Martin Road Series D-12E review

This Martin dreadnought is streets ahead with its solid-wood build and Fishman MX-T pickup and preamp

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Guitar World Verdict

At $1,099 street, the Road Series makes Martin feel and pro-quality tone a little more accessible.


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    Fishman MX-T offers a transparent plugged-in tone.

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    Immaculate solid-wood top, back and sides.

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    Performing Artist neck profile should be a crowd-pleaser.


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    Richlite fingerboard might upset the cork sniffers.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.