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Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar Natural  (Open Box)
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A dream come true at a great price.

Equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood body, mahogany neck, and richlite fretboard, the MMV Solid Wood Martin Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar features renowned Martin X-bracing which makes the most of the its fine combination of tonewoods. Cosmetics include a deluxe 19-ply rosette, gold tuners, white binding and a nitro-cellulose finish. Includes Martin 345 hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back & sides
  • Nitro-cellulose gloss finish
  • Mahogany neck, richlite fingerboard
  • Gold tuners
  • Deluxe 19-ply rosette
  • White binding
  • Dreadnought body
  • Famous Martin X-bracing
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Includes Martin 345 hardshell case

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MartinCustom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 43 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Stays in tune (12)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (13)
    • Jamming (10)
    • Small venues (10)
    • Recording (9)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

    Let me add some supporting details to all the above...

    This guitar has a modified "A" brace design. The original"A" bracing system was initially...Read complete review

    Let me add some supporting details to all the above...

    This guitar has a modified "A" brace design. The original"A" bracing system was initially used on some of the more recent less expensive models. It was apparently a bit less costly to make (fewer pieces), burt also had some advantages over the long-used "X" brace system. One was that the forward section -- that between the sound hole and the neck -- was better supported and thus likely would require fewer "neck resets" than other models. This was important to the company because they will reset the neck as many times as is needed at no cost to the original owner over his or her lifetime.

    The "downside" to the new design was a little less bass 'thump.'

    The modeified "A" used on the Mmv provides the best of both. It has the well supported "A" design up front, but a complex "X" beacing system much like the original from the sound hole back. I think it is this combination that makes the guitar sound as evenly balanced as it does.

    The wood used on my copy is truly lovely. The grain of the soundboard is even and close. The rose wood fine. The ebony a deep black -- sadly sometimes not the case on some newer guitars.

    The "fit and finish" to use an automotive phrase is perfection. It is as good as on any Martin guitar I have ever seen or played. Less fancy then some, yes, but just as well crafted.

    The neck is lovely. I played mostly electric (Gibsons and Fenders) for most of my years -- as a working musician with a well known recording back in the `60s -- so I am used to low action. For an acoustic this guitar comes pretty close to my ideal. The action is low but totally buzz free all the way up the neck.

    The "Martin" inscribed tuners (Gotohs?) are fine. Smooth in action, firm in holding string tention. The gold finish is particularly lovely.

    The case is heavy. Probably not the first choice for on-the-road use. (I expect the vinyl surface would be easily damaged) But it cradles the guitar well and looks just fine-- plush really! -- for use in the home an an occasion car trip.

    As all the above suggests I cannot recommend this guitar more highly. If you've always wanted a Martin and couldn't quite swing the cost this is your chance. Cheap? No. But an absolutely stunningly good deal.
    Rating "Features" on a purely acoustic guitar is basically meaningless. It is what it is and does what it does. But the Marshall Mmv does what it does so perfectly that I'm giving it a maximum score.
    This instrument is perfection. Truly. I've been playing for almost fifty years and owned several dozen instruments. (I presently own half that number) None is finer than this guitar. None.

    The design, of course, is pure and simple Martin. Martins can be flashy or they can be "plain." This one has a few touches of flash -- the gold tuners for instance and the particularly tasteful rosette, but its beauty remains its simplicity. And its extraordinarily fine materials, construction and finish.

    Sound-wise it is pure Martin Dreadnaught but perhaps a little less 'scooped' then some I have played. I.e., it has the expected Martin bass chunk and the usual Martin sparkling top end, but it also has a smoother more equally balanced sound. I suppose to some this might be a disappointment; to me it was a gift.

    Playability was superb right out of the box. Moderately low action, Near perfect intonation (the bridge is slightely carved for compensation). Why it was even in pretty close to correct tune! (How'd they manage that?)

    In other words shes a "Ten."
    Impossibly good. Truly. I've craved having a Martin in my collection for nearly 40 years. This one made it possible.Though MF sells this as an Mmv the model name on the instrument's (laser cut) wooden interior "sticker" says it is a "Custom." MF must have worked out quite the deal for us with C.F. Martin and passed it along. Wow!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I will never buy from MF again!

    My wife ordered this guitar for me after she called MF to verify that there would not be major damage to the guitar. Well I would definitely call a 10" crack running...Read complete review

    My wife ordered this guitar for me after she called MF to verify that there would not be major damage to the guitar. Well I would definitely call a 10" crack running down the back of the guitar major. I feel this is a rather irresponsible way to do business and will never recommend using them.

