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Why You Need A (Modified) Dreadnought (Take 2!)

Much as we love the comfortable, nearly effortless experience of playing a parlor guitar, sometimes you just need raw, dynamic power. And for that, nothing beats a dreadnought!

Let's check out the incredible selection of large-bodied guitars we have in stock now, from classic dreads to Mod-Ds and other wide and deep guitars.

The traditional Martin dread has served flatpickers well for decades. Now, players get to choose from a staggering selection of handcrafted boutique D-18s and D-28s that rival the best of the Golden Era Martins. Right now, we have dreads from JC Baxendale, John Slobod of Circa, McNally, and Thomas Fredholm that would be right at home in any hard-driving bluegrass band.

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For fingerstylists who want a large-bodied guitar a little more tailored to their needs, Ervin Somogyi stepped up with his Modified Dreadnought. Since then, many modern luthiers, like Ray Kraut, Karan Singh of Bigfoot, Max Spohn and Hiro Ebata, have crafted their own Mod-Ds, each with their own distinctive tone and look.

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A dread by any other name would be just as powerful...

These guitars may not come up if you search "dreadnought" on our site, but in dimension, they stand nearly toe-to-toe with the guitars above.

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