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Martin 17 Series DSS-17 Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic in Whiskey Sunset

Vintage Slope Shoulder body made of solid Mahogany and Sitka Spruce

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Sam Beattie

The Martin DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset boasts an unmistakably vintage, luxurious 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 vibrant 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, faux Tortoise 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 Whiskey Sunset Dreadnought slope-shoulder model boasts a rich, warm sunburst finish that will delight any player with its aesthetic beauty. It is skilfully crafted from a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides with antique white binding. It features a modified low oval neck with a high-performance taper for added comfort and includes a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, scalloped bracing, and an old-style script logo on the headstock. The DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset produces beautiful, dynamic tones that will please the most discerning musician.


  • Body Size: D-14 Fret Slope Shoulder
  • Finish Top: Satin
  • Construction: Simple Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Back & Side Finish: Satin
  • Binding: Antique White
  • Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
  • 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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