Best Martin guitars: we rank the legendary acoustics of an industry icon

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As the inventors of X-bracing and the dreadnought body shape, C.F. Martin & Co is interwoven into the DNA of acoustic guitars as we know them today. So when you buy one of the best Martin guitars, you’re quite literally buying into a piece of guitar history. Few other brands come with such a storied heritage, making Martin’s some of the most sought-after six strings around.

In the 190-year history of Martin guitars they’ve made millions of acoustics, so picking the best one is a difficult task. Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the entirety of their vast range to present you with the best Martin acoustics for each particular use case, be it electro-acoustic, gigging, or the best for beginners.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player,, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or tweaking pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS