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The Martin 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar with Case improves on a previous model known as the 000-15S. The 000-15SM shares the same all-mahogany body with ...Read More

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An instant classic with 12-fret body style and special blend of tonewoods.

The Martin 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar with Case improves on a previous model known as the 000-15S. The 000-15SM shares the same all-mahogany body with slotted headstock as its predecessor but now comes with a morado fingerboard and bridge, real rosette, improved fretboard inlays, and nickel tuners with butterbean nobs. This small-bodied guitar harkens back to an earlier time before the invasion of the dreadnought. It features a 12-fret body design that offers up plenty of woody tone and volume, in spite of its compact size. This is a great guitar for fingerpickers or anyone looking to acquire an instant classic. Includes case.

FEATURES Body
  • Body type: 000 12-Fret
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Back & sides: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: A-Frame ''X''
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.5mm)
  • Fingerboard: Morado
  • Neck wood: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Brand: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Nickel Open-Geared with Ivoroid Buttons
  • Bridge: Morado
  • Saddle & nut: Compensated Bone/Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Tonewoods
  • Case: Hardshell
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: United States

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Martin15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Good feel (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (8)
  • Jamming (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

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5.0

00015SM

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from Baltimore

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

    I just stared playing publicly over the last couple of years. If you follow me you'll see I have bought lots and lots of guitars. Usually pretty high end Martins and Taylor's. Of all the guitars I have bought this is the one that has stayed with my. It stays by the door so when I leave I can grab it. This is the one that gets the most comments. This is the one that when played by friends they start making offers.
    I put an L.R Baggs pick up in it and so it sounds awesome. It stays in tune better than any other insterment I have owned. I love this concept and design.
    I had bought it as a second guitar but it really has worked its way to the top over instruments twice its price.

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    5.0

    Wonderful Example of Quality +Excellence

    By 

    from Washington D.C.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

      Best guitar I've ever played. Perfect for finger picking.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb!

      By 

      from Eureka Springs, AR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

          Right out of the box I knew that this was what would fit the acoustic blues and ragtime genre. The overtones and undertones sing like distant bells, just apparent enough to add spice to the overall voice of the guitar without overwhelming the phrasing. The looks may be understated but... as the old adage goes, "Why gild a lily?". All in all it is more than I had hoped for or expected. I highly recommend this guitar for those that play music that requires a distinction of voices throughout the range. It is a fingerpickers dream.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great little guitar

          By 

          from Phoenix

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

              Have had this guitar for a few days.

              First impressions:

              It is very well set up out of the box. Intonation and action require no adjustment (stock strings, standard tuning).

              Very, very good sustain and harmonics.

              It is a very basic-looking instrument, but upon closer inspection you realize why it's a Martin and why it's not cheap. Minor details: bone bridge and nut; tuning stability; real materials (even the strap peg is ebony).

              The guitar has good volume, but is much quieter than a dreadnought. If you play by yourself, this is fine. If you play with a group, you may need to consider a pickup.

              The neck has a similar feel to a Traditional Les Paul (1950's-style C).

              Smells wonderful.

              Nice case.

              I've always played electrics and am lucky enough to have four very nice American-made instruments. I feel embarassed to admit that this is my first acoustic guitar. It is so simple, it makes me see my electrics differently and I suspect this will help me become a better player. The bonus of an American-made instrument is that it supports American workers, and will hold its value (if not appreciate with time). It's a good investment. I am confident this little Martin will get better with age.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Guitar & Equal Service

              By 

              from union, nj

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Playability Is Great
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

              amazing playability on an instrument that can be handed down to future generations...that's the beauty of owning a martin guitar!

              Comment on this review

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wow.

              By 

              from Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

                I've been trying to play guitar for years. I am a 52 year-old professional bassist and have the idea down, but the strings are farther apart on a bass and I have very large hands.

                So for me, this Martin has been a godsend - like I've been set free. I'm playing the daylights out of this guitar. I have 8 electrics laying around the house and a couple jazz boxes, but the nut width on this Martin is just what I needed. I've found myself actually fretting accurate chords and changing in tempo, which up till now had been very difficult. It plays like butter. I had been intimidated to buy a Martin as I'd heard it's like driving a truck. Not so.

                I like my collection of axes, but I think this is all the guitar I'll ever need.

                The full mahogany box makes it sonorous and rich in sound, and yet the 80/20 bronze strings I've been playing ring really well. I still get the highs I want but without the sometimes overly bright punch of a spruce top. It can be very loud when played prominently and the voice is what I'd describe as a luscious baritone. Relaxed somehow - mellow but not muddy. I don't know how it would do un-miced on stage, but my neighbors commented that I'm getting better. : )

                The sustain surprised me, It is really very good and I find myself muffing strings during some changes more often because an open string keeps going. Something I hadn't been used to. The neck shape is perfect for me, and I assume was well-chosen by the designers.

