Martin 15 Series 000-15SM
Martin Guitars have been holding strong as some of the finest instruments known to man for over 150 years. That’s a nice commitment to quality if you ask me, a testament to beauty.
When I look for a guitar I look for a wood that speaks to me. I like to see grain and it is hopefully dark. Something about it just makes me think of vintage. I also look for body style. Everybody has their own preferences.
The Martin 15 series 000-15SM is a guitar I can imagine somebody like Robert Johnson jumping onto the back of an old locomotive with. Small, genuine, solid, and with a slotted headstock.
The list price of this guitar is USD $ 1849.00. No small fee, but with the all mahogany construction of this 12/20 fret 000-size acoustic guitar, it’s probably fitting.
Word has it that Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids, a couple of folk stars out of LA, chooses this as his favorite guitar. My only question to you is would you play this finger picking or with a plastic pick?
Construction: Ply Blocks/Simple Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000 12-Fret
Top: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Rosette: Single Ring
Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame ''X''
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Back Purfling: none
Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Endpiece Inlay: none
Top Inlay Style: none
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Slotted/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Material: Morado
Scale Length: 25.4''
Number of Frets Clear: 12
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares - Short Pattern
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Satin
Finish Top: Satin
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Morado
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/4''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Ivoroid Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Bridge & End Pins: Solid Black Ebony
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: 331 Hardshell
Interior Label: none
Other Options: Available left-handed at no additional charge