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
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