Like a lot of people, we were pretty disappointed last year when Martin Guitar stopped manufacturing the Martin 000-15s as a standard model. The all-mahogany (or sometimes sapele) slothead was a beauty that harkens back to an earlier time. Sure, we weren’t crazy about the tuning pegs or the decal rosette but for an all-mahogany (and sometimes sapele) small-bodied guitar from Martin, what could you expect for $1,249 street price? Yes, you can expect even more.
So we were therefore pretty excited this year when we learned that Martin was updating the 15-series with guitars that would be guaranteed to be mahogany and had some improved features – a real rosette, improved fretboard inlays and nickel tuners with butterbean nobs. You would think the problem would be solved. Except for one thing, Martin only released a dreadnought and a 000 model – the Martin 000-15M and the Martin D-15M. No 000-15S. But the story doesn’t end there….
The good folks at My Favorite Guitars have come to the rescue. Seeing the gap in the Martin line, My Favorite Guitars has partnered with Martin to create their own custom model – the Martin 000-15SM Custom. In the words of MFG, the Martin 000-15SM will mimic the discontinued 12-fret 000-15S in scale length, nut width, etc. but will have the same specs as Martin’s new line of M guitars. To make matters even better, the guitar is priced at $1249 – the same street price as the original 000-15S but with all of the improvements. The guitars are expected to start shipping in May.
The only catch is that this is a limited order so we’d recommend getting your order in early. (We waited to publish this story until we got our order in.)