Martin D-15 Custom Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic Guitar Review :: Martin Guitar Reviews

quite a perfect sound, definitely studio quality.

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Reminiscent of the 15 Series guitars of the 1940s – this model eschews vintage all-mahogany construction for a select solid Sitka spruce top and the ringing punch and sustain of solid East Indian rosewood back and sides. The D15 combines select woods and Martin quality in a tonally rich dreadnought! Since it offers a loud, bright treble response, genuine Mahogany was used for the top, back and sides. The modified low-oval mahogany neck is set with a mortise-and-tenon neck joint and has an adjustable truss rod and solid Indian rosewood fingerboard. The body and neck are bound in tortoise-colored binding. The Martin D-15 Custom Acoustic Guitar also has a rosewood bridge, dot fretboard inlays, rosewood headstock overlay, and an inlaid single-ring rosette. It looks quite simple, but expect a wolf in sheeps clothing. Only available through Musicansfriend.

Sound of Martin D-15 Guitar

  • sounds warm, smokey, big full and loud;
  • the tone is bright on the high end, sleightly airy, with a good amount of low-end as well;
  • crystal clear highs, and tight rounded lows that are not muddy at all like some other guitars – quite a perfect sound, definately studio quality.
  • great for any acoustic style and sounds beautiful solo or when played with other (spruce) topped guitars;
  • the harmonics are excellent, strike a chord and the guitar sounds like a choir unto itself;
  • the tone is bright on the high end, sleightly airy, with a good amount of low-end as well;
  • perfect sound for playing from country and old rock to gospel and blues,Dawg, bluegrass, jazzgrass, folk, Irish, acoustic trance, new world, rock;

Pros of Martin D 15 Guitar

  • it is worth the money;
  • the sustain is outstanding;
  • great for any acoustic style and sounds beautiful solo or when played with other (spruce) topped guitars;
  • string height is good and the string tension when fretting as well;
  • good durability;
  • everything seems well put-together, all the seams and edges look clean, no nasty edges, smooth, level frets
  • the tuners are very stable;
  • the bridge is great, the contouring on the bridge helps keep this guitar in great tune;
  • perfect sound for playing from country and old rock to gospel and blues,Dawg, bluegrass, jazzgrass, folk, Irish, acoustic trance, new world, rock;

Suggestions for this Martin Guitar

  • installing a bone saddle and nut, some consider it being necessary for better tone and sustain;
  • if the action comes too low – you can resolve it with a professional setup;
  • if the action comes too high – use a good piece of sandpaper on the saddle.

Features + Technical Specs
MODEL D-15 Custom Spruce and Rosewood
BODY SIZE: Modified O – 14 Fret
TOP: Solid Sitka spruce
ROSETTE: Inlaid single-ring rosette
BRACING PATTERN: D1 A-frame
BACK MATERIAL: Solid rosewood
SIDE MATERIAL: Solid rosewood
BINDING: Tortoise top binding
NECK MATERIAL: solid mahogany; Mortise-and-tenon neck joint
NECK SHAPE: Modified Low Oval
NUT MATERIAL: White Corian
HEADSTOCK: rosewood headstock overlay
HEADPLATE: Solid Indian rosewood head plate with raised gold foil decal
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Indian rosewood
SCALE LENGTH: 23”
# OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
# OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 11/16”
FINGERBOARD RADIUS 16″
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Small dot position markers
FINISH Satin finish
BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Indian rosewood
BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/8”
TUNING MACHINES: Chrome w/ Small Knobs
PICKGUARD: Tortoise pickguard
TRUSS ROD: Adjustable truss rod
CASE: hardshell
INTERIOR LABEL: Gold Foil Label with Serial # and Patent #
OTHER OPTIONS: Available left-handed at no additional charge

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