So I stopped into my local music store, a small m&p one, and see this Martin 00-18 hangin'. Get a quick blood rush and as he takes it down I see the Sigma decal & MIK. but the Sitka top looks nice and it only has a couple marks, nothing bad. So I barr the 7th and even with bad set of strings it rings forever. So I go check out the net to find everything out about it and think I'll take my chances @ $70 [the going rate]. Take it home and do a fret level job and a slight neck relief and add some Thomastik Plectrums and it's amazing. Works best with a pick but the aged Sitka makes it ring all across the range. Doesn't have the thump on the lows like other 18s I've had and has great action. Mahogany & Sitka in a small box, sweet geetar. Oh, and a new Martin 00-18V is $2400!!