The Martin D-15 acoustic guitar is a full dreadnought style body with a 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 $1500, so the D-15 is not the most expensive or ornate Martin; however, with its tortoise pick guard and herringbone rosette, it is still a striking instrument. The solid East Indian rosewood belly-style bridge with white black-dot pins, solid rosewood fingerboard with pearl-dot inlay, solid mahogany headstock with raised gold foil logo, and enclosed chrome Martin small-knob tuners finish the picture of a quality guitar, topped off, of course, with the C. F. Martin name on the headstock which says it all.
The playability and sound verify the quality promised by the name. The bright tone of the solid mahogany tonewoods in an American-made Martin makes the D-15 a tremendous value, promising a lifetime of great performances. As one of the many reviewers online says,
“As a guitar player, if you're lucky, you may come across that one special guitar that you know you will never ever sell in a million years, even for a "better" guitar. My Martin D-15 is that guitar. I'll never get rid of it. I bought it used 4 years ago, and it just keeps getting better. The sound is fantastic. It's so rich. I've written my best songs on it. It teaches you how to be a better player, and rewards you for everything you do right. It's crazy, I know, but it's like a living and breathing thing that partners with you to make excellent music.” [Posted by Brian from Charlotte, NC on Jun 7, 2007]
The D-15 has a 14/20-fret fingerboard, a 25.4” scale, a width of 1 11/16” at the nut and 2 1/8” at the 12th fret, and a compensated saddle. The Martin mortise/tenon neck joint and “A-frame” X-bracing of the top combine with the great strength of mahogany to allow for thinner, more responsive tonewoods, making for the rich hard-driving sound characteristic of the D-15. The serial number of this guitar (654438) indicates that this is one of the first Martins produced in 1998—just long enough to age the tonewoods toward maximum resonance.
And then came the disaster. I don’t have the story as to what happened, but it looks like this guitar was stepped on by a large person. It’s kind of a wreck.
How bad is it? Well, I’m not a luthier, but what I can see is: massive cracks in the treble side, with some wood missing; a long crack in the back; four cracks in the top; an apparently repaired crack across the headstock; some funky finish issues on perhaps 20% of the back. I would assume that there’s also some loose and/or broken braces and stuff inside, but I’m not competent to judge that.
I took it to my luthier, and he said that it wasn’t hopeless. He recommended that I order a D-15 treble side panel from the Martin shop (I can send you the number and address, if you’re interested), remove the crushed treble side, glue and cleat the top and back cracks while the side is off, and simply glue the new side in place. Then I could lightly sand the funky back and lightly match the finishes. A piece of cake….but he would not have the time to do it until way after Easter some time.
Hokay, this is beyond my skill set, and I don’t have the time, space, or patience for a long-range project. If you do, then the best case scenario is you might be able to score a great guitar for not much money. Worst case scenario: you have some great Martin parts, since the fret board, nut, tuners, pick guard, bridge, saddle, most of the braces, bridge plate, end pin, and strap pin are undamaged, and the neck, back, top, and bass side can certainly be saved. Oh, and don’t forget the complimentary burgundy gig bag….
Buyer pays a flat rate of $45.00 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, but keep in mind that it is being sold strictly as a project. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions before offering to buy, 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 in this potentially once again cool guitar.
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.