Best sounding Martin

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  1. Troubador

    Troubador TDPRI Member

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    I know this is subjective, but I just want opinions anyway. What is the best sounding Martin guitar, considering both low-end and high-end price-wise?
     
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    D18

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  3. Steerforth

    Steerforth Tele-Afflicted

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    Yep! That’s the answer. I play Gibson acoustics, but I do like a D18.
     
  4. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

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    I love D-18s, too. I bought a D-15m (hog-top dreadnought) in December that has a really sweet, loud voice, more focused on the fundamental than the spruce topped models. It sounds a little more midrangey and less sparkley, and I just love it. And it's got all the headroom I could hope for, never fretting out no matter how hard I hit a note. It amazes me what a good sound they've created from a mahogany-topped guitar.
     
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    This is SO easy! mine! 1993 D-1
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    Actually in my opinion you can't go wrong with a D-18. or the smaller body 000/00-18
    * Buf you gotta try 'em out!
     
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  6. Wayne Liska

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    D-35...
    Recently purchased after trying D-18, D-28 and D-35. Bottom end not boomy on the one that I settled on. The bound neck is really nice.
     
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  7. Cheap Trills

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    It really matters what sound you're going for. It's like asking "what's the best Fender?" . A d18 is going to sound a lot different than a 00 or a N
     
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    I sure haven't played a lot of them, so my opinion isn't based on vast experience. That said, of the 3 I owned and the additionals that I tried out, the D18 would probably fit most people the best, but my old D16 was my favorite to play and the one I still have.

    For reference:

    I owned a D18, the D16, and a 15M
    I've also played a few HD28's
     
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    Doesn't necessarily have to be a dread.
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    I do not have an informed opinion as to which model is the "best sounding." But I recognize this as a prime opportunity to post a photo of my 000-18. :D

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    Short answer: D-18.


    Backstory:
    I have an OM28V, love it, and until a few years ago, always wanted a HD28.

    But, because I'd never spent any time with a mahogany acoustic, I bought a D18GE instead. Figured I could always get the D28 later.

    It's been three years now, and there is no 'later'. Still playing the D18 almost daily, and I hardly play the OM anymore. I have no interest in a D28, now.

    Something about the bone dry, focused tone. Tremendous clarity that the 28s don't have, IME.
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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  13. studio1087

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    For me it’s a tie between my D28 and D15. I’ve been playing my 15 for 24 years and the D28 only 5.

    The 28 needs to bloom out just a bit to catch up.

    :cool:

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    An x(xx)-18 of some sort.

    I've got both a D-18 and a 000-18, just depends on my mood at the time.

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    00-18V is my go-to acoustic. Easy to play, easy to maneuver, love it.
     
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    I love my D-15. It's not real loud but it sure does sound sweet.
     
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    Those with Adirondack tops and scalloped braces. The presence or absence of popsicle stick isn’t going to make or break an adi topped Martin with braces scallopini.
     
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    For mes the 000-18
    When looking for mine, I spent a lot of time going back and forth on various Martins, Taylor’s and other higher end kit. I just kept coming back to the 000-18.
     
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    Yup. Like my OM-18 GE and my 000-18 GE :)

     
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    I saw something somewhere saying you play a rosewood guitar because it sounds best for the listener, but play mahogany because it sounds best to you.

     
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