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Old 05-04-2019, 08:33 AM
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I've been enjoying the guitar now for several days, and I have a few more observations to share.

First of all, this guitar is extremely sensitive to right hand technique. It sounds best when picked with bare fingertips.

The 000-15SM is capable of amazing sustain and bloom, but only when it's played just so.

With a flatpick, it is very particular about how much attack I use, as well as how I grip the pick, ranging from smooth/fulsome to harsh/thin and everything in between. It seems to respond best to gripping the pick close to where it strikes the strings, with just the right amount of grip force, and at a particular angle. The touch sensitivity of this guitar is quite extraordinary.

Now, I don't mean to sound corny, but learning my way around this instrument is not unlike courting a lady. It's as if the guitar is leading me, indicating how it wants to be treated, and rewarding me when I get it right. I've never experienced this from a guitar to quite this level.

And, oh, that heavenly mahogany aroma!
2019 Martin 000-15SM
2007 Gretsch Americana "Sundown Seranade"

...and a bunch of nice electrics too
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