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The Martin 00015M Acoustic Guitar looks like it came right out of the history books and it delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year history, Ma...Read More

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Exceptional tone, exciting playability and classic Martin good looks.

The Martin 00015M Acoustic Guitar looks like it came right out of the history books and it delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year history, Martin has set more guitar design trends than can be counted. The company still embraces design techniques introduced many years ago to create their guitars' timeless tone.

The Martin 00015M offers a perfect blend of vintage features and modern technology to create an acoustic guitar of exceptional tone, playability and classic Martin good looks. Back, sides and top are bookmatched solid genuine mahogany with A-frame Sitka Spruce X-bracing and a traditional maple bridge-plate. The 14-fret neck”also genuine mahogany”is joined with an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and headplate. The traditional rosewood belly-bridge is fitted with a bone saddle, and the nut is fashioned from bone as well.

The Martin 000-15M is embellished with a dark mahogany stain and a satin lacquer finish. The end result is a guitar of beauty and simplicity with a warm, rich mahogany voice.

FEATURES
  • Body size: 000-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Rosette: Single ring
  • Back material: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Side material: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Binding: None
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
  • Scale length: 25-3/8''
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
  • Bridge material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge style: Belly
  • Tuning machines: Nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs
  • Pickguard: Delmar tortoise color
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Martin15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 38 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (24)
  • Good feel (24)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Stays in tune (20)
  • Consistent (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (18)
  • Jamming (17)
  • Recording (14)
  • Small venues (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value American-Made 000

By Ltcmshawn

from Elma, NY

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

      I have owned a lot of high-end Martin, Breedlove, & Gibson Acoustic Guitars. I have also owned Masterworks Alvarez, Epiphone Artist Series, Carvin Cobalt, and Martin X series Guitars. This does not beat a standard series Martin or Breedlove for tone but if you can afford to skip the low-end instruments and start with this 15 series Martin, you will have a guitar that has the same great playability and craftsmanship. Many will never outgrow this guitar, but you will eventually want another (Most likely Spruce-Topped or Cedar) to complement its warm and subdued tone. I have not really found any instrument from Martin that does not have something appealing about it.

      Also, buy from Musicians Friend; they have the lowest prices, best return policy and will go the extra mile to make sure you are happy with whatever you buy.

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      5.0

      Pour a glass of red wine and enjoy with this warm instrument

      By Joggerjohnny

      from Sudbury, MA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Build Quality
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

        I looked at and played a LOT of guitars before deciding on this one and I'm glad that I did. This is a very impressive guitar with excellent build quality and a very warm, rich sound. If that is what you are going for you will not be disappointed. On the other hand, this isn't a loud guitar and does not feature electronics so it won't be for everyone or for every purpose. Personally I love it and haven't been able to stop playing it.

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        5.0

        Excellent playing and sounding little Martin

        By sgstrat1

        from Duluth, MN

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

          I've owned mine (a 2012 model) for over three years. It is a truly fine instrument. It has never seen a pick :). The OOO style/shape is one of the most comfortable I have ever played, the guitar just seems to fit/mold to your body. Beautiful sustain and clarity. Always loved the satin finish - it just feels soft.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect

          By Bill

          from Whitehouse, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

              I was looking for a guitar with a more balanced overall sound for fingerpicking than my Dreadnaught had.After looking at a series of vintage Guilds, and playing many Taylors and other Martins, I decided on the 000-15M. The tone is unreal, and I paid Less than what other major retailers were asking. I have played a lot of expensive guitars over the years, but this guitar really stands out. I like the idea that it is a "no frills" model. No gold plated tuners, or pearl inlay, just a brilliant tone, great action, and superior tuners. I love this guitar.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simplicity and unadorned beauty

              By Chuck

              from South Charleston, WV

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Curb Appeal
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Unadorned Beauty

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Quiet Picking
                • Small Venues
                • Song Writing

                Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                You know how some cars just make you smile when you drive them? How some clothes just make you feel like a million? Well, if you're an acoustic guitar lover, the Martin 00015m is an instrument that will make you smile every time you play it. For years, my "go to" guitar has been a 1964 Gibson B25. Since I got my 00015m in November, 2014, I have rarely picked up the Gibson - and when I do, I end up putting it down after a few minutes and going back to the 00015m. As good as the Gibson sounds - the 00015M sounds clearer, more evenly balanced, has that Martin ring on the top, is incredibly playable, and is so beautifully unadorned! I love simplicity and function. This guitar is 100% simplicity and function. If you want inlays and rosettes and gloss - fine - go pay hundreds or thousands for that art. But if all you want to pay for is a truly quality instrument - look no farther. One bit of advice: keep the strings fresh on this instrument - the overtones you'll hear are stunning. And even though I've always been highly biased against light strings - this instrument sounds wonderful with them.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Flawless

