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Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin 15 Series 000-15M 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 count... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Martin 15 Series 000-15M 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 15 Series 000-15M 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 15 Series 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. Includes case.

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
Case: 330 Hardshell
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Martin15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3)

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(28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Come home...

By KEITH LEWCHUK

from New Jersey

Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

I've played a lot of really good acoustic guitars. I own Taylors, Martins, Ibanez, Godin. The folks at GC know me for coming back and trading when I find that the sound or the feel just isn't right. I'm picky and when you spend good money, you should be especially for something you love doing. This beauty is simple. The size is perfect. The sound rich, old, classic and sooo very smooth. No flash, all substance. I first played this at the Martin Factory in Nazareth, PA a month or so ago. They have a room where you can play all of the high end guitars. I could not put this down among ones 4 times more expensive. I had just bought the D15M a week earlier and was loving it. The choice was difficult at first but, the dreadnought went back and I got this instead. It is the first I pick up every day and lately the only. This will never go back. This is like coming home.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible 000 Martin

By steve Bryant

from Moscow, Idaho

Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

Although it's rare that you could own a pre 1940 Martin, this little gem delivers. Since I saw Eric Clapton on unplugged, I always wanted to own a Martin 000. I went to the local guitar store and played both the spruce and mahogany, and I gotta say the mahogany is the way to go. Incredible lows and rich highs makes this one THE guitar I go to when playing. I bought a Taylor 414ce at the same time and no doubt Martin has the truest neck of any guitar I've ever played. It holds a tune after weeks of not playing, while the Taylor always needs a tweak and they sit side by side. If you like fingerpicking, then this ones for you. Other guitars, like the Taylor sound incredible plugged in and flatpicking, but this one will help you write songs, and it only sounds better over time. Best of luck in you're choice!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It feels like it plays itself

By DC

from Boston, MA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Smooth as Butter

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

    I went into my local guitar center just because I was in the area at the time, and I walked into the acoustic room. Despite the wall being covered in guitars, this guitar stood out to me. It's simply beautiful. So, naturally, I picked it up and sat down with it. I say this with total seriousness, as soon as I strummed a simple C cord, my jaw dropped. It's a smaller body instrument, so one would expect it to sacrifice the volume and lower tones that you'd see on, say, a dreadnought, but it's all there. I started to strum some more, and pick a little bit here and there, and the guitar is so effortless to play, it's almost like it plays itself. Unfortunately, I had to hang it back up.
    After about five or so times of going in and playing other guitars, I always ended up with this one in my hands. Needless to say, I had to have it. Fortunately for me, my local guitar center was having a sale, so I got a decent discount on it.
    The instrument doesn't ever disappoint. Every time I open the case I get a whiff of the cinnamon-y mahogany smell, which is something that has to be experienced. Buy this guitar. If you're on the fence about it, do it. It's a little on the expensive side, but there's something about the Martin tone that you can't quite describe until you play it, and as soon as you play this little guy, you'll fall in love.

    One of the best purchases I've ever made.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin magic

    By Stephen Smith

    from Wilson, NC

    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

    I set out to my local Guitar Center in NC, recently, to pick up a new acoustic that felt better in my lap. I made a quick decision several months ago to purchase a Martin D-16GT ,which I found out is a dreadnought, and that it's big, booming and uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful instrument but I play in my home and front porch and I wanted something slightly smaller and more comfortable. I spent several hours strumming, picking, plundering and inquiring with Rob, the fantastic acoustic guy in Raleigh. I knew I wanted a Martin. I was 1st drawn to the Martin OOO15-M after initially noticing how unique and "bluesy" it looks. I played it and immediately noticed its weight... Light. NICE. The highs were clear and there's a very attractive groaning low to the low E. I play mostly blues and this baby really responded to my "rookie" licks and runs. I would play it, then play 3-5 other guitars. Every so often I would return to the OOO15M and just think "wow, this is the one." I was in that store most of the day trying my best to make a good decision when I finally decided to purchase it. Rob made the trade-in smooth. I've played this new Martin nonstop since I got it and I am super happy with it. I made a GREAT decision and would recommend this bad boy to anyone. It looks rustic, and it plays like a dream!! Thanks Martin.... And thanks Rob. Buy one!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Be Careful, This Guitar Will Seduce You

    By kevin polk

    from Portland, ME

    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

    Play this guitar a few minutes and then play a Taylor. Repeat that a few times. Then try some other Martins. This Martin 0015M will seduce you. After you get it home set it next to your other guitars and play each one daily. Over time you will play this guitar more and the others less. You will notice that when you feel the urge to play, the Martin 00 15M will almost always be the one you pick up. You will still play your other guitars so you can return to this mahogany and get seduced all over again. It's warm and soft and smooth and full of blues. Buy it and enjoy the seduction.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply outstanding!

