Martin 000-15SM

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Mahogany Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Morado Fingerboard - Natural
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Enjoy the Sweet Sound of Mahogany!

The Martin 000-15SM acoustic guitar is an excellent choice for singer-songwriters with deep voices or anyone looking for the glowing warmth only an all-mahogany guitar will provide. With its top, back, and sides all made from genuine solid mahogany, the 000-15SM delivers an almost electric-sounding depth of tone and sustain. Its small-body design makes this an enjoyable guitar for casual couch strumming, but its 12-fret bridge placement provides gives your Martin 000-15SM more than enough natural projection.

Martin 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Nothing beats the natural warmth and sustain of mahogany
  • Pure acoustic tone that will only get better over time
  • Martin Guitars: delivering professional quality since 1833
Nothing beats the natural warmth and sustain of mahogany

There's a good reason why singer-songwriters and many guitarists who sing swear by all-mahogany acoustic guitars such as the Martin 000-15SM. The naturally dark and mellow tone of mahogany is both extremely forgiving and it also provides a rich tonal complexity that's somewhat reminiscent of an electric sound. At the same time, the slightly deeper voice of the 000-15SM leaves plenty of sonic space for your voice, acting as a an excellent source of accompaniment.

Pure acoustic tone that will only get better over time

One reason that vintage Martin guitars like the 000-15SM sound so rich and captivating is that they've had years to age and mature. Solid wood guitars flex over the years and their tone "settles in" after lots of playing. The Martin 000-15SM sounds amazing right out of the case - but give it five or ten years, and you'll be blown away by the additional harmonic richness that develops over time.

Martin Guitars: delivering professional quality since 1833

So, why does a Martin sound so good? Consider the fact that the company has been making quality instruments since 1833, and what we might consider "modern" acoustic guitars since early in the 20th century. What's more, the company's commitment to quality has never wavered, so whether you're investing in a brand-new 000-15SM or inheriting a family heirloom vintage Martin, you know you're getting the best. The Martin 000-15SM limited edition acoustic guitar is an instrument that you'll want to keep for a lifetime, and you'll love Martin's uncompromising quality.

Martin 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • A magnificent small-bodied acoustic guitar with warm tone and ample projection
  • Made from 100% choice mahogany for a harmonically complex and tonally rich sound
  • Undersized 000 body is a real pleasure to play onstage or on your couch
  • 12-fret construction centers the bridge on the soundboard for added volume
  • Martin hardshell case included
Order your Martin 000-15SM acoustic guitar today!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape 000-12 Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Satin
Top Wood Solid Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Solid Mahogany
Body Bracing A-Frame X
Neck Wood Solid Mahogany
Neck Shape Modified low oval
Fingerboard Material Morado
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20 (12 clear of body)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Nickel Open-Geared with Ivoroid Buttons
Bridge Material Morado
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.75"
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 1000015SM

Customer Reviews

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The Martin 000-15SM - a very special instrument.

The Martin 000-15SM is a versatile, yet unique instrument. My particular guitar arrived in nearly perfect tune. It also required zero set-up. I've never owned a guitar that immediately felt so good in my hands. Both the action and intonation were perfect across the fretboard. The build quality is very impressive-not a flaw to be found. I know it's hard to believe- but it's true. Under three pounds- this thing was meant to sing. Being all mahogany- it doesn't have quite the same high midrange punch as the Martin's with spruce tops- but that's not what I was going for. What it it does have is incredible sustain and resonance that still speaks with that "martin"voice that I crave. I play finger style on it 95% of the time. This thing just excels with fingers. I don't think that it should be compared to the 000 15M. In my opinion this guitar has so much more personality and resonance. I'm sure this is due to the slotted headstock and the 12 fret design. Both of those factors contribute greatly to the tone. The slotted headstock puts more string pressure into the nut-and therefore the neck. The 12 fret design means more of the neck in contact with the face. I could go on.... In short- you won't be disappointed. :) p

Best guitar that ever got away

I had an older model, from the 90s. It had sealed tuning machines that were breaking, non-standard fit and out of production, so they couldn't be replaced. I sold it. I loved that guitar! It had a K&K pure mini in it. The sound was... MY sound... I've tried to replace it with other another 12-fret, namely an HD-28VS that cost twice as much. Nice, but not the same warmth and woodiness, and more difficult to play. Man, that 000-15sm was a great guitar! I really want another one, with the open grovers they put on now (which I'd replace with Waverlies, mostly because they look so cool). And install another K&K. And maybe even go big and put a strap button on the lower bout so I don't need the string thingy. I've just got to sell something else before I can do that.
Music background: Songwriter, occasional performer

Very impressed

Disclaimer: I own a $3500 Martin 000-18GE. This is the first time I've ever reviewed a guitar, but I feel compelled. The bottom line is that there is something special about either 12-fret guitars, or 12-fret with this body shape. It is one of the gems of Martin's line up in terms of value and execution. I walked into a store one day and picked up the 14-fret 000-15, which sounds nice. But the 000-15SM, aside from missing 2 frets (12-fret vs 14-fret) and the sexy slotted headstock, just blew it away. Much more alive sounding. It's well worth the extra $200. How does it compared w/ the 000-18GE? Well the GE is the best guitar I've ever played, but at twice the price. I could go on about that guitar but this is a review of the SM. Simply put, they are different enough guitars that I will keep the SM as well. The SM is not a general "do-it-all" guitars; it's purpose built, fantastic sounding, and has a real vintage style w/ no frills but a tone that can hang with the $2K-$3K models. You're paying for the essential tone, not the extras. It's exceptionally light with a raw/no frills feel to it (no gloss lacquered neck or binding). Tone-wise: strong fundamental, loud, warm yet bright, balanced. Biggest con: The tuners feel cheap. A touch of synthetic lube really helps. A 12-fret slotted headstock guitar is for a certain kind of player to be sure, but if that's you and you just want to know "is this guitar good?", the answer is: This one's a winner, you will not be disappointed.
Music background: 30 yrs playing

Martin 00015SM

This little guitar is a goldmine of tone--rich warm clear sound with overtones and lots of sustain--even the intonation is right on -- the neck width of 1 3/4" is great especially for finder picking-easy playing. If I had this to do over I would have bought this guitar years ago.
Music background: Good enough

it is the one

by far the best guitar I have ever owned. Have them ship with a set of D'Addario's EXP 16 light P/B. Put 'em on after a couple weeks of daily playing and you will see what I mean. I tried the OE strings that came with it (Martin SP Lifespans) but there was something missing in the tone and sustain for a couple of weeks after I got it. The EXP's are for my ear the best. Also tried Clapton's choice and went dead way too soon. Martin guitars are the best but the strings??? ( plus the D'addarios EXP 16 have less tension on the top which is a plus). BUY THIS GUITAR !!!!
Music background: Fingerstyle player for many years

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