Like any guitarist, I had heard of Martin Acoustic Guitars. But until I started my search for the perfect acoustic, I had never actual played one. Let me tell you something straight up; there are very few guitars that can compare either in tone or quality of construction to Martin Acoustic Guitars.
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Outstanding Martin dreadnought. Quality with big sound.
Larger than average dreadnought with BOLD sound.
Getting to Know Martin
I know - that sounds like the title of a TV series, doesn’t it? Or at least the title of a book. The thing is that when I hold a Martin Guitar in my hands I can’t help but be amazed that I’m holding the product of a company that has been in business for over 200 years!
If there is any one truth about guitar companies, it is that they come and go depending on the leadership and business acumen of the people who run them. When it comes to Martin Guitars, however, it is the quality of the instruments (combined with the fact that it is still run by the multi-great grandson of the founder) that has kept it going through all the ups and downs of the guitar market over the last two centuries.
Excellent choice for the discriminating left-handed player.
Broad shouldered, deep body left-handed guitar.
Fingerstyle playing on a guitar that resonates like no other!
The Quality of Martin Acoustic Guitars
There is something about the sound of a solid wood acoustic guitar that leaves its laminated counterparts in the dust. Take the Martin HD-28 for example. This particular dreadnought acoustic not only has a solid Sitka spruce top but solid rosewood back and sides. This gives it a richness of tone that blows laminated dreadnoughts out of the water. Add to that the X-bracing that Martin acoustic guitars are known for (the bracing that lets the solid top vibrate more freely and produce a more open sound) and you have a guitar that is worth every penny you will pay.
Of course the number of pennies that you are going to pay for a top quality Martin guitar can be rather daunting. The HD-28 (which is considered to be one of the best sounding Martin’s on the market) can cost you nearly $3,000. This is about the same price as a Gibson Hummingbird (another excellent guitar).
While there are other guitar companies (such as Seagull, Washburn and some Takamine’s) which make quality guitars with solid tops and bodies at a lower price, there is also the issue of resale value.
The Decision to Buy a Martin
Martin guitars are a known quantity. Just like a Gibson guitar, a Martin can be resold for a significant portion of the original cost if the need should ever arise. In fact, the longer you keep your Martin guitar the better the chance of you actually being able to get more for it on resale than you originally paid for it. Martin’s are considered to be just that good.
Of course you are not going to want to sell your Martin. Not only are they well-made and play beautifully, they are also stunning to look at. In fact, the aesthetic beauty of Martin Guitars is only outshone by the way that they sound when you play them.
So in the end, the decision of whether or not to buy one of the Martin Acoustic Guitars will rest entirely on your shoulders. It may technically be out of your budget. But if you consider the fact that it is not just an investment in your music but also a financial investment for the future, you may see your way clear to buying one after all. If you do, it will be a decision you will never regret.
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