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beatcomber 05-01-2019 04:18 PM

NGD: My first Martin! (00015-SM)
I was in the Music Emporium on Monday afternoon buying some strings, and decided to check out the Martin 00015-SM I saw on the rack.

I was taken aback by how rich and well-balanced it sounded, and I loved the slotted headstock and simple, classic appointments. I couldn't stop thinking about it, and went back this morning right when they opened, ready to make a deal; I brought with me my '64 Gibson F25 Folksinger for trade-in.

I won't go into the details, but I feel like I got a crackin' good deal from The Music Emporium, and the whole negotiation process was painless and easy. They were willing to give me credit that was about $25 more than I paid for the Gibson last year, plus they knocked $200 off the sticker price advertised on most dealer websites for the 00015-SM. Because my cash outlay was minimal, I didn't have to pay a lot of sales tax either.

At the end of the day, I was able to acquire a brand new Martin for not a whole lot more than what they typically go for on the used market.

Unlike buying sight unseen from an online dealer, I was able to ensure before purchasing that the guitar sounds/looks good and plays well. I was also very happy to support a business located in my home town.

The only downside is I had to go directly from The Music Emporium to work, and the sweet smell of mahogany tormented me all day! But I am now about to shut down my computer, leave the office and head home with my new treasure...

Below are photos from TME's website of the actual guitar that I purchased. She's a beauty!

FOG01 05-01-2019 04:25 PM

That's a beauty!

HOF dad 05-01-2019 04:27 PM

congrats on a lovely guitar - great pictures to boot!
I love the anticipation of waiting to play something special.
Hope you have that every day

beatcomber 05-01-2019 04:29 PM

Many thanks! :D

ishtar 05-01-2019 04:32 PM

Thatís fantastic!!! Iíve had two of them. Might have to satisfy my 12 fret urges which are growing... they are fantastic instruments! congrats!

Treenewt 05-01-2019 04:39 PM

That is a beautiful Martin! Congrats! The 15 series continue to be simply amazing instruments.

dbuck 05-01-2019 04:40 PM

Congrats, those all hog 12 frets are great guitars. Excellent pick for your first Martin!

lowrider 05-01-2019 04:40 PM

Really nice guitar. It's beautiful in it's own simple way.


llew 05-01-2019 04:43 PM

Congrats...beautiful Martin!

hairpuller 05-01-2019 04:43 PM

Really cool guitar! Love the look and I'm sure the tone is killer. Have fun!

Jaden 05-01-2019 04:44 PM

Very nice looking guitar, congratulations: Martin sure does a special job building guitars with mahogany/ sipo. Thanks for sharing this local guitar shopping experience, lots of fun. Enjoy!

ragincajun 05-01-2019 04:51 PM

Congrats on your first Martin, although I doubt itíll be the last. That guitar is my absolute favorite in the 15 series too!

Wade Hampton 05-01-2019 05:00 PM

The Martin 000-15SM is my absolute favorite among Martin's entire "15 Series" product line. Those are great guitars. Congratulations on snagging a fine instrument.

Wade Hampton Miller

crikey 05-01-2019 05:09 PM

Looks great and I believe you'll love the tone. Congrats!

Haasome 05-01-2019 05:09 PM

Terrific guitar. I’m sure you’ll love it. Congratulations.

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