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What we have here is arguably the best sounding sub-£1,000 travel-sized acoustic on the market. We adore the Taylor GS Mini but this small-bodied dreadnought from the House of Martin is simply astounding for the price. The Martin Dreadnought Junior is about the same length as the GS Mini but its body is wider and a little deeper. However, because the Martin’s soft nylon gig bag isn’t as padded and bulky as the Taylor’s, it takes up about the same amount of space which means you shouldn’t have any hassle taking it into the cabins of most airlines.


The Dreadnought Junior is equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top and, get this, solid Sapele back and sides (most other travel guitars use laminated back and sides). It also comes standard with a Fishman Sonitone pickup with volume and tone controls neatly tucked away inside the sound hole. The Dreadnought Junior comes in a hand-rubbed natural oil finish which will darken beautifully with age. It sits perfectly in the lap and is simply brilliant for smaller players who might find a full-sized dreadnought a little too cumbersome.


Soundwise, this particular traveller has very few peers. Its tone is resonant, warm, deep, loud and bright, pretty much all at the same time. It shares all the hallmarks of its larger stablemates and excels in all disciplines, whether it’s loud strumming, finger picking or soft thumb-based playing. Indeed, we’d go so far as to say it almost sounded as refined as our prized Santa Cruz. And that’s saying something. Also, after much research, we've found two string brands that really suit this guitar: D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Light and, better still, Martin Retro Light. So, if you’re in the market for a top-quality, solid-bodied electro travel-sized acoustic that sounds big and bountiful without breaking the bank then step right this way. We guarantee you will not be disappointed. Top dollar in every respect.


Martin Dreadnought Junior