When Martin approached me to review one of their newish models, the StreetMaster, I was ecstatic. Martin, based in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has made some of the most consistently coveted guitars in the world and this one looked wild.

Essentially the 000-15M StreetMaster is a busker’s guitar. It’s small, compact, and has great sound. The body and neck are made of mahogany and the guitar itself weighs a little more than 3.5 lbs and has a 14-fret neck which means the neck joins the body at the 14th fret.

The body of the guitar is pre-relicced but without looking like someone went at it with a screwdriver. The pert little tuning knobs are designed in classic Martin style and the whole guitar feels like a ukelele you play like a guitar with full guitar bass and treble. It’s oddly endearing.

As for playability, this is a Martin. The strings are set up perfectly and you get solid sound all up and down the fretboard. There are no onboard electronics in the model I tested but you can get a pickup mounted for amplified sound. That said, I loved how this thing maintained solid sustain and depth and it would make a great guitar for folk or indie artists.

The guitar costs a hefty $1,599 but for a Martin that you’d be able to pass on to your grandchildren, it’s quite a bargain. The StreetMaster is simply lovely.

Check out our video review below.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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