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Old 10-01-2023, 04:28 AM
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Default Martin 00-15M - why is it standard scale and not short scale?

I've been looking at short-scale all-hog small-body guitars and in my travels I'd been looking at the Martin 00-15M but only just realised it's standard scale not short scale, despite the 00 in the name and being 14 fret. I know that 000 12-frets have standard scale but the 00-15M seems like an anomaly. Anyone know anything?
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Old 10-01-2023, 04:52 AM
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Default Martin 00-15M - why is it standard scale and not short scale?



Because Mr. Martin wants it that way...
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Old 10-01-2023, 04:53 AM
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Well, youíre not wrong.
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. I know that 000 12-frets have standard scale but the 00-15M seems like an anomaly. Anyone know anything?
Iíve got a short scale 12 fret 000.
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Old 10-01-2023, 08:18 AM
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One of the reasons the 15 series is so affordable is the efficiencies. One being that same 25.5” neck is used on all 3 of the 14 fret models.
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One of the reasons the 15 series is so affordable is the efficiencies. One being that same 25.5” neck is used on all 3 of the 14 fret models.
This is the most reliable explanation that I have heard. The 15 Series guitars have the so-called A-Frame X-Bracing pattern, which is different from the X-bracing pattern used on Standard Series instruments (and perhaps some 17 Series guitars (?)). My understanding is that most if not all guitars with the A-Frame X-Bracing pattern have the same standard-scale necks for operational efficiency and “because that’s the way they were originally designed.” Note, too, that Martin left the specs of these guitars as-is when they reimagined the rest of the line, which perhaps explains why 14-fret 15 Series guitars also have 1-11/16” wide nuts. The details are sort of explained in these blog posts by T Spoon Phillips:

Martin 000 vs OM, what’s the diff? (why the 000-15s are called 000s and not OMs)

Martin Guitar Bracing in 2023—Soundboard Bracing Patterns Currently in Use at C. F. Martin & Co.
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This is the most reliable explanation that I have heard. The 15 Series guitars have the so-called A-Frame X-Bracing pattern, which is different from the X-bracing pattern used on Standard Series instruments (and perhaps some 17 Series guitars (?)). My understanding is that most if not all guitars with the A-Frame X-Bracing pattern have the same standard-scale necks for operational efficiency and ďbecause thatís the way they were originally designed.Ē Note, too, that Martin left the specs of these guitars as-is when they reimagined the rest of the line, which perhaps explains why 14-fret 15 Series guitars also have 1-11/16Ē wide nuts. The details are sort of explained in these blog posts by T Spoon Phillips:

Martin 000 vs OM, whatís the diff? (why the 000-15s are called 000s and not OMs)

Martin Guitar Bracing in 2023óSoundboard Bracing Patterns Currently in Use at C. F. Martin & Co.
Yep, this makes sense. This is all news to me.
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Iíve got a short scale 12 fret 000.
and I have a short-scale 12-fret approximately 00 (Waterloo WL-12 MH)
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Old 10-01-2023, 11:28 AM
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check out the Guild M-20. I like mine very much. Maybe a little smaller than Martin's 00 though if that matters to you.
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Old 10-01-2023, 03:21 PM
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check out the Guild M-20. I like mine very much. Maybe a little smaller than Martin's 00 though if that matters to you.
An M20 is very much on my radar.
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How does the fretboard composition affect tone or playability when it is really the frets that do all of the work?
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How does the fretboard composition affect tone or playability when it is really the frets that do all of the work?
Err.. ummm. huh?
There is very much a difference between short and long scale.
It affects tone and playability.

A shorter scale means that strings have less tension on them, leading to strings that require a little less pressure to fret and/or bend.
It also means it may not drive the top with as much energy so it could result in a lower volume.

All subjective to the specific guitar, tone woods, and build of course.
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An M20 is very much on my radar.
Best of luck in your search. I had a quick listen to some of your music - good stuff!
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Err.. ummm. huh?
There is very much a difference between short and long scale.
It affects tone and playability.

A shorter scale means that strings have less tension on them, leading to strings that require a little less pressure to fret and/or bend.
It also means it may not drive the top with as much energy so it could result in a lower volume.

All subjective to the specific guitar, tone woods, and build of course.
I appreciate your reply and I do understand the difference between long and short scale, but I was talking about richlite vs ebony vs rosewood, etc.
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Old 10-04-2023, 10:41 AM
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Best of luck in your search. I had a quick listen to some of your music - good stuff!
Donít know how I missed this, but thanks for that. These tracks were from a few years back but Iíve very much disappeared down the acoustic route. Iíve a new album coming out soon and Iíll post a link. Iíd be delighted to let you hear it.

Cheers,

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