Submitted December 29, 2018 by Eric B in Williamsburg, VA
"Exactly what I was looking for"
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I mostly play electric guitar, high-gain, doom/metal kinda stuff. For me, I want an acoustic that's easy to play, sounds good, and that I can toss around and not worry about. These Little Martins definitely fit the bill.The good:Guitar sounds very good, a nice tone especially given the price and materials used here. It's not really on par with expensive, tone wood acoustics, but it sounds better than most cheaper solid wood acoustics.I absolutely love how this thing plays! Since I don't play much acoustic, a full-sized dreadnought is too big and bulky, especially for playing in bed or on the couch. This little guitar is comfy and works well for these at home situations. The stratabond neck and richlite fretboard are phenomenal!!! Fingerboard has a great bounce to it. Stock strings are a bit heavy for me, but no big deal.The tuners are nice. They say Martin on them, but they seem like Gotoh mini schaller style. Anyway, they hold tune, period. No complaints.The formica body is great for those of us who don't want to think about temp and humidity. Theoretically the body/neck/etc should never warp or crack. This is a big plus in my book. YMMV.The bad:While I appreciate the formica body and suits my needs better than wood, it feels like a formica kitchen counter and is a little noisy sounding when rubbed or aggressive style play (a spruce top doesn't do this). And it just feels plasticky. Again, I wanted the formica because it's impervious to the elements, but a nice tone wood it is not. Really boils down to if you want the best in sound, or a guitar you can paddle the canoe with.Bottom line:I'm in love with this little guitar! It is perfect for when I want to watch TV and noodle around in bed. I love that I never have to worry about the elements when storing this guitar. It still captures that famous Martin tone, but don't expect it to sound like a full blown D28. One of the best playing acoustics I've ever played.
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