                By Gus

                from Brazil

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Great Looks
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                  I've player the guitar for 15 years. I've owned this one for 3 years now and here's everything you should know if you are thinking about buying this guitar:

                  -It's incredibly comfortable;

                  -Rich sound (comes with .012 strings, powerful sound and feels more comfortable then most of the .010 guitars i've ever played);

                  -It's absolutely beautiful (amazing body shape, lovely vintage tuners which works perfectly by the way);

                  -Affordable price;

                  -Well made guitar, flawless design (it's a Martin, you should trust them);

                  Basically, it's a lifetime instrument for a reasonable price. It's not a eletric-acoustic guitar (some people actually prefer this way, so I wouldn't call it a con), but that is something you can change. Just go for it.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  And now I know why...

                  By Rocky

                  from El Paso, TX

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune
                  • Unique Scent
                  • Unsurpassed Craftsmanship

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Finger picking
                    • Flat Picking
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    everyone that owns a Martin...is in love with a Martin. I've been playing over 50 years, high end Gibson and Guild guitars that I LOVE. Had the opportunity to get my bucket list guitar and I couldn't be happier. Out of the case you are immediately taken with the scent of the wood and the unique look of the guitar...but then the best part...you pick it up and play it and know right away this guitar is a winner...set up out of the case. A joy to play and it sounds great and after your session...there it is again...the gently scent of the wood wafts pleasantly to your nostril. This is a great little guitar!!!

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Guitar - A new favorite

                    By Brendan M

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Finish Damages Easily

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    I absolutely love this guitar. I had been eying it at a local store for some time and slowly saving but once the Labor Day 15% sale came on Musicians Friend this purchase was a no-brainer. I saved a ton of money.

                    I play the guitar with a thumb-pick in open tuning and it sounds absolutely beautiful. I tune to open-D. I also put Medium Gauge strings on it and I still feel it might need a slight truss bar adjustment, but it handled the strings just fine. Compared to my buddies HD-28 I honestly think this guitar is better and just a fraction of the price. It is not the loudest guitar, and doesn't necessarily keep up volume-wise in a bluegrass situation, but it definitely projects quite well.

                    CON - the only con I have found with this guitar is its natural finish stain, though extremely gorgeous, does not do well with impacts. I have other guitars with thicker finishes and never realized how much a good finish does to resist impacts with walls and during drops. I play live, jam, and busk and really put my guitars through a lot. This is my one guitar that really struggles to hide any sort of mark and they come frequently on this one and show bright against the dark stain. I do think it adds some character, especially on this no frills style acoustic.

                    Other than that I have no complaints in my first 3 months of ownership and it is definitely a daily go-to guitar for me. I would highly recommend to any guitar player.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Is now my favorite guitar

                    By Redhead

                    from Georgia

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                      Absolutely love this guitar!!! Great guitar for finger picking and strumming.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Guitar - Pure Joy to Play!

                      By BoyHood

                      from AUSTRAYLEAH

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Best 000 Model To Own
                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Martin 15 Series 00015M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                        All my life I've been playing guitars which I've borrowed from my friends and finally, I've saved up enough money over the last 10 years to make a move. I went into the store and tried a couple of Maton's because I really wanted a Maton. However, none of the Matons they had around my price range gave me what I needed. I went to see what else was on display and immediately, I saw this Martin that seem to be speaking to me. I picked it up, took it the back room, had a strum, finger picked a couple of notes, and whew, I fell in love with it instantly. The tone and clarity of the notes were amazing. You can finger pick Hallelujah on this guitar and you will have the world in your hand.
                        It was the last one they had and it was a display model. I didn't mind it. The small body was really comfortable to hold. I love the satin finish and that fragrant smell of Mahogany. They have kept this guitar to a minimalist look and feel but with plenty of heart and soul.
                        Also, if it still sounded so good after being on display at the shop for 6 months or more, it's gotta be a keeper.
                        It's my first and only guitar for now, and quite possibly for life (unless I can muster up another batch of coins to get my next Martin). The question of course is which one?
                        One more thing...this guitar was not made for rigorous rock concert bashing - strumming. Give it the respect it deserves and you will be rewarded with pure joy!

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