Martin Guitar: The Dreadnought
The "Dreadnought" body style was developed by C.F. Martin & Company, and has since been copied by other guitar manufacturers. The Dreadnought style was originally manufactured by Martin for the Oliver Ditson Company. In 1931, Martin began producing Dreadnought guitars carrying the Martin name. The first two models were the D-1 and D-2.
The dreadnought guitar body is large and loud. When the dreadnought was created, the word 'dreadnought' referred to a large battleship. The Dreadnought has distinctive square shoulders and bottom. The neck is usually attached to the body at the 14th fret.
Martin Dreadnought model numbers consist of "D-" followed by a number, such as "D-28" and "D-18."
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