Martin 000M-15 StreetMaster acoustic

Ben Morgan-Brown reviews the ‘ready worn’ version of Martin’s all-mahogany 000-15

There’s nothing quite like an old, worn and well played-in Martin acoustic from the ‘golden age’. Well, perhaps not ‘nothing’, as the Martin has long realised the desirability of its legendary vintage instruments and in recent years has undertaken a lot of work to produce guitars with as much vintage appeal as possible. Possibly taking it a bit too far for some tastes, is the ‘StreetMaster’ version of Martin’s all-mahogany 000M-15, which, while it doesn’t go to quite the lengths of some of the ‘distressed’ faux-vintage Fenders and other solid bodied electrics that you see, still looks like it has seem some action. ‘Distressed’ they call it. But it’s your choice. If you’d rather your brand new Martin ready to receive your own dings and scratches, that’s fine too, as the manufacturer also offers a pristine version, the standard 00-15M.

Leaving aside its ready-worn image, the 0015-M is designed for players seeking a currently fashionable stripped down all-mahogany acoustic guitar and while it isn’t the cheapest mahogany acoustic you can buy, comes with that Martin pedigree which means it will always hold its value and, as it ages (being a solid wood instrument) will play-in and mature tonally.

Keeping the price down as far as possible, USA-made 00015-M does without without fancy inlays and other detail touches, has a Katalox fingerboard (a central American hardwood) and has no pickup (not a problem – in many ways it’s preferable to add one of your own choosing rather than put up with whatever a guitar maker offers as standard) and comes with a gig bag, rather than a case.

Most importantly, how does it sound and play? Ben Morgan-Brown takes the StreetMaster for a stroll.

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Martin 000M-15 StreetMaster

UK Price RRP £1499

Construction: Simple Dovetail Neck Joint

Body Size: 000-14 Fret

Top Material: Mahogany

Rosette: Multi-Stripe

Bracing Pattern: X Brace

Brace Shape: Non-Scalloped

Brace Material: Sitka Spruce

Brace Size: 5/16″

Back Material: Mahogany

Side Material: Mahogany

Neck Material: Mahogany

Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval

Neck Taper: Standard Taper

Plek: Yes

Nut Material: Bone

Headstock Shape: Solid with Square Taper

Headplate Material: Mahogany

Headplate Logo Style: Script Old Style Overlay

Fingerboard Material: Katalox

Scale Length: 25.4″

Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret

Number of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16”

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8”

Fingerboard Inlay Material: Abalone

Fingerboard Inlay Style: Diamonds and Squares Short Pattern

Side Dots: Yellow

Back and Side Finish: Satin

Back and Sides Color: Dark Mahogany

Finish Top: Satin

Top Color: Mahogany Burst

Finish Neck: Satin

Neck Color: Dark Mahogany

Bridge Material: Katalox

Bridge Style: Modern Belly – Drop in Saddle

Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8”

Saddle: Compensated Bone

Saddle Radius: 16″

Tuning Machines: Golden Age Relic Nickel

Recommended Strings: SP Acoustic 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Light (MSP4100)

Knob: Cream Plastic

Bridge Pin Material: Ebony

Bridge Pin Dots: None

Case: Soft Gig Bag

Left Handed Availability: Yes