Submitted May 9, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"Good guitar for reasonable expectations."
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This guitar fulfills everything that I want it to do.
This is a good sounding guitar for its size. It loses a couple points, because I find that it can sound a bit "boxy." If you're a finger style blues player, you might actually find that to be a plus.
I'm going to swap out the saddle for a bone one and do a few tweaks to the guitar, and I think I can get it dialed in just right.
The case is well padded and useful. I think it's a nice touch to include a gig bag with any guitar. Even though this isn't the most expensive guitar in the world, I think it's pretty considerate of the folks at Martin to save their customers the money.
Ease of Use
The action was a bit high for my tastes when I got it. I'm told that most of these come out of the box with a perfect low action, so maybe mine was just a fluke. I gave the truss rod a tiny turn, and I switched to a slightly smaller gauge set of strings and the problem went away.
I've only had the guitar for a few days, but it's held up pretty well. I've already managed to drop it and overheat it in my car with no real adverse effects. This little guitar is my official beater, and I think it should serve the putpose well.
Let's be honest, this is not the greatest guitar in the world. However, it's probably the best guitar for what it's designed to do. I played this guitar next to the Baby Taylor, and I much preferred the slightly longer scale length. In terms of tone, I'd say the two were pretty much tied.
Martin has got excellent customer service.
The Wow Factor
It's an average looking guitar that is going to get beat up over the years. I'm actually thinking it's going to look better once it's been "weathered" a little. A good beat up guitar can be a thing of beauty to some of us.
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