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  • From Martin's 2021 Junior series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 24"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce or Sapele top
  • Solid Sapele back
  • Solid Sapele sides
  • Select Hardwood neck
  • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
  • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
  • Acoustic Dreadnought Junior Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
  • Weight between 3.9lbs (1.8kgs) and 4.05lbs (1.8kgs)
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  • From Martin's 2021 Junior series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 24"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce or Sapele top
  • Solid Sapele back
  • Solid Sapele sides
  • Select Hardwood neck
  • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
  • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
  • Acoustic Dreadnought Junior Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
  • Weight between 3.9lbs (1.8kgs) and 4.05lbs (1.8kgs)
  • Compare Specs >

Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 83
Sound 86
Build quality 74
Value for money 91
Overall Score 81
Tone Evaluation
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Martin DJr-10
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Mexico
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • Low-Quality Material Saddle
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Videos

The Martin Djr-10 at Maury’s Music
Martin DJR-10 Dreadnought Junior acoustic guitar demo in Stageshop
2019 Martin DJR (Dreadnought Junior) Jr-10 Series Rundown
2020- MARTIN DJR-10 GUITAR REVIEW IN SINGAPORE BY JARVIS WONG
Martin Dreadnought Jr ★ Detailed Guitar Review
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Price: is the Martin DJr-10 a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $750, which means that the Martin DJr-10 is around 33% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Mexico.

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Not all guitars are created equal, and there are many important things they won't tell you about the guitar you're buying. That's why it's important to have different opinions. Here's what our visitors who have played this guitar say. If you've played it before, help others by voting for your experience below.

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Is The Martin DJr-10 Easy to Play?

The Martin DJr-10 meets 5 out of our 9 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Martin DJr-10
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Wide nut
  • Soft Strings

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Martin DJr-10's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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How Lightweight is it?

We found that the Martin DJr-10 weighs between 3.9lbs (1.8kgs) and 4.05lbs (1.8kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the guitars they sell.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Martin DJr-10's 24" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Martin DJr-10 Scale Length Comparison
Martin DJr-10's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

There are advantages and disadvantages to a short scale length like this. This guitar will be very easy to play, especially if you have small hands because the frets will be close to each other. Also, since the distance between the bridge and nut is short, the strings will have less tension, so they'll be really easy to bend. However, this also means that you won't be able to lower the action (lower the saddles and get the strings closer to the fretboard) too much or you will get fret buzz since the strings will be a bit loose.

Also, short scales give less space for the harmonics to 'breath', so this ends up making the tone of the guitar sound more 'bassy' than a loger scale where there's more separation between harmonics, which gives the tone more chime.

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Neck Profile

Martin DJr-10 Neck Profile
Martin DJr-10's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Martin DJr-10 has a 16" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Martin DJr-10 Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Martin DJr-10's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This fretboard radius is really different than Stratocasters, but it's also a lot flatter than Les Paul fingerboards. It'll heavily favor soloing over playing chords. This doesn't mean you can't use it for chords, but it will be more comfortable to play chords without muting strings in a more curved fretboard. Bending and sliding without losing sustain will also be more likely in a flat fretboard like this one.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Martin DJr-10 has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

Martin DJr-10
This model
24'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.75'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
24'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.75'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
22.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Martin DJr-10 Nut Width
Martin DJr-10 Nut Width

The Martin DJr-10 has a nut width of 44.5mm (1.75''). This size is found mostly on Baritone or 7+ strings guitars since they need the extra space on the fretboard. It gives your fingers the extra space you need to play without muting accidentally, but this also makes bar chords harder to perform, so bear in mind that Baritone guitars aren't for every playing style.

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Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Martin DJr-10 Fret Size Comparison
Martin DJr-10's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Martin DJr-10's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 95
Chord Playability 65
Solo Playability 90
Playability 83

Does the Martin DJr-10 Sound Good? Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood Used in the Martin DJr-10

Spruce wood pattern used for guitar building
Spruce Top
Sapele wood pattern used for guitar building
Sapele Back, Sides
Hardwood wood pattern used for guitar building
Hardwood Neck
Richlite wood pattern used for guitar building
Richlite Fretboard

Spruce Top: This wood has a light color with tight grain patterns. It's very stiff but relatively light. It's known for producing a well-rounded tone with a broad dynamic range.

Sapele Back and Sides: It's similar to Mahogany in both color and tone. It can produce warm tones, and it's known for its beautiful figured grain patterns.

Hardwood Neck: This is just a generic hardwood that can come from many species. This type of wood is used to build guitars because it provides a rich, warm sound. The wood also has good structural properties, making it durable and long-lasting.

Richlite Fretboard: It's very similar to Ebony, but it is much cheaper to make. The main reason is that it is made from resin-infused paper. It is very durable and soft, so it's often used for fretboards and tops.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Fishman. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

Sound Score

Sustain 85
Versatility 90
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 86

How well is the Martin DJr-10 Built?

Where is the Martin DJr-10 Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Martin DJr-10 is made in Mexico. This is the country that some American brands choose for building really good, but cheaper guitars. You can expect a guitar that offers a good price-quality relationship, although they don't get the same quality control as the ones built in Japan or the United States.

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Bridge

FSC Certified Richlite: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Martin DJr-10 has a Corian nut. It's a synthetic nut made to be similar to Bone. It's easier to work with for the luthier when compared to Bone, but it's not as hard and doesn't have the same lubricating properties. Still, it's a good material for guitar nuts.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 72
Features 85
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 74

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Martin DJr-10 Specs

General
Brand: Martin
Year: 2021
Configuration:
Strings: 6
Made in: Mexico
Series: Junior
Colors: Natural
Left-Handed Version: Yes
Body
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Solid Spruce or Sapele
Bridge: FSC Certified Richlite
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Chrome Enclosed Gear
Fretboard: FSC Certified Richlite
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Decoration: Mother-of-Pearl Pattern MOP Pattern Dots- 28 Style Pattern
Scale Size: 24"
Shape: Acoustic Dreadnought Junior
Frets: 20 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 16"
Nut: Corian
Nut Width: 44.5mm (1.75'')
Electronics
Switch: Way
Knobs:
Volume Controls:
Tone Controls:
Bridge Pickup: Fishman (Preamp / Active)

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