    By Jack

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

        This was my first new guitar purchase. I wanted to buy a smaller (than a dread) one for better ergonomics. I also wanted a warm, mellow, soft, well-balanced sound. My research led me to mahogany, to Martin, to the 00015M.

        When I got it home and started playing, I kid you not, I felt like I'd slipped into a vat of warm butter. So velvety smooth and a completely balanced sound. I never imagined that just slow thumb strumming a basic chord could sound so good. I cannot put this guitar down. I am beginning to get a glimpse of why people speak of Martin so highly.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Nicole Ferris

        from Rockville, Maryland

        Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

        I spent about 4 hours trying different guitars: Taylor, Ibanez, Breedlove, Gibson, Yamaha and many others, but none of them delivered like this Martin. When I first picked this guitar up, it felt and fit so right. For me, since I'm a woman, it's harder for me to find a small body guitar that gives the same tone as a larger, fuller guitar. The other guitars that I tried were either too uncomfortable for me to play or size wise fine but the tone was not great. This little Martin changed it all. It has a great sound to it, and the all mahogany build really benefits the guitar. I've owned this guitar for a little over two months now, which I know is not long, but Martin has not failed to impress. I play it every day and find it so hard to put down. Great quality for a smaller body, great sound, great look, great feel - what more do you need?

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for the cash

        By string bender

        from Allen Park,MI

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • self entertainment

          Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar not only has a rich sound but it smells like new wood when you play it.
          It is a small bodied guitar that will sound off when played briskly. The satin finish and mahogany wood are pleasing to look at and feel. Easy string tension and action make practicing longer possible.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding guitar

          By CB

          from Chesterfield, VA

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

            I did a head-to-head sound test in the store between a 000-RSGT (which I already own) and a 000-15M.

            My wife really loved the sound of the 000-15M and said I should get it.

            Who am I to argue with my wife?

            So with spousal approval, and the fact that Guitar Center had a 15% off coupon that actually worked on Martins, I had to get it.

            No regrets at all. Nice mellow sound, even though it's new. I did take it for a full setup as the string action was a bit high, but I do that to most of my guitars.

            Overall I'm very happy with it and would not hesitate to recommend this 000-15M to anyone.

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing acoustic.

            By Jeff Spencer

            from Charlotte, NC

            Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

            I just started playing approx 3 months ago. I started out with an Epiphone AJ220S that I received for a Christmas gift. I played it every day for anywhere from 2-5 hrs a day since then, and started learning quickly. The Epiphone had a nice sound to it, but the dreadnaught style was a little bigger than I really wanted. Went to GC with the idea of trying out some smaller bodied, more expensive guitars. The sales guy asked me what I was looking for, and quickly handed me the 000-15m. I played it for about 5 minutes, then he started handing me various other Martins, Taylors, Seaguls and Breedloves. Some of them were 3x the price of the 000-15m. After playing all of them I went right back to this Martin and could not put it down. It's so easy to play, and the sound is unreal. After that I couldn't leave the store without it, and I could not be happier with this guitar. If you're looking for a new guitar, do yourself a favor and go play a 000-15m.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simply Amazing!!!

            By Joel Fredrikson

            from Sioux Falls, SD

            Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

            I ordered this guitar thinking I would use it mostly for fingerstyle blues playing around the house, but as soon as I took it out of the case and started playing it I was BLOWN AWAY by the sounds coming out of it. I own an older Taylor 814, and that guitar is amazing, and I was even trying some other higher end guitars against it (000-28 and D-35), but they are SO expensive. I tend to have very high expectations of guitars once you're paying over $2,000, so I didn't expect too much out of this one, but in my opinion it is the best sounding guitar I have ever played! It is a very balanced, warm tone (maybe a bit more low end would make it perfect) with crisp highs. The thing that really impressed me about the sound was how it cut through when my wife and I were practicing some songs for a wedding. We sing really loud, and the piano was cranked up, and this little guitar cut through all of that even better than dreadnaughts that I have played! Not only does it sound incredible, but the playability is immaculate. The action is just right (maybe a TAD low for heavier strumming), and the neck is very small, which I love because my hands are smaller. My Taylor has an awesome neck, but I liked the feel of this one even better in my hand. I also like the meat and potatoes simplicity of this guitar. No flashy gimmicks, just pure sound quality (although the open tuners, inlays, and dark mahogany are simply stunning). Given the price, the sound, the ease of playing, I would say this is my favorite guitar I have ever played. I can't wait to install my L.R. Baggs Anthem SL and see how it sounds plugged in! Buy it, buy it, buy it!!!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Really nice guitar

            By Delta blues guy

            from Alabama

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

              Very nice build. I purchased the 000-15M for its smaller body and its retro look. This is my eighth Martin, and I am very pleased with the guitar. I have absolutely no complaints.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              So glad I made this purchase. I love it.

