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

The 15 Series 000-15SM Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar improves on a previous model known as the 000-15S. The 15 Series 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.

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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 Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (17)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Consistent (14)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Good feel (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (11)
  • Jamming (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

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(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

000 15 SM

By Tux Ritter

from BAltimore

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

I decided to do my assessment one night being an insomniac at times. Decided that a D28 and the 00015 SM were the only two guitars I needed. So I called Martin and asked them when Colorado was going to get a 00015SM would be arriving. (This was last fall 2011) I had checked all my local stores and they had confirmed they would get them in January at the earliest. Geez. So I walk into a small shop in Colorado Springs a week later and there sits a 00015 SM. The guy said he had just gotten it in the day before. I went home and gathered my finacial troops and bought it. No regrets. What a great sound out of the box. This is the one I will grab when the house is on fire. Great sound, great action. I am planning on doing some street work and this is the one. A buskers dream.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow.

By slowcode

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

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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 Mahogany Auditorium 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.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great little guitar

    By APS

    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 Mahogany Auditorium 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.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great tone, stiff action

        By Don

        from Denver, Co

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Tone

        Cons

        • Cosmetics

        Best Uses

        • Fingerstyle Blues

        Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Mahogany Auditorium 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.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Guitar & Equal Service

        By nick6

        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 Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

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

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect size and plays like a dream

        By Golfandfishallday

        from Diminished7thville

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        See all my reviews

        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 Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

          Dreads are mighty big and mighty loud and can be mighty uncomfortable/awkward to play if you want to throw down some blues runs. This size is perfect in my opinion, and the sound is ethereal. It plays by itself. I don't like plugging in my electric to practice (you know...neighbors), and I don't like the tinny, buzzy sound when I practice unplugged. That's why I bought this acoustic. I'll get an idea for a blues riff or a chord-filled turn around and I'll run for this guitar and work it out. Yes, this is an investment...not a simple purchase of picks or strings...but I went for quality and am thrilled with this guitar. Took it in for a set up; it was perfect, but I put in some John Pearse Pure Nickel Wound Lights. Very nice. One of the teachers at the shop played some J.S. Bach and Luis de Milan that was off the meter amazing.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent customer service. Kila Guitar

          By XGTO

          from Boca Raton Florida

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          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 Mahogany Auditorium 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.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Old School Vibe, Amazing Tone

            By Sigepbsd

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

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

            Well to start off, when you open the case you a get a blast of rich smelling mahogony. Minimal appointments, slotted headstock, 12 fret neck, and fretboard inlays add to the vintage vibe. No set up needed for my playing style(Country bluegrass, blues). For a smaller body guitar this still has all the volume i need and this baby sings. The entire body of the guitar resonates with every strum. All around beautiful instrument

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Superb!

            By Ozark Mt Man

            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 Mahogany Auditorium 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.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                warmest tone with the sweetest mahogany scents

                By Ltcmshawn

                from Elma, NY

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                Verified Reviewer

                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 Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                  If you are not sure what warm means in regard to acoustic guitar tone, try this guitar. It will give you a taste of what Christmas day feels like as a child transformed into a the form of plush open chords and resonating harmonics. I also have owned the Martin OM28V. (side by side)The V was much more percussive and resonant but the 00015SM was way more pleasing to the ears and senses. The V sounds pluckey and harsh in comparison, but the addition of the Rosewood and sitka and traditional dovetail joint gave it the musical advatage as far as averal robust complex tone. Still, I prefered the 15 because of the simply better overall sensory experience. Hard to pindown exactly, but listen to all the other reviews here. It's not just in experienced ears. The 000-15SM is a magical instrument.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  00015SM

                  By Tux Ritter

                  from BAltimore

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  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 Mahogany Auditorium 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.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wonderful Example of Quality +Excellence

                    By J_Northern

                    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 Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

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

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      clear,mellow, sweet sound, easy to play

                      By Lsalza

                      from Cleveland, OH

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

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

                          I have several acoustic guitars including a Gibson J45 that I bought new in 1969. I find I am playing the new Martin more because it fits me better and I love the mellow, rich tone.

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Looks, sounds and... smells wonderful

                          By Steplander

                          from New York

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          See all my reviews

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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 Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                            I own several great guitars and this one has become a fast favorite.
                            It has a sweet rich sound, full bottom, and long sustain.
                            I love how it resonates with the lightest touch and isn't noisy when played hard. It is rich all around.
                            It looks great, sounds fantastic and smells ( yes...smells) wonderful.
                            'Worth every penny.

                            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Wow.

                            By slowcode

                            from Florida

                            About Me Novice

                            See all my reviews

                            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 Mahogany Auditorium 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.

                              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              a great 12 fretter!

                              By Don

                              from Denver, Co

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              See all my reviews

                              Pros

                              • Action
                              • Tone

                              Cons

                              • Cosmetics

                              Best Uses

                              • Blues
                              • Fingerstyle

                              Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15SM Mahogany Auditorium 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.

                              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great guitar, but some sloppy QA

                              By Guitar man

                              from The mountains of southwest Virginia

                              About Me Novice

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Jamming
                                • Practicing
                                • Small Venues

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

                                The guitar had small pieces/shavings left in the body from the construction process...this material also got into the case lining. Really, no excuse for leaving this material in the guitar. Also one of the strings was not wound on the correct side of the tuning peg.

                                 
                                5.0

                                One of the best sounding Martin!.

                                By Chileanbacker

                                from Santiago. Chile

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing
                                  • Recording

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

                                  Oh, this one is my 4th Martin. (D-35, 000-18, Swomgt)( Washburn d-56sw Savahnah, made by Bourgeois 1995). I love all my guitars, I kiss em every time I stoped play them. This 000-15sm 2016 smells and sound amazing, well done Martin!...

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I want two

                                  By Tuxritter

                                  from Baltimore

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Recording
                                    • Small Venues

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

                                    I have five Martins. Gone through a lot more. This is the only guitar I would want two of.

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