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Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar  

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The Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar is a smaller version of the famous Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. Like its sibling, the Custom 000-MMV features all-solid wood construction. It i... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar is a smaller version of the famous Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. Like its sibling, the Custom 000-MMV features all-solid wood construction. It is made exactly like its big brother, using a solid sitka spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, and the nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

The only departure is the body size. The Custom 000-MMV comes in an auditorium body shape, with a tighter waist and lower bout, and a narrower body. Sonically, the guitar has a very balanced sound that will react perfectly to the fingers or guitar pick. Notes are extremely even across the entire acoustic spectrum. What is more, the Martin Simple Dovetail neck joint adds a tremendous amount of sustain to the tone; making it the ideal guitar to be heard accompanying your voice, playing with a band, at a coffee house, or in the track of your favorite recording. The Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar is a perfect addition to any guitar collection.

The Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar comes complete with a 330 hardshell case. 

History of the Custom MMV Model
The MMV is a Martin custom Dreadnought guitar that was created in 2005. Simply put, MMV is Roman Numerals for the number 2005, the year in which the guitar was created. From its conception, the Custom MMV Dreadnought Acoustic was designed to be a Nazareth-made, all-solid wood instrument, that was priced significantly under what you could find off of the Martin standard pricelist. Martin wanted to offer the musician a chance to purchase a solid wood Martin guitar at a price that wouldn’t break the bank. They also wanted to come up with a sound that was slightly different from the more traditional Martin dreadnought guitars.

To begin with, they selected a nice piece of Sitka spruce as the tone engine for the guitar. Sitka was chosen because of its ability to capture the player’s performance by accurately reproducing all the color and nuances in every note. The top was braced with one of Martin’s patented X-Bracing patterns. The company departed, slightly, from Martin’s standard “X” pattern to “roll off” just the right amount of bass. The bass on the Custom MMV is perfectly blended to match the volume on the mids and treble frequencies, giving you an instrument that is both balanced and expressive.

To add the right amount of color, they fashioned the back and sides from solid East Indian Rosewood. Using East Indian rosewood warmed up the sound of the top, much like that of a speaker cabinet. The combination of a Sitka spruce top and East Indian back and sides produces a guitar that is rich in color, yet extremely dynamic and expressive.

The neck joint of the guitar uses Martin’s Simple Dovetail. This is a glued neck-to-body joint that allows the guitar body and neck to resonate as one instrument. Much like the world’s finest string instruments, such as the Stradivarius and German double bases, you won’t find any bolts in this instrument. Its tight, wood-to-wood contact produces an incredible amount of sustain and tone.

Playability
The Custom MMV comes with a very playable low-oval mahogany neck, and a 1-11/16” nut. Before the guitar leaves the factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, each instrument goes through the Plek machine for a computerized setup. The Plek machine gives you the perfect setup for the geometry of each instrument. If you were to have a technician do it for you, you could spend anywhere from $250-$450. A computerized Plek setup is included in the price of every guitar.

The guitar’s body comes beautifully finished in nitrocellulose lacquer which was selected because this thin, multi-layered lacquer finish allows the wood to age and resonate naturally, allowing your guitar to breath.

Features Body
  • Body type:Auditorium/OOO
  • Cutaway:Non-cutaway
  • Top wood:Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides:SolidEast Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern:SitkaNon scalloped
  • Body finish:Gloss
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Modified Low Oval
  • Nut width:1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard:Ebony
  • Neck wood:TropicalMahogany
  • Scale length:25.4"
  • Number of frets:20
  • Neck finish:Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:No
  • Brand:Not applicable
  • Configuration:Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ:No
  • Feedback filter:No
  • Tuner:No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:East IndianRosewood
  • Tuning machines:GotohGold with Small Knobs
  • Bridge:Black ebony
  • Saddle & nut:White Corian
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:Tonewoods
  • Case:Hardshell case
  • Accessories:None
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MartinCustom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (3)

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5.0

Awesome guitar!

By Greg

from St Matthews, Ky

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

      I traded a Larivee OM-9 on this. It sounded amazing but had 2" nut which was hard to play. This guitar sounds amazing, easy to play, love it!!