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    5.0

    This guitar has it all

    By Bassman1967

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Sounds And Feels Right
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

      This Martin (Martin Custom MMV) was my first venture in to Martin guitars. I'm an original owner of a couple of vintage acoustics (1970 Guild F50r Jumbo and a 1968 Guild N4 12 String). Part of the decision to buy this Martin was price. I liked the various Martins I had played at several music stores and this was one of them. The sound, quality, feel and look of this Martin matched all of the Martins I had played. I ordered the MMV from MF with the idea that if I really loved this guitar I would eventually return to Martin for another purchase (possibly a 000-28 or M-36).
      Well, I love this guitar! It has a big sound throughout the spectrum: brilliant highs, deep lows and a fabulous neck. Quality abounds. The only thing that was a bit disappointing but not a show-stopper was the Richlite fingerboard. But of all the Martins I played with wood fingerboards, well I didn't see what the fuss was about.
      Recently I was playing a Martin M-36 at a local store and was seriously thinking about another Martin purchase but so far I haven't played a Martin that I like as much as my MMV.
      A beautiful instrument at an excellent price.

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      5.0

      Best in Class

      By Wes

      from California

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Richlite Board And Bridge

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

      Simply put, this is the best acoustic guitar I've ever played. This guitar plays and sounds better than guitars 2-3 times the cost. I played several D-28's, a D-35, HD-28, a JM signature, Clapton Signature, Santa Cruz Dread, and countless other acoustics from all the big names. This guitar had me hooked the second I picked it up. Gorgeous even, loud sound with a solid bass thump. The neck is incredible. Finish is flawless, and it stays in tune FOREVER. Sounds great for all styles of music. It fits perfectly in a mix for recording purposes and live (I have a Fishman Matrix Infinity installed).

      The one complaint I have about this guitar is the fact that Martin now uses Richlite on the fretboard and bridge for this model. My friend has one of the older ones (2008ish) and his fretboard/bridge are made of ebony. I can't tell any audible difference between the two fretboard types, and I honestly had no idea it wasn't ebony until I closely looked at it, but having ebony on this guitar would be a nice feature.

      Overall, this guitar is perfect. Buy it.

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      (0 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I will never buy from MF again!

      By tatman49

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • It's A Martin
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Massive 10" Crack

      Best Uses

      • Great For Strumming
      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

      My wife ordered this guitar for me after she called MF to verify that there would not be major damage to the guitar. Well I would definitely call a 10" crack running down the back of the guitar major. I feel this is a rather irresponsible way to do business and will never recommend using them.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      First Martin

      By Ganyonman

      from El Paso, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

        Beautiful sound and presence with very good action and comfortable feel. Everything I hoped my first Martin could be.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I'm lovin' my new MMV!

        By Opa John

        from Columbus, Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

          I had $1500 to spend on a new acoustic guitar and I wanted it to be a Martin. After comparing everything I could find, I couldn't see buying anything else except the MMV. What's to decide? It's all solid spruce and rosewood, gloss finish with a satin finished neck, solid ebony fret board and bridge, 19 ply rosette, it comes with a beautiful hard shell case, it sounds and plays like it was touched by angels and, best of all, IT'S A GENUINE, MADE IN THE U.S.A., MARTIN GUITAR. It's a no brainer. The only other recommendation I can make is you should buy one before Martin & Co. decides to stop building them!! I'm hard to please, and I'm very pleased with this one! You will be too.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Martin deal for real

          By Slide-eiHl9

          from Marietta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

              I've waited many years for a Martin and the price of this one got my attention. But I was ready to get a Martin no matter what - thinking it'd probably have to be a D-28. How could a guitar of this price compete? Well, I played it first, then did some homework. According to Martin, this guitar is based on the D-16 (rosewood) and the D-15, but with some upgrades and downgrades. You can read about most of that in the product descriptions, but know this: despite what's stated here, this guitar uses the A-bracing system of the D-15, and the fingerboard and bridge may be ebony or may be the manmade material, Richlite. Martin says either could be in the box when you order yours. That said, I'm not sure I care. This instrument is made alongside the D-28's and other standard series dreads, right in Martin's US factory. It's beautifully crafted and all the woods are first rate - at least on my sample. The beauty of its glossy finish is understated with a lack of purfling, fancy inlays or a spec of abalone anywhere - but just try finding the seam where the bookmatched back pieces adjoin. And wait until you hear it! Real Martin bass thump, plenty of upper sparkle and maybe a less "scooped" midrange than the pricier X-braced guitars. It sounds different, yes, but to my ear not inferior. I carefully compared tone against a D-35 and a D-28 and was very satisfied to come home with this one. I'm a happy guy!

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best martin I've played.

              By picker

              from chillicothe, ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Playing In Church
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

              I have allways wanted a martin,rather it be a d18 or a d28.They were above what i could afford,played the mmv and was amazed how it was up ther with high end models.You want a great sounding and playing guitar you have to .check out the mmv

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Killer Deal!

              By Happy

              from Palo Alto

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

                    This guitar is a no brainer of a buy. Sounds huge right out of the box. Embodies classic Martin characteristics at an affordable price. I should have bought two!

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The guitar I always wanted!

                    By Drifter

                    from Palm Beach, FL

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

                      Well built w/flawless finish. Everything that was advertized! Well worth the money.

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best bang for your buck Martin

                      By Kmac

                      from St. Louis

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic Guitar:

                        This is a beautiful well made guitar that sounds and plays amazing. In my opinion this is the best acoustic out there in this price range.

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