There are probably better choices out there, particularly in the $400 range.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: dealer
Underneath the spruce top and rosewood sides, it's pine plywood. Cheaply made.
Neck is bolt-on w/a small piece of mahogany wood, presumably to buffer the neck from the soft pine.
Action is high, frets are not well set. Hard to play, even accounting for the small size.
Considering the small size, can't complain about the sound much.
Worst feature is durability. This thing can break if you sneeze...weird for a "travel" guitar.
In case you havn't been able to tell, I'm not a Martin fan...I have yet to find ONE...ONE Martin that I like to play on. Everytime I find a Taylor, I wish I had the money to buy yet another guitar.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: this is just a review
As a Taylor, it's of good quality. So far I have yet to find one with a pick up on it.
Plays just like a Taylor. Allthough it is a bit ocward to play sometimes beings it's so small compared to a full sized guitar.
OOOO YEAH!!! Look out Martin! No more backpacks!!!
This thing plays loud for a small thing. I'd say that it comes real close to a Taylor 312-ce; and many martins that I've played.
Be careful with this one. It's small and needs to be treated with care...although, all guitars should be treated well.