              By Pete

              from San Antonio tx

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                  Excellent value for this beautiful looking, sounding and smelling guitar. Yes the mahogany smells great.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  No doubt worth the money!

                  By Zeeraider

                  from Palmdale,CA

                  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

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    This guitar has a beautiful full sound and is easy on the fingers.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great guitar and great service from GC in Lubbock,TX.

                    By Patrick

                    from Carlsbad, NM

                    Site Member

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    This guitar is everything you've read and heard about. Warm mahogany sound with excellent string balance. Unlike many guitars that are described as having a warm tone the 000-15M has very good string definition. It has the bass tones you would expect from a Martin, but the highs are very detailed without being shrill. Very pleasant to the ears. This guitar is surprisingly lightweight. Very comfortable to play. Kudos to Joshua Crabb at Guitar Center in Lubbock. He was very helpful and professional. My guitar had to be ordered. It arrived extremely quick. About 4 days before I thought I would see it at my door! Overall, it was good experience.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent guitar for finger style playing.

                    By George

                    from Austin, Texas

                    Site Member

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    Received my 00015M two days ago, it was a gift to myself for my birthday. It is what I expected, great sound, easy to play which is what I expected from a Martin guitar. I play finger style and flat pick depending the type of music I am playing. I find the 00015M to be very good for finger style.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    000-15m Incredible!!!!!

                    By Paul DiPietro

                    from Havertown, Pa

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    I have been playing a HD-28 since I bought it in 2001 and it is the best guitar I ever played and made in my opinion. I went to guitar center about 10 times in Delaware to buy another Martin to bring down to the Jersey shore on weekends instead of bringing down my HD-28. The last time I was GC, there was a 000-15m hanging their for the first time and After playing it for one minute I had to have it.. The sound of this guitar is Incredible. Worth every penny and Some. Nice Martin case also. A Steal at the value. Especially if you can take advantage of a discount. Thanks Paul

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Up to the Hype

                    By William Fitzsimmons

                    from Albuquerque New Mexico

                    Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    I have been playing guitar now for about 3 years, mostly blues and several dips into old rock and roll and good country. I had purchased a Breedlove Passport series as my first acoustic guitar and for most things it is totally spot on. But then a friend purchased a 000-15m; and this changed my opinion on acoustic guitars forever. So, as the story usually goes... 3 weeks later the local guitar store calls me and says my 000-15m was ready for me to come pick it up. This guitars warmth, and tone, and versatile size makes the inner guitar 5 year old come out every time you touch it. Its American Made, and when you open the case it smells like fresh wood, and over 100 years of rocking out. I cannot give a guitar higher praise. Any fellow blues players out there? Well prepare to have your world rocked, it sounds better then the Eric Clapton Martin, and is 1/4 the price. I love this guitar, and you will too!

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Used 000-15M

                    By Surly Dave

                    from Irvine, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                      I recently bought a used 000-15M on line that had a few nicks and scratches. The previous owner had became very frustrated with it because she only knew three cords and refused to take lessons to expand her knowledge. Her lose was my gain! I cleaned up the fret board, replaced the strings, gave it a coat of Martin polish and this baby now sings like a canary. I tried dreadknot size guitars before but they never fit. This guitar fits me nicely and is a joy to play even for 2-3 hour practice sessions. And, the mahogany aroma is intoxicating every time I open the case.

                       
                      4.0

                      Yummy and satisfying

                      By Billy Boy Floyd

                      from Ketchikan, Alaska

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Martin 15 Series 000-15M Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                        I'm an amateur picker 35 years+, I've had mine three years now, and I can agree with most the other reviewers here:
                        1) The elegance of simplicity. You don't own a -15M for long without realizing how over finished and obnoxious other guitars are, this plain-Jane wallflower is usually the best looking girl in the room and the most striking.
                        2) Very lightweight and comfortable. I am frequently a full "body shaker" for vibrato effects, and the 000-15M's lightness makes it really easy and effective to do.
                        3) Rich tone, I don't regret taking this mahogany top over spruce top one little bit. Made to be hugged tightly and thumb strummed about fret 14 (above the sound hole), I almost never use a pick.
                        4) The furniture smell is heavenly while it lasts, like fresh popcorn or new car smell.
                        5) Martin knows how to intonate an acoustic. Stick close to the original factory string gauges, and the factory carved saddle will tune true. I am zealously fanatical about intonation up the neck & overall tune-ability and very, very few get it right like Martin.

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