The Martin 000-15SM acoustic guitar is a Grand Auditorium style body with a natural satin finish, solid mahogany top, back, sides, and neck, and the traditional Martin resonance which high quality mahogany tonewoods produce. Recent MSRP’s range around $1650, so the 000-15SM is not the most expensive or ornate Martin; however, with its tortoise pick guard, tortoise-bound body, and Style 28 herringbone rosette, it is still a striking instrument. The rosewood bridge with white black-dot pins (here upgraded to solid wood pins), 12/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with Style 28 pearl-dot inlay, slotted headstock with solid rosewood overlay, and three-per-side open-style Schaller chrome tuners finish the picture of a quality guitar, topped off, of course, with the gold C. F. Martin logo on the headstock which says it all.
The playability and sound verify the quality promised by the name. Naturally, the 000 body dimensions are slightly smaller and easier to handle than those of most dreadnoughts: the 19 3/8” body is 15” wide at the lower bout, and 4 1/8” deep, with a scale length of 25.4.” What distinguishes it from most guitars in any price range is the 1 ¾” nut and 12-fret fingerboard, making it easier to play for larger or arthritic hands like mine. With its solid U.S.A.-made quality from top to bottom, it plays with as much resonance as you would expect from a mahogany Martin, with the warm, balanced tone for which Martin is famous.
Although the 000-15SM offered here (serial number 1535111) was manufactured in late 2011, the guitar is in excellent condition, with one notable exception. Structurally, the guitar is now near perfect: straight neck, medium action (a bit over 3/32” at the 12th fret low E), little fret wear, flat top, solid bridge, tight tuners, and so on. There is, however, a long professionally repaired crack on the treble side; it is visible, you can feel it, but at this point it has no effect on the playability or sound of the guitar. Cosmetically, it’s in very good shape other than that: only a ding or two and a bit of buckle bruising mar the beautiful satin finish on the top, back, and sides, and above all the Martin logo certifying that it was born and bred in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
The original Martin hard shell case is structurally perfect: naturally the hardware all works, the famous emerald green plush interior is clean and fits this guitar like the proverbial glove, and the brass Martin name plate above the handle is a nice touch. Most importantly, it provides outstanding protection for this valuable instrument.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $55.00 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I believe that I have described this instrument fully and accurately. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions before offering to buy it, as its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing.
Thank you for your interest.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.