I may have found my Martin

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by rebelwoclue, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    Tomorrow I'm going to look at a D15 Classic (Custom) with the Sitka top. Of course, the seller says it's a cannon.
    I've been on the watch for a Martin that I don't have to take out a mortgage on and this may be the one!
    Wish me luck!
     
  2. Woollymonster

    Woollymonster Tele-Meister

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    Good luck! Everyone needs a good Martin. And most of them are very good.

    Hope it works out for you. Here is the one I bought last year. CS 21-11. It was a distressed sale or I could have never afforded it. I pays to keep your eyes open I guess.

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  3. rebelwoclue

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    What a beauty! Yep, it pays to wait and watch for an opportunity and that one is definitely not your everyday acoustic. Nice!
     
  4. Coop47

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    I found mine a few years ago, but just couldn't justify the cost. Fantastic guitar. Good luck!
     
  5. zombywoof

    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    I assume you are talking about the mahogany body version.

    While not everybody needs a Martin (although my first guitar was a freebie Martin archtop I have managed to get by the next 50+ years without one) these are nice no frills guitars and very affordable. The sounds like a cannon thing as always is a hoot. The new "it plays like buttah" cliché.
     
  6. rebelwoclue

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    I've managed quite well too but I picked it up last night. :)
    Yeah, this is the D15 Custom though- not the D15M. It has mahogany sides and back but the top is Sitka spruce instead of mahogany and has a tortoise shell top binding. The mahogany neck is surprisingly thin- almost like a strat. No shiny lacquer- plain top. It sounds like a Martin - good tone and it is loud. It just needs new strings as the set that are on it are rusty. It hasn't been played for a long time.:D
    I'll post a pic soon.
     
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  7. Flyboy

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    Hhmmmm..... Martin. Not got one - yet!

    I worked in a music shop for a short while in the '90s and the shops stocked a small range of Martins. I must admit that none of them did anything for me back then (I am a Lowden guy) bar s/h D28HV we took on a trade.

    A couple of years back I decided to go hunt for one. I was in a shop with a pro guitarist I know and we were talking about Martins and how I was maybe in teh market for one. I tried a few but nothing really jumped out at me bar a D45 which was out of my price bracket. Then I spotted an immaculate Guild D55 and this thing spoke to me in a big way. Flogged a 335 I hadn't bonded with and within a few days I walked out with the Guild.

    I'd still love a Martin one day. Good luck with yours, mate.
     
  8. duceditor

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    Took me 40 years to get a Martin. Played this one, tried that one. Price, of course, was an issue, along with my own fussiness. Then I happened upon this one. The laser burned wood plate inside simply says "Custom" but was sold as an "MMV" -- i.e., "2005" - the year it was introduced.

    The MMV is not found in any normal Martin catalog but was, from what I have read, especially made for a couple of major retailers such as MF.

    Back when mine was made the specs were: Solid spruce top, solid east indian rosewood sides and back, mahogany neck with an ebony board, D1 A-Frame bracing and a mortise/tenon neck joint. (The later is the one aspect that is a turn off to some Martin freaks.)

    Sound-wise many find it equal to a D-28. Indeed, some buyers have chosen a particular MMV simply as their favorite sounding guitar while trying a bunch in a shop irrespective of price. I'm personally not expert enough with acoustics to make such a claim for mine, but I love it and (as important to me) could afford it with just a bit of a stretch.

    I understand MF still sells a similar model but without the ever more pricey ebony (They use their synthetic board material instead -- quite good from what I understand) but now with the more classic Martin construction of a dove tail neck joint.

    Anyhow I rejoice to hear that another Tele aficionado has found the Martin of the dreams. Enjoy! Enjoy! :)

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    -don
     
  9. rockabilly96

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    As a budding acoustic aficionado, I must say that those Martin MMV acoustics play like a dream for their price range! I played one in GC not too long ago, and it was comparable to my buddy's HD28. The action was smooth, and the tone was rich and warm. In some ways, I kinda wish I would've gone with the MMV instead of my J45. The J45 is a whole other world of greatness though
     
  10. TeleKineses

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    I know how that goes. I found my Martin from a co-worker who agreed to sell me a like new Eric Clapton model for $1500.
     
  11. duceditor

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    That sounds like the deal of all deals! Congrats!!!

    -don
     
  12. rebelwoclue

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    Not one of the high-ends, but she sounds like one.

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  13. ASC67

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    Congrats on your Martin !

    I have a 2003 D-18 but have played many of the D-15 customs and MMV's and they are great guitars !!!
     
  14. Ted M

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    Don't have a pic, but I recently picked up a 1962 D-28 that had been under a bed for over 40 years. It had a crack near the pickguard and needed a neck reset. I just got it back from the luthier who did the repairs. It's amazing!

    It wasn't cheap, but I wound up paying about half of what these go for on ebay (i.e. about $2000), even with the repairs.

    Thanks to my wonderful wife for agreeing that I should get it!
     
  15. Linc Gray

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    Congrats on the Martin. Mine is a 00028EC, it's a sweet thing.
     
  16. rebelwoclue

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    Hi Don,
    They look like sisters!
    In fact all mine says inside is "Custom" as well. It's a 2005 and the original owner tells me its a D-15 Custom.
    Randy
     
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    Congrats on the new guitar. When Martin gets it right, it's as good as it gets.
     
  18. chezdeluxe

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    Well done on the Martin. You're bound to enjoy it.

    I got my 1989 000-28 in 1990 when I changed jobs after 22 years and had some decent severance pay. Half went to the usual domestic priorities and half to me.

    I have never regretted buying that guitar and 25 years later I swear it sounds better now.
     
  19. studio1087

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    Congratulations. Hard to believe that my own D-15 is 19 years old.

    Great guitars. Have fun growing older together.
     
  20. bowman

    bowman Friend of Leo's

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    Martins are nice guitars for sure. I have three, all different body sizes: HD16R-LSH, 000-15M, and 0000-28H. All great sounding, and all sound different from each other. Those, combined with all of my electrics, take up all of my playing time - otherwise I'd have even more acoustics! There are so many nice ones to be had. It's a disease, but I think I'm in remission for the moment.
     
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