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Martin 17 Series DSS-17 Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic in Black Smoke

Vintage Slope Shoulder body made of solid Mahogany and Sitka Spruce

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Sam Beattie

The Martin DSS-17 Black Smoke boasts an unmistakably vintage, understated beauty. By opting for a slope-shoulder design, they've been able to further smoothen the curves of their legendary dreadnought formula without compromising sound. It’s warm, rich and full of detail, perfectly complemented by its sleek aesthetic.

Mahogany & Sitka Spruce

Solid tonewood is used throughout; Mahogany back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top. These highly resonant, durable woods have been carefully shaped to allow the perfect amount of vibration and projection. The resulting sound is familiar; bold with plenty of depth.

The slope-shoulder design (D-14), coupled with a tweaked low oval neck profile, makes for a wholly comfortable playing experience. Rosewood is used for the fretboard and bridge, and the picture is completed by a beautiful satin black finish, Ivoroid scratchplate and Golden Age Relic Nickel tuners. This is classic Martin, but with a few tricks up its sleeve.

Here’s what Martin say about the DSS-17:

The DSS-17 Black Smoke slope-shoulder is striking yet understated with its satin black smoke finish offset with mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlay, antique white binding, and ivoroid pickguard. The rosewood fingerboard and bridge pop against the rich black satin finish. It is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides for a warm, comforting tone. The Dreadnought size adds depth and volume, while the slope-shoulder and modified low oval neck with high-performance taper make this guitar easy and comfortable to play.


  • Body Size: D-14 Fret Slope Shoulder
  • Finish Top: Satin
  • Construction: Simple Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Back & Side Finish: Satin
  • Binding: Antique White
  • Pickguard: Ivoroid
  • Bracing Pattern: X Brace
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Brace Shape: Scalloped
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1 3/4''
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Top Material: Sitka Spruce
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Back Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Taper: High Performance Taper
  • Side Material: Mahogany
  • Tuning Machines: Golden Age Relic Nickel
  • Electronics: None
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