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Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Strategist, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Strategist

    Strategist Strat-Talker

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    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!!
     

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  2. StratDen

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    Sigma was the affordable division of Martin for a few years using similar specs and woods with assembly in Korea. Congrats on your find!
     
  3. Strategist

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    Found that it's got solid Mahogany bac & sides as compaired to plywood veneer and has all the apointments a regular one would have, less bracing on the inside. Albeit plastic nut, compensated saddle, pins & cheaper tuners, it has mahogany neck, rosewood board & bridge and a very nice aged sitka top. I've decided it's possably a '96 and since it wasn't used much that tuners are tight and the intonation is spot-on.
    I'm like a kid with a new bike...lol
     
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    Great Find!!!
     
  5. Strategist

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    More research revels that the mahogany & sitka are a 3 ply-wood, probably pine center ply, which accounts for better tones across the range. Top is only .230" thick so theres still a lot of M&S wood in the construction. Also they stopped making in Korea in '91 so it's older than I thought.
     
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