I am looking to buy my first acoustic guitar with a budget between $1,000 to $1,500. I've been playing electric and decided I'm hooked.

I've looked at the Martin line in their catalog and played a few in the local guitar stores. Nice sounding, but expensive.

There is a Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought that everyone advertises for $999, regular $1,379. I'm trying to figure out the deal with this guitar. It's not in the Martin catalog. All store reviews say this is the greatest thing out there. I'm skeptical of store reviews, and downright don't believe deals that are too good to be true, especially when everyone has the same deal!

Why would a Martin guitar be heavily advertised but not show up in their catalog? Is it just a discontinued model or is it one of those "special" cheaply made models sold through discount brokers as a loss leader?

Naturally I want to get the best I can for my money. I don't want to spend it on something not as good as I think it is.

Thanks for your help!