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Rating and Reviews: Martin 000C Nylon Guitar

Martin's take on the nylon-string classical guitar, the 000C acoustic-electric is crafted from solid Sitka spruce and sapele with a Fishman F1 Analog pickup.

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"Feels great, smells great! But will not recommend" submitted June 22, 2014

By Jared K in Page , AZ
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Musical Background: Own a Taylor 816ce, Martin OMC-PA3, ESP Eclipse, ESP MII Urban Camo, LTD EC1000 (4), John Mayer Sig Strat
Music Style: Metal, Rock, Blues, Classical, acoustic
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Overall: My girlfriend actually purchased this guitar for me a little more than a month ago and I was 'by far' so excited as I've been very please and happy with my Martin OMCPA3 guitar. upon receiving it, the feel was great. The neck is slightly wider than an acoustic steel string guitar, BUT, ever so slightly narrow than a traditional classical guitar. Anyhow, upon playing this first guitar, I noticed that the intonation was off. The D, B and high E string would go extremely flat when traveling up the fret board. Even the onboard tuner was verifying this coincidence. So I spoke with a zzounds rep who told me to wait for a week. Anyhow, during this week I took it to a Martin certified luthier who told me that it was a bad guitar and that I should send it back. So once this week was up, I ended up sending that guitar back after working with the polite reps. Upon sending the Martin back, they immediately shipped a 2nd guitar back to me (which is rare for any company to do). So, upon receiving this guitar, I checked the features and found everything to be as the latter guitar, but the intonation was still off. The high E string on this instrument actually held up and was right on with my Boss Tuner and even with the onboard tuner. The only strings that are giving me problems now is the A and D string. Same thing, after the luthier inspected and played, they said to try and send it back. Another thing I noticed is that when I pluck an open A string on the instrument, it makes this 'hollow buzz' noise that eventually grows into a slight annoyance. And don't get me wrong, the action is already pretty high. Overall, if the action was great, and most of all, if the intonation was as great as my Martin and Taylor guitar, I would keep it. I am intending to look for options on sending this guitar back and getting a different classical guitar. I hope this review helps everyone out in making a decision and I hope that I only have received 'lemon guitars'. It is quite possible.
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