I bought this guitar used, in a music store in Oklahoma City, as a 15-year-old boy who had $165 to his name! The owner gave me a choice between this one and an older D-28, and of course I chose this one -- it was shinier and newer looking, and sounded brighter. I never regretted spending what was my total savings on this guitar, I've taken it on train trips and to Boy Scout camp, and it still sounds bright and bold.
Model Year: 1963
Where Obtained: Local store
Made in USA -- back and sides Honduras mahogany, top spruce with scalloped braces, fingerboard and bridge rosewood -- enclosed tuning mechanisms made by Martin are similar to Nationals used on other guitars, these could have been better ones.
Outstanding action with light strings, both flat pick and fingers -- easy to play all the way up the neck. Note: these guitars do not have adjustable truss rods, Martin did not use them until much later, they have T-shaped metal rods that run the length of the neck under the fingerboard. I had to have the neck re-set just a few years after I bought it, but it has been perfect since then.
Brilliant tone, especially mid range and high; convincing bass notes even though they do not have the ovetones of a rosewood guitar. This is the ultimate bluegrass guitar (I played in such a band for a few years) and an amazing instrument for folk-rock too. It blended well with my young man's voice, but my more mature voice is better suited to the rosewood sound of my HD-28.
The neck was out of shape only three or four years after I bought the guitar, and I had to have it re-set at the factory (that was in 1966 or 1967). Nothing else about the guitar is mechanically weak at all, it is a good representation of Martin quality and work ethic.
Martin has a great repatation and I wasn't disappointed
Model Year: 1976
Where Obtained: martin
Very little change in the climates. excellent for hours of play
This guitar is great. I would probably stay with a D18 since the D28 and up were not as crisp in tone. They just feel heavier. Would I go to something else as my primary guitar? Who knows? There are so many great guitars out there to choose from! I've played guitars that are golden and that you would die for but they've already been bought up by somebody else. I've had this guitar 32 years now, longer than any man I've ever been with and I can't imagine not having it.
Model Year: 1969
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: A little music store in Bethlehem, PA
This guitar was made down the road in Nazareth, PA.
Some of the frets are grooved down a little with pressure of the strings over the years, particularly 1-5. Other than that, it plays well all the way up the neck, the action is great but now and then I get a little ping on the first string but it's not bad.
I play mostly blues, and eclectic originals...country blues. Because of the low action I don't use a slide on this guitar. I have a Gibson with action suitable for slide and the tone on the Gibson is funkier so the Martin is when you want that crisp, concert, perfect sound.
I played this guitar on stage for over 10 years and it never let me down. It has been in the trunk of a car overnight in 15 degree weather. Actually, that cracked the finish and opened up the tone. I would recommend challenging your acoustic guitars. Let it resonate even when you're not playing by placing it in front of a large speaker. Let the sun shine on it to darken up the wood. Don't be too careful with it. Use it and play it. It can only get better!
It was an awesome present I got for this last Christmas. It is an excellent guitar that I would recommend to anybody who has a real genuine interest in playing the guitar and the accoustic one. I may get other guitars, but I'm keeping this one until they lay me under. I would say the only drawback to this guitar is that it has a very high pricetag. But it is a worthwhile investment. This is a guitar you'll want to keep all your years and that you'll treasure every minute of playing it.
I get great action on my guitar. I noticed I was able to play better than on my other one (which I do not know the make and model of). In fact, I noticed I was able to do a good F chord right from the start, something I have not been able to do on my other on.
This guitar has awesome sound. The notes ring with a rich tone that resonates very nicely and beautifully. It is mustly suited for the more country and bluegrass styles, but I'm sure it could adapt to other styles very nicely. It definately has a better sound than any guitar I have dealt with up to this point. It is definately a guitar that would be great for the stage and studio, I have heard that professionals even use it for recording and stage playing.
I have had a variety of Gibson's, Ovations etc.. over the years and have to say thisa is the sweetest sounding of them all.
Model Year: 1950
Price: $1800.00 Canadian
Where Obtained: Private purchase
Mahogany neck ,back and sides. Rosewood fretboard.
I do not take this out of my home.