The kind of quality expected from Martin! Plays great and has deep warm tones much like a D28!
By: Marvin Rist from Sperry, Oklahoma, USA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I have played guitars both recreationally and in bands for over 30 years and have owned several Martins. This one is no different! Great quality right out of the box and is ready to play. No set up is even required on Martins unless it is a fluke. This guitar feels and sounds much like a D28 to me. The gloss top, herringbone rosette, and abalone fret board dots dress it up just enough to be beautiful, but the satin back and sides protect the finish from superficial scratches that are commonly found on the gloss finishes. For the price, cannot be happier with this model. Plays great, looks great, and sounds even better. From gospel to bluegrass to country to rhythm rock, it will stand up against any other brand or model and put them to shame.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Exceptional quality that feels solid right out of the box.
Was it easy to reach the strings? How comfortable was the playing position?
Already tuned when I received it. Had to tune it up to A tuning, but plays perfectly from the time you open the case.
Is the tone well balanced? How does it project?
Nice deep basses, but awesome mids and highs as well make this model blend beautifully. Hard for other companies to even get close to achieving the sound that a Martin has been doing for over 50 or 60 years. Tried and true and still going strong.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Gloss top is gorgeous with the tortoise pick guard, and love the durability of the satin finish on the back and sides.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
This guitar looks, sounds, and feels like it should be more in the $2,000 range with the D28 and HD28, but for about half the price. Yeah, it's a great instrument for the money!
How was the action out of the box?
Action is perfect. Comes with medium gauge strings that are perfect for this model and to compliment all the tones that it is designed to achieve. I always go with Martin's recommendation for each model as they are experts at pairing the right strings to each model they sell. I bought an extra set of the Martin SP medium strings so I know exactly what to replace these with when the time comes.