Martin DJR-10 Dreadnought Junior Acoustic, Spruce
Martin guitars have a unique, piano-like tone revered by musicians and music lovers all over the world. The build quality and materials employed in the construction greatly contribute to the complexity and richness of the tone. Over time the company has found ways to offer the “Martin sound” and feel for a lesser price and accommodate the entry-level and intermediate player. Each series has a typical player and function in mind. This is accomplished by stripping down the features and cosmetics featured on Re-Imagined Standard series models, leaving the essential Martin guitar and giving you the classic and characteristic tone revered around the world.
The bracing pattern perfected by Martin and adopted throughout the industry was the famous X bracing. X bracing is characterised by a certain complexity of tone and delivers the strong, piano-like sound that helped define the steel-strung guitar in 20th-century music and still does today.
The Martin Junior is a smaller guitar. The scale length is ⅞ of a standard scale length with 14 frets clear of the body. Martin Junior models have a 24-inch scale length. The Dreadnought shape is also to scale.
The top of this DJR-10 is solid sitka spruce. Sitka spruce is the most common sprucewood in use today. Sitka is good for volume and will age nicely over the first four or five years of the guitar’s life, improving with time.
Travel guitars arrived during the nineties and have never left. The idea of a compact, scaled-down instrument with a shorter scale length really embedded itself as a must-have item for guitar players. As well as being ideal for taking on holiday, many people like to have them as ‘sofa’ guitars, something lightweight and playable to strum in your downtime.
The nut width is a broad 1 and ¾ inches, allowing a little more space for fingering and picking. A 1 and ¾ nut width is important for fingerpickers who may prefer the wider string spacing for playing what are called rest strokes. The neck is a specific Junior neck with a high-performance taper.
This guitar also comes supplied with a durable and water-resistant gig bag with headstock, bridge, and endpin protectors to ensure that this guitar can be kept safe and dry whilst travelling.
A good value guitar (especially for Martin). All solid wood, short scale and comfortable nut width and string spacing. Lightly built with good response. Excellent Richlite fingerboard, nut cut perfectly, frets immaculate. Body size I would estimate is in the 00 ball park although a different shape. Even response, so good for fingerpicking. The only con is the fact that I didn't like the Martin Retro strings so replaced them with Elixirs.