Custom D Classic Rosewood Acoustic Guitar
Review by Mike Moors
I have owned a dozen or so intermediate level acoustic guitars over the years. This is the best I've ever played. I had a Martin DX-1 for a while, and didn't get too excited about it. This rosewood Custom D even outshines my favorite Guild and NOW I understand what all the praise about Martins is all about! Would give it 5 stars, except it is a little plain, but when you hear it, who cares?
Finger-pick it, flatpick it, however you play it, it just sounds great. The depth and resonance is like no other guitar I've played. Plucked delicately, the notes could be coming from a fine Steinway piano. Strummed with authority, the bass is full and throaty and the mids and highs don't break down at all. The solid woods give it a dimension and sweetness the DX-1 could never match. Most important to me, it makes me sound better than I am!
As stated above, fairly plain looking, but still tasteful. No fancy abalone fret markers or rosette, dark wood binding and matte finish, not nearly as pretty as a couple of my Ibanez Artwoods, but what do you want to do with a guitar, look at it or play it?
Excellent playability, seems to have a fairly thin neck and is not a heavy guitar. When I play it, it just feels right, like an old friend.
I haven't had it long enough to evaluate, so I'm going to give it 5 stars on Martin's reputation for reliability. Hope I'm right, as the original owner is the only one that qualifies for the lifetime warranty!
Seems like an excellent value. I believe they go for around $900 new and I bought mine used, but in perfect condition for $500.
Also comes with a high-quality case, the guitar fits in it like a glove. When I open it to take out the guitar, it smells like you just walked into a woodworking shop!