I am glad to hear that the Taylor M522 is a winner...that is one model that I am looking into. I own a Taylor 2003, 810 model and love it. The M522 is also reasonably priced so that is a plus. I agree that some of the boutique shops have…"
"David, did you come up with something yet?
Two weeks ago, I got a Taylor M522 and am very pleased. It is my first Taylor and find it typical of the type as described here and elsewhere. Super playability. Good, balanced tone. …"
I own a Martin 000-15M, all Mahogany. It's even below your price range and yet very versatile guitar. I like very much mine although it does not get so much attention. You may even get used one on Ebay below 1k.
"I fell in love with and bought this one, the Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Mahogany Folk. It's not a super expensive guitar, but not a cheap one either. It's all solid wood and the playability from the factory is…"
"I searched for about one year for a mid-sized all mahogany guitar to complement other acoustic guitars I have for playing fingerstyle. Played many in different price ranges. I ended up with a used Santa Cruz 1929 000. A close second was…"
Hi all,I am in the market for the above axe with an ebony or rosewood fretboard. I am willing to pay the Collings or Santa Cruz price (cringe)! but would rather stay within the $1500 to $2500 range. I'm asking for any feedback that our astute members may be willing to share!Thanks in advance, DavidSee More
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Wow a 75 Special, that's a hall of fame guitar!
My G50 has enough playing hours through it that it does not require a warm-up to get going; it seems to "get up and go" with no problem after not being played for a period of…"
I own a G-50 (bought new in '07) which is Gallagher's version of a Martin D-18. Big volume, big tone, big dimensions--it will not fit on my Taylor wooden guitar stand, it's too deep. Definitely made for the flat picker and…"
No, I have not played the GAD F-130R nor have I ever had the opportunity to play one. But for half of the cost of the Standard , it's probably a fine guitar w/o solid back & sides and a satin finish. On the Guild website they…"
I bot a new F-30R Standard--built in New Hartford, CT-- a year ago from Elderly in Lansing, MI. I was looking for a finger style axe to complement my Taylor 810. Long story short, this is the best guitar (the F-30R that is) that I have ever…"
Hey David ... I don't think your message got onto the Martin group discussion page. Did you join the group first? Pretty sure you can't post or message the group unless you are a member.
At any rate, here's my feedback on your question:
Dave ... one caveat about the Martin 00015M ... unlike other Martin 000 models, this one has the narrower 1.68 inch nut. As a fingerstyle player, you probably appreciate the 1.75 nut that comes on other 000 Martins and is what I think you have on your Taylor. Just something to be aware of as you decide.
I have played the Martin 00028EC, and absolutely loved it. Of course price-wise, that is apples and oranges with the 00015. I believe you need to go up in cost to the 00018 to get a 1.75 nut.
But ... while not mahogany topped, the new Martin "Performing Artist" line features a very reasonably priced solid wood model called the GCPA4 that has the 1.75 nut and also has a Fishman built-in pickup. It's a Grand Concert size (similar to the 000) and sells at under $1,100 at most shops. They also have a dreadnought and an orchestra-size at the same price.