Martin D-42 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

  • Item # 1421004
  • Model # 10Y18D42

One of the rarest examples of the Martin “pre-war” dreadnoughts is the D-42. The only one in existence is the custom model made in 1934 for Tex Fletcher. The guitar featured a style-42 pearl top inlay… Learn More


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Classic model redefined with modern refinements to give today's player vintage tone in a guitar that feels familiar and comfortable.

One of the rarest examples of the Martin “pre-war” dreadnoughts is the D-42. The only one in existence is the custom model made in 1934 for Tex Fletcher. The guitar featured a style-42 pearl top inlay pattern, “Tex Fletcher” inlayed on the fingerboard, and the vintage forward-shifted scalloped X bracing pattern. Unlike the first D-45 made for Gene Autry, this guitar had incorporated Martin’s 14-fret neck found on their 1930 orchestra model OM-28. Golden Era ToneThe sound engine of the “pre-war” vintage Martin D-42s was the forward-shifted, scalloped X bracing pattern. Found on Martin’s dreadnought guitars from 1931 to 1939, these dreadnought acoustic guitars are arguably the most prized, sought-after guitars in the world.Martin dreadnoughts, such as the D-18, D-28, D-42 and D-45 had a forwarded-shifted, scalloped X-bracing pattern. This “Golden Era” bracing pattern gave the Martin dreadnought guitars a unique and identifiable tone. Highly valued for the clarity on the high end, and a punchy, defined bass, musicians and collectors soon realized that these instruments were unique and extremely collectible. No other acoustic guitar had the Martin tone, and as a result, everyone wanted one. Vintage Tone Meets Modern PlayabilityToday, you can get that vintage tone of the 1930s combined with the playability of a modern guitar. Martin has returned to the vintage forward-shifted scalloped X-bracing pattern in this D-42 Standard Dreadnought acoustic guitar to give it what many consider the most treasured sound in acoustic guitars. And to accompany the improved sound, the playability has been dramatically improved.This D-42 Standard's neck has been upgraded to feature a modern, modified low-oval neck, with a Performing Artist taper and 1-3/4” nut. The wider string spacing and comfortable neck profile allow a player to move up and down the neck with ease. The D-42 Standard Dreadnought has been “reimagined” to sound vintage and to play effortlessly. Other AppointmentsAlong with an amazing sound and feel, Martin's D-42 Standard Dreadnought features a solid premium Sitka spruce top, premium solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, pearl top inlay, style-45 Snowflake fingerboard inlays, ebony bridge and fingerboard, hand-fit dovetail neck joint, Nitrocellulose lacquer, antique white binding, aging toner option, and bone nut and saddle. Includes a hardshell case. Rediscover the D-42. Order yours now.


  • Style-45 pearl top inlays
  • Antique white binding
  • Aging toner (and two other finish options)
  • Vintage forward-shifted 5/16"
  • Scalloped X-bracing pattern
  • Style-45 snowflake pearl fingerboard inlays

Technical Specification

Martin D-42 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar


  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: East Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: 5/6" forward-shifted, scalloped X bracing
  • Body finish: All-gloss nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed


  • Neck shape: Modern low oval/Performance Artist taper C
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.4 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin


  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Brand: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable


  • Headstock overlay: East Indian rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Open geared
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle and nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features:
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States