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Old 07-20-2019, 09:39 PM
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Default Martin OO-28 Style Guitars

Played a new Martin OO-28 (rosewood/sitka) the other day at a music store and it had a great feel and sound. Any thoughts on similar (size, feel and sounding) guitars by other makers that might have a lower price tag ?

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Old 07-20-2019, 09:44 PM
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There are no cheaper substitutes.
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:10 AM
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Try Sigma, Blueridge or Recording King.
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:30 AM
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They aren’t in stores yet, but Martin just introduced an all new 00-16E at Summer NAMM that looks like an excellent guitar in the sub-$1500 price range. I’ll bet it sounds more like a 00-28 than anything from another brand.
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:08 AM
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Nothing has the Martin tone of a Standard series Martin, however, others can also sound good.
If budget is the primary consideration, investigate Eastman, Larrivee or Blueridge equivalents.
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It is tough to find an alternative to a 00 14 fret Martin in general.

I agree with Indy- the new 00-16e might be worth checking out...

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If you want a nice 00 guitar at less than Martin prices Eastman would be the first place I advise you to look.
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Some of the Eastman guitars look good and get constant good reviews. It's worth your research.
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Default Martin OO-28 Style Guitars

I tried and failed to find a good cheaper alternative to a Martin 00. If you’re not wedded to rosewood, the 00-18 is about $600 cheaper than the 00-28 and sounds great too. That new 00-16e sounds promising too.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:49 AM
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Played a new Martin OO-28 .. Any t.. similar (size, feel and sounding) guitars by other makers that might have a lower price tag ?
No. There are many other 00 or parlor guitars but as Paul said "no substitutes". Other, different, nice, okay but without serious compromise, nope. There are several extremely nice alternatives out there but they'll cost you more and are still very different than the Martin.
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:01 AM
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Some of the Eastman guitars look good and get constant good reviews. It's worth your research.
Great guitars for the money but they are not the same as a Martin 00-28. If you want a Martin, get a Martin. If you want a different guitar that is still excellent get an Eastman, Blueridge or Recording King. But don't think you are getting a Martin experience.
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Ed Bond made a Martin 00 size/shape guitar for me out of walnut. It doesnt sound like a Martin but looks tons better. You may want to talk to him but as he is in Canada he cant do any rosewood.
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:11 AM
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Default Higher end...yes. But lower end....no.

I tried a few Eastmans....really well built and quality sound. Tried a few other known big brands that were solid woods and nicely built.. But as soon as I strummed an "A" chord on the 00-28, the search was over
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Great guitars for the money but they are not the same as a Martin 00-28. If you want a Martin, get a Martin. If you want a different guitar that is still excellent get an Eastman, Blueridge or Recording King. But don't think you are getting a Martin experience.


Also, Eastman doesn’t make a non-slope 14-fret 00, as far as I know. Neither does Blueridge, Recording King, Guild, Alvarez or any other I could think of.
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Also, Eastman doesn’t make a non-slope 14-fret 00, as far as I know. Neither does Blueridge, Recording King, Guild, Alvarez or any other I could think of.
Eastmans sound good...but my questions with the product has always been resale value, long-term quality, and factory support.
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