MARTIN D-1 (1 Series)

  • Martin D-1

Overview

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  • acoustic guitars

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Dates of manufacture: 

1993 to 2006
2009 to 2012

Martin introduced the D-1 dreadnought acoustic in 1993 as part of their 1 Series. The D-1 is an affordable traditional solid wood guitar in the spirit of the Style 15 and Style 17 models that Martin introduced during The Great Depression. The Dreadnought design (refined by Martin in the early-1900s) was first produced in 1931 bearing the Martin brand name. The first two models were named the D-1 and D-2 that soon became the legendary D-18 and D-28 models.

The initial Martin One Series D-1 was made from 1993 to 2006. The Martin D-1 model was reintroduced from 2009 until around 2012 but with some changes: the rosewood fingerboard and bridge was changed to a morado fingerboard and bridge on these later models (a similar feel to rosewood but slightly lighter looking). The later models had Stratabond necks (a type of multilaminate) and solid sapele back and sides (the 1993-2006 models had mahogany necks, laminated mahogany sides and solid mahogany backs). The pickguard was changed from tortoiseshell to black on these later D-1s and a slightly different top bracing pattern was used.

Specifications (22)

General

Bindingtortoiseshell binding
Finish colorsnatural finish
Finish effectssatin finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.4 inches scale-length

Body

Body back materialmahogany body back, sapele body back
Body sides materialmahogany body sides, sapele body sides
Body top materialsitka spruce body top
Pickguard materialblack pickguard, tortoiseshell pickguard
Soundhole rosette3-stripe rosette
Soundholeround soundhole

Neck

Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Neck jointset neck
Neck materiallaminated neck, mahogany neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets20 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Hardware

Bridge pinswhite with black dot pins
Bridgebelly bridge, morado bridge, rosewood bridge

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialmorado fingerboard, rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Prices (48)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1994$750new
2015$325.00excellentTG
1994£1000new
1992$900good
1995$350excellent
19962000 NLG new
20160 ETBexcellentGreg SPATraded straight up for a Taylor hog topped GS Mini, gig bag, JJB K&K pup clone (+$50).... Other party thought Martin _ case were worth more than GS Mini. He was correct!
2009$500.00excellent
2009$500.00excellent
2009$500.00excellent
2017$396good
2002$677.00new
2010€650good
2012$800excellent
1993$900new
1993$325.00goodScottGot an amazing deal for my daughter. This says it's a D1 it also is an electric acoustic. Not finding to much about it. It look factory original, if not someone did an amazing install.
2010€750worn
2004€1200new
2001$500excellent
2003£800new
1994$700.00new
2009$1000new
1994$700new
2018$550excellent
1992$800new
2000$0new
1997$800new
2002£350excellentDavid
2018$500goodT Larse
1993$1200new
2012$799new
2017$550excellentbuddyCanadian dollars
1993$750excellent
2017$499.00good
2004$700.00newNever played
2018$400goodTomGreat Guitar. It is a 1998 vintage. Buffed the satin finish to gloss with Virtuoso. Looks and plays amazing!
2012£800newNot absolutely sure of the year. I think this had been in the shop for a while. It's the later model with stratabond neck and morado bridge/fretboard. I played everything in the shop - Taylor, Gibson, Washburn, Takamine, Yamaha - this was the stand out instrument by far.
2004$800new
2005$950good
1996$1100new
1996$1100newDavid GrimmMy D1 is as good now as it was new in 1996. It was made in 1994.
1996$1100newDavid PayneMy D1 is as good now as it was new in 1996. It was made in 1994.
2001$1200.00good
1994$1200new
1994$1200new
2018$700excellent
1964$1250newJay McSorleyOriginal owner. Bought at Caruso Music, New London CT. They had 25 of them. I tried every one for hours, This one was the best sounding by far. Its been played regularly ever since.
2000$1000new

Reviews (4)

MARTIN D-1 (1 Series) reviewed by Lawrence H.

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Great sounding (generation 2) guitar if you can find it! Although some may complain about the “funny feeling” stratabond neck, it’s really not that bad once you get used to it. Sounds great, plays great. Awesome bang for the buck all solid-wood USA-made Martin!!! Highly recommended if you can find it, or, it’s cousin, the D1-GT (gloss top)

MARTIN D-1 (1 Series) reviewed by Pete Connor

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
2nd hand for £800.What a steal it is too. 06/07 so played in. It has a wonderful, mature, sweet sound with crystal clear highs. Not sure how much new but wouldn't sell mine for£1500. The older ones are all wood, all in all=superb!

MARTIN D-1 (1 SERIES) reviewed by pHiLL_uP

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
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MARTIN D-1 (1 Series) reviewed by pHiLL_uP

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
I gave this 5 stars because it has earned it. You get an excellent guitar (Made in USA) for the price of a cheaper guitar. It stays in tune really well and has a HUGE sound, it is also one of the loudest acoustics I have heard. The guitar is no longer in production as a D-1, it changed to a DX-1 which was made in Mexico and it may be discontinued as well.

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