Less than 20 years ago, good quality American-made acoustic guitars were still available at reasonable prices. Nowadays, everything priced under $1,200 is made in Mexico or somewhere overseas, so it can be hard to believe that modest, hard-working guitars were still made in America just a short while ago.
Introduced in 1995, the original Martin Road Series were proudly made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. These are stripped-down, bolt-on neck guitars with satin finishes, but they're still quality USA-made acoustic guitars. With solid Spruce tops and genuine rosewood fingerboards, the DM and the DM12 12-string were a good buy in their day, and in today's used market, they're still an exceptional value, especially when they include their hardshell case.
This 2004 Martin DM-12 has held up nicely over the years, and it's in excellent condition all around. It features the standard Solid Spruce top and laminate Mahogany back and sides, and it produces robust, warm, and complex 12-string tone. It shows some minor playwear in the expected areas (picking area, edges of the waist, and back of the neck), but it is very clean cosmetically with no scratches or dings worth mentioning. When you catch the finish at the right angle, the satin finish doesn't look as consistent, but that's not much to complain about. After all, this guitar was a built to be cost-effective, so it's understandable that the finish isn't as sharp. There is some minor fret wear, but nothing severe and plenty of life left. The setup is extremely playable, but the saddle is sitting on the low side.
Overall, this 2004 Martin DM-12 is a fantastic American-made 12-string with a lot to offer, especially considering the price. Original hardshell case included.