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Martin 000-15M

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by nobis17, Apr 10, 2021.

  1. nobis17

    nobis17 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    So I don't own an acoustic...yet.

    I'm a bass player, but I play my tele regularly. I've been thinking about getting an acoustic so I can play on the back porch (and learn a glut of Jethro Tull songs). I went to GC today because I had time to kill and I played a Martin 000-15M. I haven't had an "Ahh-ha" moment for a guitar since I first held an EBMM Stingray special. Well, I felt it again today. I was totally blown away. I must own it....
     
  2. burntfrijoles

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    If it felt that good then go for it!
     
  3. Piggy Stu

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    Best reason to buy a guitar when you have no choice
     
  4. 985plowboy

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    Nice guitar
    I was seriously considering the slot head 12 fret version.
     
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    When I first had the $$ to buy an acoustic, I tried dozens over several trips to my local GC. I even tried a few spendier models to compare (J-45, D-18, and 000-15M). The 000-15M was by far my favorite, but I couldn't afford it (I ended up with a Martin DSR, which is a budget USA made GC exclusive D-28). This was 2012. When Reverb came to exist I put the 000-15M on my following list. When a used model popped up for $800 (by far the best deal I have ever gotten on just about anything), I jumped on it. It is the perfect size for sitting on the couch or back porch.
     
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  6. etype

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    I've heard it is a great option...until you have to restring it.
     
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  7. 985plowboy

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    I owned a slot head once before and it’s definitely a different technique, but not that bad once you get the hang of it. I only change strings a couple times a year so it’s a nonissue
     
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    There is a current thread about all mahogany guitars running on the forum - they have a slightly different voice than spruce tops - I like both. As far as restringing a slot head, there are some tricks but its only slightly more difficult than a paddle head. Most of my guitars are slots, even one of my twelve strings.
     
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  9. Wallaby

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    Sounds like you have a guitar to bring home :D
     
  10. lathoto

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    That's a really nice guitar that you will enjoy.
     
  11. El Serio

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    I've always wanted a mahogany 000. Nice to hear that one was special.
     
  12. Dukex

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    I would definitely go for it. The 15 series are great guitars, not too pricey, and like you said, you were "blown away" with that particular guitar. I bet you can get 10% off the price.
     
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    I’m trying not to GAS with the 000-15sm. I already have a 000-18, which really is all the acoustic I could possibly need.

    Still…
     
  14. jonnyfez

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    I have an 000-15. You won't regret that purchase.
     
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    I have the D-15M.

    Love it. B809FA55-7B65-4744-96D5-65286A9FDA6F.jpeg
     
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    If I wasn't desperate for a tele right now a good acoustic is what I would be after. Probably a 000 size, but maybe smaller but also maybe a dreadnought haha. I have a Guild DV62 which sounds wonderful but it needs work, is hard to play, and the nut width is just a bit too slim for me. So it would be a wiser decision to buy something that played smoother for me. I will never sell my Guild though as it was passed down.

    As far as the 000-15 goes, congratulations. I have played one before and the one I played, played like butter. So, it would be one I'd consider if hunting based on, playability, sound, look, and price compared to other Martins.
     
  17. GGardner

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    When you have that Ah-ha moment, you have to act. Take it from me. I'm still kicking myself for not buying a used Guild dreadnaught (might have been a D-55) in the early 90s that played and sounded dreamy. I couldn't stop thinking about it and called the shop the next day, but they said it was sold. I have trouble finding acoustics that I like.
     
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    Nice guitars. I have a 0-15M. I would recommend trying a 000-18 to see which scale length you prefer. I prefer the shorter scale length (24.9") of the 18 series vs. the 25.5" of the 15 series.
     
  19. toomuchfun

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    I'll encourage your purchase, it's a great choice for a porch guitar.

    I understand Boreas ^^ comment on scale length, but with a long scale you can tune down to D and get a real rumble going. A Mahogany top isn't as complex sounding as spruce to me but that wonderful mellow tone is a keeper.

    Here's your little brother, my 2012 0-15M.
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  20. El Marin

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    IS better to get it and if you change your mind, selling, than be all your life remembering that guitar that was so impressing.
     
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