New Gear Review: C.F. Martin D-222 and D-28 Lennon 75th Anniversary Dreadnoughts

Martin Guitar celebrates the 100th anniversary of their Dreadnought models with two distinctive limited edition models: the D-222 and D-28 John Lennon 75th Anniversary Editions.

Limited to only 100 instruments, the D-222 is a 12-fret Dreadnought crafted from a Sitka spruce top with Vintage Tone System, mahogany back and sides, grained Ivoroid binding, slotted headstock and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. It sells for $4,999 MSRP.

To commemorate Lennon’s 75th Birthday, only 75 of this model (pictured) will be produced. It has a solid Adirondack spruce top with Vintage Tone System combined with Madagascar rosewood back and sides. Custom details include: the back is inlaid with HD-28 style zig-zag peace sign marquetry and the rosewood head plate has Lennon’s famous self-portrait illustration. It sells for $11,999 MSRP.


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 contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com