My Martin is all mahogony with no finish -- i use d'addario lights phosphor bronze strings. i fell in love with this guitar a long time before i purchased it because of it's deep resonant quality, natural look, and very full, rich acoustic sound. i've been playing music since i was a kid. i started on piano then guitar. i'm a solo artist now but have played with other really amazing musicians off and on. my sound is folk fusion -- earthy, joni mitchell-ish, a bit of indigenous flavor here and there.
i bought this beautiful guitar in New Mexico about 5 years ago at Music Go Round in Albuquerque. I was lucky to find it and get it for $500.00 -- it was a steal. a friend of mine, a wonderful guitarist and bassist, spotted it and told me about it and i ran (actually drove) down there and grabbed it. yeah, i owe him one!
my guitar has the best acoustic sound of any guitar i've ever heard. the bass really comes out fully and the highs are clear and bright.
i have to really mess with the eq to get it to sound good plugged in. not that that's a bad thing -- but it took me a while to figure out how to get it to sound clear and bright thru the sound board.
the mahogony is so sweet you can almost kiss it -- ok, so i have kissed it -- geeesh. don't make fun of me. you would to, if your guitar was as good to you as mine is to me. beautiful fret board -- stays in tune great but only likes d'addario strings.
If you've ever put your hands on the deliciousness of a martin d-15, you probably fell under it's spell, too. Just gotta have one!
I've been playing guitar for over 30 years, took my first lesson at age 10. I play guitar and mandolin. Currently I play in a folk/bluegrass trio, and a four-piece rock band. I listen to all kinds of music.
A friend of mine owns this guitar. He bought it new from Guitar center for $849. He bought it after he heard my Martin HD28, and loved the sound!
I love this guitar! An all solid-wood Martin guitar for well under $1000? Wow! All mahogany, or sepele (which is similar to mahogany), nice tight chrome tuners, tusq saddle, corian nut, hardshell case. This guitar has a really nice, warm, dry tone. It plays nicely also, good action, and intonation. I'd recommend this guitar to anyone on a budget, or if you need a second guitar for jams, etc.
The satin finish is fragile, but if you're careful it shouldn't be a problem. No frills, lacks binding also.
Martin quality, great solid tone woods, well constructed. Nice fit and finish, a good value!
If you're looking for an all solid wood, American made guitar for under $1000, you can't go wrong with the Martin D-15!
Recently, I had the misfortune of buying a vintage 1967 Gibson J-45 which had a cracked head. The luthier did an excellent job with the repair, but it was left with a rather flat tone and minimal resonance.
Luckily, an independent music shop in Atlanta, GA was willing to take it off my hands for credit. That is when I saw the Martin D-15.
With the trade-in, I payed a mere $175 plus tax.
Likes: Solid mahogony body, with satin finish, with a simple herringbone ring around the center. It plays as well as my D-28, which I recently gave to my father for his birthday. The hard case was the kicker. Very well padded, green, & fuzzy. It fit inside quite snug.
Dislikes: The SP+ stings take a minute to break in, giving the unit a brassy sound.
And, all my friends want to play it.
Solid mahgony body, headstock, and solid head. Two piece back. Tortoise shell, teardrop pick guard. Herringbone rossette.
Satin finish. 20 frets. Silver tuning machines. Both fingerboard & side position dots. Lightweight. Happy.
Kudos to Martin for finally making "poor man's" guitars (priced under $1000) once again! This sentiment was expressed by the Martin rep, who coincidentally was at the shop while I was.
"Two thumbs up! Gladly would I give greater praise, would but that I possessed more thumbs." -Bill & Ted-