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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... Read More

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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: Solid East Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Sitka Non scalloped
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • 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 Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh Gold 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
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
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(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.

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    (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.

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      (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.

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          (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 .

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            (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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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                outstanding value

                By Nando

                from Scottsdale, AZ

                Pros

                • Craftsmanship
                • ease of play
                • price
                • Tone
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Hardcase Extra

                Best Uses

                • Excellent All Around Play

                Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                visited local gc messing around w/acoustics and picked this up - wow, beautiful sound, construction etc... the MMV sounded and played nicer than much more expensive guitars. I left and thought about it & it really was a no brainer - went back the next day and played again and no I wasn't hallucinating, it just sounded beautiful. Don't know what it is about the MMV, but this is Martins best kept secret. Looking at it you see an entry level all wood Martin, but start playing and it really fills the room. I have a couple of friends who are accomplished musicians who cannot put this down. This guitar is a great for the all around player - perfect for me as I enjoy different types of music, handles them all well. Feel sorry for my other acoustics as they will not be seeing much playing time.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Incredible value... a true sleeper!

                By Craig

                from Dallas Texas

                Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                I was on the hunt for a 000-28EC, and played a 000MMV at a GC near my house. I was in a position to afford the Clapton, but the hunt stopped when I played the 000MMV. At less than half the price of a Clapton, it had everything I wanted in a writer's/occasional player's guitar. I installed a Fishman Ellipse Blend, and for me... it is perfect! I may replace the nut and saddle someday, but I have zero complaints about this guitar. I have subsequently played three Claptons, and mine is still the clear winner!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                best kept secret but play it first

                By KATHY

                from Florissant, MO

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                Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                I am a beginning guitarist with small hands. This guitar fit me like a glove. The guy in the Guitar Center handed it to me and said "this is the one you want" and it was. Fast neck, easy for me to chord. Great sound. I like that it has projection but not any BOOM. I only say play it first because I think some people will want a more dreadnought sound and feel. This is more refined-feeling than that.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                best kept secret but play it first

                By KATHY

                from Florissant, MO

                Site Member

                Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                I am a beginning guitarist with small hands. This guitar fit me like a glove. The guy in the Guitar Center handed it to me and said ""this is the one you want"" and it was. Fast neck, easy for me to chord. Great sound. I like that it has projection but not any BOOM. I only say play it first because I think some people will want a more dreadnought sound and feel. This is more refined-feeling than that.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Martin got it right!

                By Arthur

                from Gansevoort, NY

                Site Member

                Comments about Martin Custom 000-MMV Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

                I am not what you would consider a great guitar player. However, I have been playing for many years and know what sounds good. This model that is equivalent to a (000), plays and sounds incredible similar to a Colling's or a Goodall but about 1/3 the cost. I am sure that the folks in Austin, Texas would argue with me but I challenge anyone to try one of these guitars.

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