The Dreadnought Story

Among the great variety of instruments that Martin Guitar makes, it’s safe to say none has enjoyed more popularity than the Dreadnought or D-size guitar.

Currently regarded as the standard acoustic guitar, the Dreadnought once was viewed in less favorable light, primarily because it was so large in comparison to other guitars of the day.

However, when the Dreadnought made its way into the hands of country music performers, it found an appreciative audience - it was the perfect item for backing up vocals, fiddles, and banjos in lieu of a bass instrument.

Today the Dreadnought is ubiquitous and found in every style of acoustic music.

To learn the Dreadnought Story, click here.

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Acoustic Nation

Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to Parade.com (opens in new tab), Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (opens in new tab), she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.