Martin SWOMGT Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 9 customer reviews
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from Eastern PA
September 12, 2011Music Background:
Guitar Player since 1975
A really nice guitarA sweet sounding, nice looking and easy to hold guitar. When you get a new guitar home and open the case they usually smell like paint. This one smelled like Grandpa's wood shop. This is my first Martin and not the last.
from Portland, OR US
May 27, 2011Music Background:
Pro Musician, Recording Engineer.
One of the best sounding OM out there!!Here's my simple review:
1. It's bright, but not tiny like some T****r out there. Perfect for finger-picking.
2. It's warm, but not muddy like some Cedar top guitars. Perfect for strumming.
3. It's got good amount of bass, but not snappy like some G****n out there. Perfect for solo.
from Nixa Missouri
December 24, 2010Music Background:
Greati bought this guitar for my wife when i retired a couple of years ago. Since i have started taking lessons and this is the easiest guitar to chord i have ever picked up. It almost plays its self.
from Seattle WA USA
April 23, 2009Music Background:
Long time pro; teacher, player and collector.
Whoda thunk?I got this guitar used at a great price in a trade situation so wasn't heavily invested and didn't have any great expectations. Later, after putting on new strings and sitting down with it for about an hour it dawned on me that this guitar was WAY better than anticipated. It caught me totally off guard. I wonder if they're all this good - if so they're the deal of the century! I will now be selling my '64 00-18 and keeping the SWOMGT - and the 00-18 is no slouch let me tell you! My only complaint is the cheap pixeled material used for the faux tortoise pickguard, but this can easily be switched out for something more elegant, which I intend to do - the guitar deserves it!
Paul J Feldman
January 21, 2009Music Background:
I play semi porfessionally Blues, Rock, Pop, and Folk
MArtins Best Sounding GuitarI had several Martins. A D-18, A D-28, and an Eric Clapton 000-28 which I recently replaced with the SWOMGT. Yes the EC 000-28 looked great, but it was not enjoyable to play. I was floored by the sound of the SWOMGT. Who would have know cherry wood was such an excellent tone wood. Plus you are helping the envirnment and saving trees. I did have the action lowered and replaced the nut bridge saddle and end pins with bone. I also had a fishman elipse blend installed and now its my go to guitar. Its light as a feather and the latalox fingerboard and bridge feels like ebony. I rosette is blue white and tortoise as is the head stock overlay, binding end strip and heel cap. Martin took no shortcuts with the construction of this guitar save for the satin finished sides and back. The cherry wood grain is gorgeous. the back is book matched and has beautiful grain. The case is the geib knock off by tkl with beautiful dark gree plush lining. You will not be dissapointed with this guitar and you will save a bundle and still have that great Martin sound. I highly recommend this guitar.
from Santa Barbara, CA
February 24, 2008Music Background:
Best for the moneyI have owned every type, brand, and shape of acoustic guitar--this one blew me away from the first time I played it. It has a great crisp sound, beautifully transparent when recording with it, and the volume is just right when singing along with it. The size is even perfect. All bass and treble are evened out in this guitar like no other before it--and for the price--a total no brainer.
from New York
April 18, 2013
Love it!So happy I got this guitar, the tone is beautiful, the guitar itself is beautiful, and it stays in tune great!
from Oak Hill, WV
February 20, 2013Music Background:
I love this guitar...I love this guitar. I've had it for two years. Very easy and beautiful to play finger style. Strums nicely too, as well as flat picking. Neck is smooth. Overall gorgeous. Case is fabulous too. Action is a bit high for me, so I'm thinking I'll have it adjusted at my local authorized repair shop. Otherwise, five stars. FYI - Changed to Elixir strings, but plan on going to D'Addario's as the Elixirs are too bright for my taste.
March 4, 2011
Not That Great..Thin..Thin..ThinI bought this guitar a week ago. It sounded nice for a few days then it went down hill. The guitar is very thin sounding and gets even thinner after the strings are a few days old. Now when I finger pick, the bass strings are very faint sounding on open notes and the high strings sound ....well....extremely thin. I'm not sure I'd buy this guitar if I had it to do over.