Dreadnought

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  May 3, 2022

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The “Dreadnought” is a type of acoustic guitar body developed by guitar manufacturer C.F. Martin & Company. The Dreadnought style has since been copied by other guitar manufacturers and is now a common style of guitar body. The dreadnought guitar body is larger than most other guitars that existed at the time of its creation, and thus results in a bolder and often louder tone. In 1916 the word ‘dreadnought’ referred to a large, all big-gun modern battleship of the type inaugurated by in 1906. The distinctive marks of a Dreadnought guitar are square shoulders and bottom. The neck is usually attached to the body at the 14th fret. Martin Dreadnought guitars are also known as “D-size” guitars, or, colloquially among musicians, as “dreads.” Martin Dreadnought guitars have model numbers consisting of “D-” followed by a number, such as “D-18” and “D-45”.

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