Product Review: Martin Guitar Acoustic D JR



As a guitar teacher, I was excited at the opportunity to review the Martin Acoustic D JR. Straight out of the box it was in tune, the setup was nice, and I found it very easy and comfortable to play sitting down to just relax or playing in a small setting – possibly the most comfortable acoustic I’ve ever played.  

I’ve been practicing some tricky fingerpicking patterns recently and have tested them out on various acoustics, including a full-sized Martin dreadnought. I tried them on the D JR and found this guitar the best by far. I could do pull-offs, hammer-ons, bends, and slides with ease, too. The D JR is ideal for beginner players as well as experienced players as the smaller shape would work for children as the body is not too big and is great for smaller hands. It also makes for a really good travel guitar.  

As for tone, it has that lovely Martin tone you would expect, and it has a slightly more punchy, mid-range with some nice deep, rich low ends like you would expect to find on a full-sized guitar. The tone of this junior is better than most full-sized acoustics. The volume is great too, better than you would expect!  


Can I keep it, please?   


Body Shape: Dreadnought Junior 

Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce 

Back & Sides: Solid Sapele 

Binding: Black Boltaron 

Neck Wood: Select Hardwood 

Neck Shape: Dreadnought Junior Profile 

Fingerboard: Black Richlite 

Fingerboard Inlay: White Boltaron Dots 

Number of Frets: 20 

Scale Length: 24″ 

Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons 

Bridge Material: Black Richlite 

Nut/Saddle Material: White Corian/Tusq 

Nut Width: 1.75″ 

Case Included: Gig Bag 

Body Length: 18.2″ 

Body Width: 14.2″ 

Body Depth: 4.37″ 

Overall Length: 37.6″ 

$699.00 (MSRP)
$499.00 (MAP) 


Sasha Vallely

Sasha Vallely has been performing across the globe for over a decade with bands such as Sash The Bash, Midnight Larks, Spindrift and The Warlocks, she has guested with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, members of QOTSA, The Hives, Portishead, Massive Attack, Cat Power, Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, The Seeds, The Blacks Angels and Jello Biafra along with many others. She has composed independent film scores and feature films such as El Gringo starring Christian Slater, directed music videos and produced and starred in the documentary Spindrift, Ghost of The West.


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