NGD: Mahogany Martin Edition

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  1. TedEH

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    It's a Martin D-15M!

    My birthday recently passed, as well as Xmas, etc., so this time of year is usually my "lets buy myself something nice" time. :lol: I've been digging around for a new acoustic for a while, so I finally pulled the trigger on the Martin I've been talking about in another thread. Martin won't ship here in the winter, but they had one in stock at an L&M in Toronto, so that's the one I ended up with.

    It basically does all the things I wanted in an acoustic - it's easier to play than the one I had. I get along really great with the neck shape. It's less nasally/boxy sounding that the old one. It's still got lots of low end. In store I wouldn't have described it as "bright" but it's definitely brighter than the previous acoustic I had. I suppose a good way to describe it is that the previous one I owned was very forward - in your face, bold, hard not to hear it - whereas this guitar sort of sounds like you took the general idea of the previous acoustic, scooped out the nasally/boxy part of the sound, and compressed it into a more personal kind of sound. Something about the mahogany makes the sound very "personal" in the sense that the body resonates a lot instead of projecting everything forward - it sort of feels like you're enveloped in the sound instead of it being projected ahead of you. You could sit quietly in a room full of people and play quietly to yourself with this, as opposed to some guitars that would just be loud and obnoxious. A side effect is that it's a bit less dynamic, but in kind of a good way. Playing some light finger style stuff is very audible, but digging in or strumming hard isn't obnoxiously loud.

    Balanced is a great word for this guitar. It's like you took the sound of an acoustic in my head and processed it already. You hear every string clearly - there's lots of low end but not in a way that overpowers the rest of the sound.

    The only downside - the action (same as pretty much any Martin I've ever tried) is a bit high out of the box. It's not so high that it bothers me, but I know it could be improved upon. L&M offers one free setup any time you buy another guitar, but I think the adjustments I'd want are outside of what I'd trust a box store to do. I plan on waiting a bit and if I decide I still want the action changed, I'll bring it to a tech that I trust.

    If I find some time, I'll record some clips, maybe in comparison to the previous acoustic I had.

    I didn't have time to get out a good camera and take good/fancy photos, but here it is in front of a pile of other instruments:

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    Congrats man.

    Yeah like you say, it def doesn't project like something like a spruce top. I think it sounds woody. It's kinda its own thing both in sound and looks I think.
     
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    During my trying-all-the-acoustics shopping adventure, I concluded that I'd also like to own a Taylor some day. This guitar feels like the antithesis of a Taylor though, and that's a part of what I like about it. I still have my previous acoustic if I ever really need that in-your-face projection.
     
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    Niiiiiice, man! That thing looks great. I can't wait to hear how it tracks!
     
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    Gotta love a Martin, congrats!
     
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    A good acoustic is a great time. Enjoy many years with it!
     
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    Congrats, man. I know you put a lot of time into researching this one.
     
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    On really shitty earbuds, that sounds nice and clear and full. :yesway:
     
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    Sometimes I've noticed that "shitty earbuds" can make stuff sound good cause they cut out all the low end where things start to get sketchy haha.
     
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    I wish more did that...my Bose bluetooth speaker breaks up from heavy bass buzz, when what I want when it's fully cranked is volume.
     
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    An interesting observation I made the other day from this clip - if I focus on it, I can pretty clearly hear a really high octave of the notes being played. It's something that didn't exist within the sound (harmonic content?) of the previous acoustic, or at least not in such a clear way.
     

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