Martin Dreadnought Junior, best sub $600 Martin?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by ilikeguitar90, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. ilikeguitar90

    ilikeguitar90 Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    i saw one of these used at my local guitar store for $300 yesterday and haven't been able to get it off my mind since. I've never seen one before and wasn't expecting much since it kind of looked like a dreadnought for kids but man, it sounded great. Had that classic Martin warmth even when I played it side by side with D18 and D28. To my surprise it's all solid wood too which is crazy for a $600 new Martin.

    I'm seriously considering picking it up but am wondering if there is another Martin guitar out there that compares for the price. The all solid wood construction at such an affordable price has my attention. It seems like the main Martin competitor at the price point is the X series, are those generally considered better than the Dreadnought Jr? I know they have laminate back and sides but the guitar store didn't have them to try out.
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  2. Outlaw

    Outlaw Member

    May 12, 2016
    It’s a 15/16” size that falls (size wise) between the LXM and the OOO-18. The only things that aren’t solid wood are the fingerboard and bridge (Richlite) which wouldn’t bother me a bit. I love that it has an 1.75” nut width. It gets rave reviews. For $300.00 it’s a no brainer if all is well with the guitar. You can certainly sell it for that if you grow to unlove it.
  3. Bluedano1

    Bluedano1 Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Manassas, VA (Wash.D.C. suburb)
    Sounds like a good guitar and a great price- I'm a Martin fan at any price point so I am biased, Ha!
    Important question- have you actually played the guitar?
    If you like it, sounds good feels good nice set-up, go for it!
    Or you can shop around and see if you can find one that'll beat it but it sure sounds like a good value
  4. slooky

    slooky Member

    Jan 3, 2015
    It really is a great guitar. Go and buy it,,you will love it! I have one and an American one. I play the jr d more. Solid vs hpl? Go for solid.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
  5. Schrader

    Schrader Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    It is a fantastic guitar. Fun to play. 300 is a bargain

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