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Martin 000-16GT/Martin 000-18

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Alister, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Alister

    Alister Member

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    Soliciting opinions, either from owners or previous tire kickers. Martin dealer around my vicinity only stocks "cannons." I want a smaller-bodied, more fingerpicking-around-the-campfire model, without going up into the $2000 models.
     
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    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    Talk with Maury of Maury's Music
    You can get any new one you want for %40 off retail.
     
  3. Alister

    Alister Member

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    Thanks, jh.
    But mainly, hoping for reviews of either/both of these models.
     
  4. Chops

    Chops Gold Supporting Member

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    The 000-18 is a great guitar that isn't all that expensive. I think I paid $1,400 for mine new about 3 years ago. Great looking, great playing, great sounding guitar. Doesn't like to be pushed too hard, but for fingerpicking it has a nice woody tone. Mine had great action. I sold the one I had as I am now playing a 00-18V (plus 1 D-18GE), which is very sweet as well. I don't have any firsthand experience with the 000-16GT, but I think the -16 series uses some different construction techniques than the Standard Series (of which the 000-18 is a member). I think if you end up with a 000 Martin you will be pleased.
     
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    For campfire FP I'd go with an 000-15. Won't show all the dings and is really a great guitar. Mine gets equal playing time with my fancy ass $4k Collings.
     
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    I hate the Micarta fingerboards on the 16 series. They don't smell good.
     
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    I loved my 000-16SGT, but it was pre-Micarta
     
  8. Alister

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    Thanks very much, guys.

    opdev, that Micarta issue was one I was curious about.
    I'm gonna investigate the 000-15, for the reasons stated.
     
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    Chops Gold Supporting Member

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    I have played a certain CEO-IV quite a bit that is a phemonenal guitar. What a cannon! I would never have realized the fingerboard was Micarta unless someone told me.
     
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    I got a Bourgeois OM-18 style guitar for $1200 on ebay a few years ago... love it!
     
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    do you have to talk to him to get the 40%, I was just at their site and the prices looked about the same as everyone else...
     
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    Nothing wrong with the fingerboard on my 000-16SGT. You can't tell it's micarta from playing or listening to it, and I've never detected a weird smell from it either.

    --chiba
     

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