay White Boltaron Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 24"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
Bridge Material Black Richlite
Nut/Saddle Material White Corian/Tusq
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 18.2"
Body Width 14.2"
Body Depth 4.37"
Overall Length 37.6"
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 11DJRA

Customer Reviews

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5/5

A really great Martin

A great neck profile, great size, fit and finish are what you would expect from Martin. The guitar sounds much better than I expected. The scale length is perfect. Mine has bell like tones on the trebles and the lows are very good but not what you would hear from a full size dreadnaught which this is not. I know that other makers are dabbling in this area of guitars that are in a size larger than a 3/4 but not full size. Personally I think Martin hit it just right. I play this on the couch every night and couldn't be happier. The padded case is really nice and of course the embroidered MARTIN on the front shows some pride. I would think anyone who wants a smaller guitar would be thrilled to have one of these in their stable. Think of it, all solid woods, how can you go wrong?
5/5

For those comparing to a GS Mini

After a while of breaking this guitar in, I'll finally write a proper review. As a preface, I've owned and loved a Taylor GS Mini Mahogany for about 4 years. I know a lot of people considering the Martin D-Jr are likely wondering which to buy- the GS Mini or this Martin. This review will compare the 2 a lot, and I'll share my opinion. This will be a long, detailed review! If you want the quick version it's at the bottom of the post.Firstly, price. This guitar is $600. The GS Mini now retails for $529, putting the Martin at a slightly higher price. What do I think? Get a coupon or ask for a deal. I was able to get 15% off the full price, bringing the Martin down to $510+tax. Unless you don't mind paying $600, find a coupon.Let's move on to sound. This Martin is crafted with a solid spruce top, and solid Sapele back and sides (Also may explain why the Martin is slightly more expensive, the Taylor has LAMINATE back and sides). Altogether, it is an absolutely killer sound, especially for this body type. I primarily play without a pick, so the sound is mellow and deep. However, when strummed with a pic, the whole body wakes up and sounds great. Martin has managed to keep their signature tone- that low end, punchy midrange- in a smaller guitar. Now, the GS Mini also sounds amazing. What's the difference? To my ear, the Taylor is slightly louder, and is very articulate. The mids and highs sing and project outward, leaving a little more to be desired at the low end. The Martin, to me, is more balanced overall. The lows and mids are prominent- but the highs are mellow and constant, not all in your face. Personally, I think it's the better sounding guitar. The Martin ships with a pickup, and it sounds pretty good. The Taylor does not come with a pickup, it's a $100 add on unless you buy the Rosewood Mini-e.Onto looks! This Martin is a thing of beauty. The spruce top has a beautiful look that shimmers in the right light, while the back and sides, while slightly more dull, give a great dark accent to the top. The craftsmanship is absolutely top notch. One of the biggest technical differences between the Martin and Taylor is the bracing. The Taylor does NOT have bracing on the back of the guitar, nor does it have the wooden lining that connects the back and sides(from what I've researched, this is done purposely as it gives them the tone they're after). In my opinion, it just makes the Martin a better crafted guitar, complete with all necessary bracing a guitar usually has.The Taylor does have a real Ebony fretboard and bridge that look amazing. Martin used Richlite for their bridge and fingerboard, as they do on most of their
5/5

martin D jr.

I am pleased to say this guitar exceeded my expectations! as well as sweetwater service and my sales rep Nathan parker. I own several other martins hd28v,16gt and baby martin for comparison. I knew what I wanted it to sound like, and it delivers that great martin sound. It is very comfortable to play, has a well balanced tone and suprising level of sustain. Fit and finish was also very nice for the price point. It arrived perfectly tuned and setup with a nice easy action.This was my first online guitar purchase and I would, and will purchase from Nathan and sweetwater without any reservation in the future. Great job guys!
5/5

Excellent instrument

First let me say I am 5'2 and petite. I was worried about how the scale would really end up and its really perfect for my size. Its also not very heavy and the light case it comes with is perfect for easy grab-and-go playing. I took it to my trusted local guitar tech and he said the neck was perfect and it played exactly how you want it too. I tried a GS mini which had issues and I was not happy with (it buzzed) and in comparison this guitar blows it away for the actual playing and quality assurance. Sweetwater double boxed it and it shipped quickly. I am incredibly happy with it.
5/5

Martin Dread Jr.

I've been wanting to get my hands on the Martin Dreadnought Jr. since I saw a picture comparison of it beside Martin's regular Dreadnought. I'm 5'7'' so the 24 inch scale length fits me well. I also like the 1 3/4 inch nut width. It was ready to play out of the box and that's exactly what I did for an hour. I'd say volume is about like the standard OM size Martin. Everything I hoped it would be - completely satisfied!
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