The other day I started a Martin or Santa Cruz thread for a 000. Well, I played some Martins today. I told the guy I wanted under $1500, but that didn't happen! I started with the 16 series that sells fro around $900, blah total crap if you ask. Sounded way thin and chinzy, seriously. Next came the 15 series one, it sounded much better than the 16, still not for my ears though. I then played the Mayer sig and that was the one! Instant happiness. Full, rich, and deep. The Martin tone I remember. Played a few others ranging up to the near $5k mark as well, really nice stuff. Out came the $1300 smartwood one, I wa slike yeah right. Well, that guitar is great! Has the tortoise headstock thing and just sounded really good compared to anything else within that similar price range. If I was buying one today, that would have been the one! Wish I could fiund a used one, but just seems like dreadnaughts are what come up. Now I really would like to try a Clapton as well, but I think the Mayer would be great! If I played acoustic more, I would sell some things and get the Mayer. I have that GAS for it, but I just don't think I cna fork over that bread for something I usually only play when I'm goofing off drinking with pals. What do you guys think, go for the smartwood one or....?