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Old 01-16-2020, 06:08 PM
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Default Any Martin JR. owners here...

Have heard some nice things about them on the forum and have a few questions like: Do they actually sound like a Martin, and i'm guessing you must like the sound or you wouldn't have bought one? How is the neck/playability, and would you compare the sound anywhere in the ball park to upper end Martins? It's only $500! Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:58 PM
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I have the older Martin Junior 2 and I love it. Yes it sound like a Martin, but I wouldn’t compare it to a high end Martin. But I do think it sounds better than it’s retail price.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:26 PM
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I have the older Martin Junior 2 and I love it. Yes it sound like a Martin, but I wouldn’t compare it to a high end Martin. But I do think it sounds better than it’s retail price.
I have the same guitar and love mine. I couldn't have responded to the OP any better. They are such a bargain having all solid woods and 1/4" bracing. Maybe why they sound better than the usual $500 guitar?
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I too have an early sapele D JR. Paid $350 used.

I play regularly at lunch with a colleague who keeps a GS Mini as his “work guitar”. To my ears, the D JR vs the GS Mini is the typical Martin vs Taylor sound argument: The Martin sounds like a Martin; the Taylor, like a Taylor. You can hear the pedigree of each guitar as related to their larger and more expensive brethren.

I wouldn’t compare it to a guitar worth 10 times as much, but it travels, sounds and plays exceptionally well for what it is. Very happy with mine.
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I have an older Martin D Jr. Playability is excellent on mine and it sounds very good.

I will say I've played D-18s I didn't enjoy as much,..
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Thanks for the thoughts! I have a Yamaha FS800 for a couch beater, but am looking for a OM with better sound and will be looking at the JR. and some others trying to keep it below $1000 at the big box store.
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The first juniors got my vote. They do sound like a Martin dreadnought. All 5 of mine have that bass that defines the Martin dreadnought. The sustain is very good also. I love the first junior. You just can't go wrong with the guitar.🤗
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Old 01-17-2020, 12:14 AM
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The first juniors got my vote. They do sound like a Martin dreadnought. All 5 of mine have that bass that defines the Martin dreadnought. The sustain is very good also. I love the first junior. You just can't go wrong with the guitar.🤗
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Old 01-17-2020, 02:45 AM
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I have a Dread Junior 2 (all Sapele). It has a nice warm tone. It’s a great guitar for its price. Its Richlite fretboard n bridge makes it look new and I think it will last longer than ebony or rosewood fretboard and bridges.
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I just traded in my 2016 Martin D Junior and 2016 Taylor GS Mini-e Koa on another larger guitar. They were cute and sounded good but if I want a "comfortably-sized" guitar I just play my Taylor 322ce and get a really fine tone along with better playing ease. About the only real use I can see for a small guitar like the D Junior or GS Mini is for airline travel. The rest of the time mine just sat in their gig bags at home while I played my other guitars.
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Thanks for the thoughts! I have a Yamaha FS800 for a couch beater, but am looking for a OM with better sound and will be looking at the JR. and some others trying to keep it below $1000 at the big box store.
If you’re into the OM shape, Martin just released a 000-Jr too with the same/similar construction as the D-Jr. I think it will be a popular choice.
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Kitkatjoe - Have to ask, why 5?
When I saw that the original model was being changed, I bought four more. 😝
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If you’re into the OM shape, Martin just released a 000-Jr too with the same/similar construction as the D-Jr. I think it will be a popular choice.
I too have the Martin Jr D, its a fantastic guitar. Also I have the 000Cjr-10E,
a little smaller and it gets the same love.
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I travel with my older DJr-2, quite often.

Sounds like a Martin should, in my opinion. Love the bass, overall tone, and wider nut width. SO comfortable to play, and sounds fantastic.
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Old 01-17-2020, 08:22 AM
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The Martin JR series is pretty sweet. The stock strings dont do them justice though.. You will be hard pressed to find a guitar that size that sounds so big especially at the bottom end. I sold my GS Mini when I bought the revamped Dread JR.

At that price point I have an Eastman e1om that I also use as a travel guitar. Its a shorter scale full size OM and its AMAZING! I cant believe it only cost me 500$.
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