I serouisly considered a Gretch acoustic but in the end I trusted the Martin reputation and wasn't dissappointed. If something were to happen to this guitar I would not hesitate to buy another with no hesitation. For cryin' out loud; it's a Martin! Trust me on this one- there is a killer instrument. I bought it sight unseen and after playing it for 30 minutes I haven't looked back. You couldn't go wrong buying this guitar.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Made in US with laminated mahognay sides and back with a Sitka Spruce top. She's a full size 6 string dreadnaught with no techi stuff; totally acoustic with a satin finish and standard Martin tuning machines.
The action in totally perfict and very fast and easy to play. The neck at the nut is 1 11/16" and close but roomy. This guitar makes my Ovation pale when compared to the unplugged sound and attention to detail. Truly an no frills guitar with simple but beautiful looks and no flaws.
I use a Seymore Duncan "Woody" sound hole pickup and a Fender Squire amp and speakers for my small gigs. Country and folk rock are made for this rich, melow rhythem guitar and bluegrass flat picking would be incredable (if I could flat pick). When I compare the sound to my Ovation I hear a rich mellow base and clear ringing highs as opposed to the ringy more artificial tone of the Ovation. Actually it's the best sounding guitar I've ever played. Any stage or studio musician would be better off with this Martin.
Reliable? You've got to be kidding! She'll play you right into the gluegrass. I live in Costa Rica where we have 95% to 100% humidity so I keep it in a dehumidified storage room. Average humidity in storage is around 55% to 60% but the climate changes don't seem to bother it. I had to have a strap lock installed by a luthier and all is well when I rock out.
I can't say enough about this guitar, especially bang for the buck. It sounds like a $2000.00 guitar. It's strength is in rythm and open chords. Martin sure as hell knows what they're doing.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $699.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Spruce top, solid mahogany back, laminated mahagony sides, rosewood fretboard, etc. Natural finish.
Nice low action with no buzz, thanks to Martin's new neck configuration.
This is where this guitar shines, deep yet clear lows, open chords ring forever. From everything I've heard and everything I've read, you can't go wrong for the money, I've heard there's not much difference from a D-28. It even smells great. The highs might be the only slightest weakness (I said might be) for acoustic soloing, etc.
Stays in tune very well, haven't had to do a thing to it yet. I live in Michigan where the summers are hot and humid and the winters s*** so I definitely humidify it during the winter. One thing that I've noticed, it came with Martin SP strings and I definitely think it sounds better with the phosphor bronze which are lesser priced.
Easy to play with rich sound. Low cost entry to world of Martin with quality materials. Would replace it with the same model
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: private seller
Beautiful US made spruce top, mahogany back classic dreadnaught.
Seems durable enough for amature use, holds tune well.