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Music Gear Review: Martin Dreadnought Junior Guitar

Introduced last year, Martin’s Dreadnought Junior coincides with and celebrates Martin’s 100th year anniversary of their Dreadnought guitar, first produced way back in 1916. More than an entry-level Martin instrument, the Junior is made of solid, book-matched sapele for the back and sides and has a Sitka spruce top plate. It is built in the standard Dreadnought shape but scaled down to 15/16th the size of a full-size Martin Dreadnought.

Perfect for students or traveling, the 14-fret Martin Dreadnought Junior features X-bracing, a 24-inch scale and uses a synthetic material called Richlite that has the same feel and texture as ebony. It is used for the fret board and bridge. For live stage work, a Fishman Sonitone pickup system is included.

The Martin Dreadnought Junior sells for $799 MSRP and comes with a nylon gig bag and is available in a left-handed model as well. Video at: youtube.com/watch?v=sP0wsHr-9dc


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contribut- ing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com