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.