                It's very light and easy to move around on my lap but stays put with little effort. It's a comfortable, well-balanced guitar. If you've been reaching across a dreadnought and losing feeling in your right forearm to achieve a deep, booming, full-bodied sound, have a look at one of these.

                Looks cool, too. It looks antique with dark wood and old-fashioned headstock and tuning gears like a throwback to early times. I think the lack of embellishment makes a big difference. Simple, tasteful neck inlays, a pick guard. That's it. Beautiful. Understated. Solid. Nothing on it that isn't functional. I keep all of my instruments out on stands and it's between a PRS SC-J in AAAAA honey tiger maple and a korina Gibson Flying V. It's the focal point between the three. Like Jessica Biel sitting between Dita Von Teeze and next month's Playmate.

                As a beginner with a history in the business, I'd just have to say - buy this guitar. You will not be disappointed.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow.

                By 

                from Florida

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

                  I've been trying to play guitar for years. I am a 52 year-old professional bassist and have the idea down, but the strings are farther apart on a bass and I have very large hands.

                  So for me, this Martin has been a godsend - like I've been set free. I'm playing the daylights out of this guitar. I have 8 electrics laying around the house and a couple jazz boxes, but the nut width on this Martin is just what I needed. I've found myself actually fretting accurate chords and changing in tempo, which up till now had been very difficult. It plays like butter. I had been intimidated to buy a Martin as I'd heard it's like driving a truck. Not so.

                  I like my collection of axes, but I think this is all the guitar I'll ever need.

                  The full mahogany box makes it sonorous and rich in sound, and yet the 80/20 bronze strings I've been playing ring really well. I still get the highs I want but without the sometimes overly bright punch of a spruce top. It can be very loud when played prominently and the voice is what I'd describe as a luscious baritone. Relaxed somehow - mellow but not muddy. I don't know how it would do un-miced on stage, but my neighbors commented that I'm getting better. : )

                  The sustain surprised me, It is really very good and I find myself muffing strings during some changes more often because an open string keeps going. Something I hadn't been used to. The neck shape is perfect for me, and I assume was well-chosen by the designers.

                  It's very light and easy to move around on my lap but stays put with little effort. It's a comfortable, well-balanced guitar. If you've been reaching across a dreadnought and losing feeling in your right forearm to achieve a deep, booming, full-bodied sound, have a look at one of these.

                  Looks cool, too. It looks antique with dark wood and old-fashioned headstock and tuning gears like a throwback to early times. I think the lack of embellishment makes a big difference. Simple, tasteful neck inlays, a pick guard. That's it. Beautiful. Understated. Solid. Nothing on it that isn't functional. I keep all of my instruments out on stands and it's between a PRS SC-J in AAAAA honey tiger maple and a korina Gibson Flying V. It's the focal point between the three. Like Jessica Biel sitting between Dita Von Teeze and next month's Playmate.

                  As a beginner with a history in the business, I'd just have to say - buy this guitar. You will not be disappointed.

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent customer service. Kila Guitar

                  By 

                  from Boca Raton Florida

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

                    Great Martin sound . This is my second Martin mahogony guitar, my other one is a DC 15M. Lightweight 000-15SM sounds fantastic and is great for flat picking or fingerpicking. Great setup out of the box, although I did adjust the neck a hair and sand the bone bridge just a bit and action is perfect. This is my go to acoustic now !
                    Musicians Freind has excellent service and I will buy again from them.

                    Comment on this review

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    great tone, stiff action

                    By 

                    from Denver, Co

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Tone

                    Cons

                    • Cosmetics

                    Best Uses

                    • Fingerstyle Blues

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

                    I had researched this guitar and found that new models feature a morado fingerboard and bridge. However, the description at Musicians Friend shows and states that the bridge is rosewood. My sales rep. assured me that MF does offer the guitar with a rosewood bridge, and that if I received one with morado, I could return it. With this assurance, I purchased my 000-15SM from Musicians Friend and received it promptly in three days. But it did have the morado bridge. So, tonally, the guitar does not disappoint--its tone is rich and punchy, yet articulate. But, cosmeticly, it is nothing like the photo at Musicians Friend. The body is dark brown and the bridge and fingerboard are very light. I have decided to keep it and try darkening the bridge. Also, the guitar is set up with medium high action and medium gage strings. If you are buying this guitar for fingerstyle, you'll need a setup, too.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    a great 12 fretter!

                    By 

                    from Denver, Co

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Action
                    • Tone

                    Cons

                    • Cosmetics

                    Best Uses

                    • Blues
                    • Fingerstyle

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar:

                    The Columbus Day special motivated me to purchase this Martin, plus, I could not find one locally in Denver. It's a quality guitar. The tone is all that an all mahogany guitar should be. The description of this guitar states that the bridge is rosewood. It's not; it's the same as the fretboard, and is lighter than what is pictured in the ad. My sales rep. said I could return it, but I like it enough to keep it and try darkening the lighter bridge and fretboard. One other thing, and this is for Martins in general, they come set up a little high. Overall, for a small-bodied guitar, it has a rich, somewhat deep, tone.

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