       
      5.0

      Amazing grand auditorium model

      By L2

      from Chicago

      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 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

        WOW! This is an amazing guitar for such a low price. As a female player with small hands, I'm so impressed with the ease of play, incredibly warm tone and booming sound. The neck and smaller body are very comfortable for long practice sessions since I'm still learning to play. My Taylor 810 dreadnought isn't as comfortable due to its larger body size. The Martin also sounds better than my Taylor 614 Grand Auditorium and I haven't figured out if maybe Elixir strings on 614 could be the tonal difference. However now I'm thinking of buying a d-28 or d-35. Thank you Martin Guitar Co!

         
        5.0

        Truly Oitstanding Instrument

        By abe

        from Los Angeles, CA

        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 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

          I own 5 Martins, including this one, and use it constantly. It is a fantastic guitar at the price.
          Much easier to hold than the Dreadnought size and a little less "boomy" than the D-18.

           
          5.0

          had mine over 3 years great guitar try it out

          By road dog

          from port saint lucie fl

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • fret board is ritchlite not ebony but no problem

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • just set and play
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

          It is great guitar . But we all are looking for are own sound. so I would try before you buy. I fell in love with mine.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You just can't wrong...

          By MeliD

          from Jacksonville, FL

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

            Wanted to start playing guitar with the best, and this Martin is big on quality sound. Easy to play with versatility of sound. I can't get over how much sound this smaller Martin puts out. Gorgeous Indian Rose wood, Martin really did this right. So pleased! Thank you Martin Guitars.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Guitar, Sounds fantastic.

            By jtferris

            from Arcadia, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

              I have owned several high end Martins and loved them all, but this one rocks my world.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar!

              By Kitty

              from SF Bay Area

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                Just bought this Martin MMV Dreadnought from GC and they treated me right. It is my first guitar in 30 years and my first Martin ever. Described as "Used - excellent condition". and yes, it is beautiful and appears to have been very well cared for by it's previous owner. I asked that it have new strings put on it and there were, before it shipped to me (Chicago to California). Surprisingly great sound given it's fair price; rich, clear tones and lots of sparkle to the higher notes. Lovely solid tone woods as well.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Unbelievable Value

                By Steve Wanty

                from Topeka, KS

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                    Like many other reviewers for this guitar, I started looking for a version of the Martin 000-28. I went into the acoustic room at one of the Guitar Centers in Kansas City, and saw the 000MMV hanging on the wall. I looked at the description of the guitar, and actually had to get one of the GC associates to confirm that the guitar was all hardwood, which he did. I played it briefly at the time, and went back about a week later to purchase the guitar. Overall, I do not think I have seen a solid hardwood guitar with the East Indian Rosewood back/sides at this price. This is my first Martin guitar, and I have only played it for a couple of days (getting the LR Baggs Lyric installed right now), but I could not be more pleased with the guitar.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Outstanding sound and value

                    By Tom

                    from Texas

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                      I am by no means a great guitar player. But I know a guality sound when I hear it and this Martin 000mmv does not disappoint. It is rich sounding with terrific tones as Martins costing three times as much. I've read that it's built with lower cost bracing and no dove tail joint. If that makes a difference in the sound you wouldn't know it.
                      It sounds GREAT. Beautifully made rosewood body and Sitka top and mine has the ebony fingerboard and bridge. If you are considering a 000 body size guitar give this GC hidden a secret a try. You will not be disappointed .

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      What an awesome find.

                      By Marty

                      from San Antonio, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                          Let start by saying I've always been a "Gibson Guy" and my only real comparisons were my 1994 Gibson Gospel and the Martin D28. I know the legendary history behind the D28 but frankly never found one that played close to my Gospel. Took my son and his friend to GC to buy the friend a new acoustic and I gravitated to the Gibson Hummingbird Pro and the Robert Johnson L1. Neither one wowed me and for grins I picked up the 000mmv and was blown away. It erased any negative impressions I ever had about Martin guitars. That lead me to pick up the Clapton 000-28 and while I loved the aged top and super fine craftsmanship the MMV sounded and played (IMO) much better. I'm now the proud owner of my first Martin in a group of Gibsons. Maybe she'll make friends with my Gretsch 6120. Great guitar at a great price.

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