Martin D-42

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  • Dreadnought Body Has Excellent Bass Response & Articulate Highs
  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top Yields Crisp Articulation & Broad Dynamics
  • Solid Rosewood Body Produces Resonant & Well-Balanced Tone
  • Real Bone Nut For Added Resonance & Sustain
  • Molded Hardeshell Case Included

Martin D-42

The Martin D-42 offers an all-solid wood construction for a sublime tonal character combined with a dreadnought body for a massive bass response and vintage ornate details to provide the discerning player with a premium acoustic guitar from Martin. With a solid sitka spruce and solid East Indian rosewood build, the D-42 produces a versatile, rich, full, and resonant tonal character with a broad dynamic range, and crisp articulation. Its real bone nut also adds resonance and sustain, as well as being self-lubricated, allowing the guitar to stay in tune for longer periods of time. The tone produced is able to accommodate numerous genres and playing styles with ease, from lighter folk and country fingerpicking techniques to heavier, meatier strumming patterns. Furthermore, the Martin D-42 features a dreadnought body which offers superb projection and volume, perfect for the singer-songwriter that needs an commanding acoustic voice to keep up with their passionate vocals.

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Quality Solid Sitka Spruce & East Indian Rosewood Construction

The Martin D-42 features a solid sitka spruce top which produces a versatile sound that is able to accommodate numerous genres and techniques with ease; from lighter fingerpicking styles, to heavier more aggressive strumming patterns. In addition, its stunning sitka spruce top also yields a crisp and articulate tone with a broad dynamic range, and a focused, clear sound of deep lows, warm mid-range, and bright singing highs. Furthermore, its versatile solid top is accompanied by East Indian rosewood back and sides, which combined with its sitka spruce top provides players with an incredibly balanced and versatile palette of tones. The rosewood back and sides also produce rich warmth with superb resonance and volume.

Dreadnought Body

With a dreadnought body, the Martin D-42 projects an enormous acoustic voice, yet still maintains overall tonal balance. Its big body and combination of tonewoods give the D-42 a powerful bass response that is balanced with articulate highs, offering a truly sonically pleasing tone that is one of the 'must-haves' for every guitarist. The well-rounded and balanced tone produced is able to accommodate numerous genres and playing styles with ease, from rock, pop, indie, folk and country. Furthermore, the big and bold dreadnought body offers a comfortable playing experience, although it is better-suited to players more comfortable with bigger-bodied guitars, and those with a longer reach.

Mahogany Neck & Ebony Fingerboard

Constructed from mahogany, the D-42's neck delivers a sonically pleasing warmth that is both mellow and resonant. Mahogany's nature also enables it to respond greatly to numerous playing styles and techniques, meaning each chord strum and each note picked will be clear, pure, and projected with superb amounts of volume. In addition, the neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard which adds a bright attack, superb sustain, and plenty of bite to the guitar's overall sound. Furthermore, the fingerboard is sprinkled with abalone style 45 snowflake inlays, adding elegance to its already premium appearance.

Plek Pro For Enhanced Playability

Plek Technology uses a computer-controlled machine that carefully measures each fret, along with the fingerboard height under each string. This innovative Plek Technology then automatically dresses each fret, virtually eliminating string buzz and greatly improving the overall playability of the guitar. This pioneering process does the same work in a matter of minutes in comparison to how long it takes a luthier to complete the same job which can take up to several hours, sometimes even days to accomplish.

Forward Shifted Scalloped X Bracing

With forward shifted X bracing and a scalloped shape, the guitar's overall structure is reinforced, preventing it from collapsing under string tension. Shifting the braces around, the sound of the guitar can be almost manipulated, allowing for superb projection, and a beautifully crystal clear and powerful sound.

Real Bone Nut

The D-42 features a real bone nut, which offers excellent resonance and sustain, along with an authentic appearance. A bone nut also delivers a very balanced tone, and will last a long time. In addition, this type of nut naturally self lubricates and helps you stay in tune for longer.


  • All-solid wood construction projects sublime tone with a powerful response
  • Dreadnought body delivers an excellent bass response balanced by articulate highs
  • Plek technology for enhanced playability
  • Real bone nut self lubricates enables players to stay in tune longer
  • Forward shifted X brace for a rich sound with superior projection
  • Aging toner gloss top and vintage ornate details for a classic pre-war Martin appearance
  • Gold hardware, grained ivoroid binding & faux tortoise pickguard offers a premium appearance


Body & Bridge

  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Top Colour: Aging Toner
  • Body Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Bridge Style: Modern Belly Drop In Saddle
  • Bridge Pins: White Plastic
  • Bridge Pin Dots: Abalone
  • Bracing Pattern: Forward Shifted X Brace
  • Brace Shape: Scalloped
  • Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Top Inlay Material: Abalone w/ Multi-Stripe
  • Side Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
  • Back Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
  • Rosette: Abalone w/ Multi-Stripe

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
  • Neck Colour: Dark Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Low Profile
  • Neck Taper: Standard
  • Neck Finish: Gloss
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Abalone Style 45 Snowflake
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Scale Length: 25.4''


  • Hardware Colour: Gold
  • Tuning Machines: Open Gear
  • Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
  • Case: Molded Hardshell

Please note: Martin do not ship their guitars with the strap button installed on the bottom of the guitar. They do this to avoid any impact cracks that may occur during shipping. You can find your strap button inside the case compartment.