Good quality and playability at half the pricetag of the standard martins.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $629.00 (new)
Solid guitar. great projection and volume. basically a d series without paying for the cosmetics.
Good set up. comfortable to play.
Loud and clear. lacks the complex treble response of higher end martins and gibsons. good road guitar.
Don't really have to worry about the finish.
I went into the store to order an Ovation Balladeer Special and just by chance picked up the Martin DR and WoW!! The sales guy introduced me to the DM and Honestly , for the extra $100 I could not hear a difference between laminated mahogony and laminated rosewood. So I used my savings to by a pick up. The sound of this guitar compared to anything else in it's price range is not even comparable! there is nothing fancy to look at with this guitar, but I didn't buy it to look at it...the sound is the thing... and it is great!! I highly recomend this guitar to anyone who wants a great acoustic under a $1000.00
Model Year: 2001
Price: $620.00 (new)
Where Obtained: menchey music service
Made in Nazareth, Pa. Solid Spruce top, laminate mahogony sides and back, mahogony neck and rosewood fretboard and bridge. 14 fret dreadnaught, Satin finish acoustic.
Action from the factory is superb! The neck is very smooth and thin. It has made me a better player.
I play mostly folk/rock type and it really sings. from the moment I played my first chord in the store, I was in love. It has a very well balanced sound, not too much treble, no "muddy" bass, just right. Compared to the Ovation i sold to buy this, it is awesome. I have not been able to put it down since I brought it home.
The satin finish is supposed to be more "durable", but so far it is showing more age than any lacquered guitar I have ever owned. I is beginning to show "shiny" spots where I rest my arm and also where my fingers come across just below the pick guard. (after only 3 weeks)Other than that, I expect that it should hold up very well. I use it for classroom music and it travels a great deal, so I am hoping it will anyway...
Nothing against other guitar makers...but I think the Martin DM can't be touched in quality crafts-manship, durability, nor soundability (if there is such a word) for the money...as I said before the DM is a babe!!!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Willis Music
The spruce wood top raises the sound quality a cut above the DX...handles like the more expensive Martins and yet I could rate no Martin less than a five. Finally, a Martin that is more affordable without sacrifice of quality.
Even though, I consider myself a beginner...I have been around some fine musicians while I was growing up. I was shown a few minor things along the way...but when I held a Martin in my hands for the first time...I realized that I could do this...the action is great...14 frets on a slender user friendly neck...the strings are low for quick action...but with clarity...not fuzzy at all.
The carbon fiber composite material of the back and sides are invisible...layered in mahogony...
how they did it I don't know, but no sacrifice in the sound quality. The DM is a babe... crisp highs and rich smooth bass tones eminate brightly from that solid spruce top. I use the Marquis strings for a mellow sound...but still crisp when you need it.
The satin finish....most excellent...the mahogony overlay on the back and sides..reminescent of the old Martin O17...sturdy, tough, yet attractive to the eye. You won't waste a penny on this one. I think that in the years to come the DM will be labeled a workhorse of the Martins...it will survive and aptly heads the list of the Martin Road Series.
I love my Martin. Since I was a kid, I dreamed of owning one. I finally got it and I'm not giving it up! I was a little worried that I didn't "deserve" such a great instrument. However the Marting is so nice, it even makes MY playing sound good. Everyone should own one!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Bogusko Music Store- Wilkes-Barre, PA
Excellent tone and craftsmanship. A dream to hold.
Satin finish is unique.
The action is just perfect. Low enough not to "buzz", high enough to sound rich and clear.
Good amplification, clear and crisp tones.
I've "banged" it around many times yet the finish remains as clean as the day I bought it.