After almost 100 years, this Martin sounds better than ever, but how does it compare to other Martins?
Today’s show is something truly special, especially for those of you who love vintage guitars just as much as I do. We’ll be exploring the world of all-mahogany, pre-1950 Martin Guitars, from the craftsmanship and the sound to why these guitars are valued by guitar geeks.
We’re kicking things off with a 1946 Martin 00-17, a mid-sized guitar that packs a punch. The all-mahogany build gives it a warm, mellow tone and its larger body size projects that tone beautifully. If you’re all about that mid-range magic, this one is for you.
Next up, we’re taking a leap back in time with a 1935 Martin 0-17. This beauty features a smaller body size that contributes to a distinct, focused tone. Despite its compact size, this all-mahogany Martin has a voice that’s full of character—it’s perfect for those fingerpicking blues.
Finally, we’re going even further back to 1926 with the Martin 2-17. The smallest of the bunch, it surprises with its rich and warm sound. This one is proof that size doesn’t always equate to sound. Its smaller stature gives it a unique tonal profile that’s just simply enchanting, dry, woody, and responsive.
Throughout the episode, we’ll do side-by-side comparisons of these amazing instruments to truly dive deep into the effect of body size on a guitar’s tone. Not to mention, these all-mahogany Martins are more accessible in terms of price – making them fantastic options for guitarists who want that vintage charm without breaking the bank compared to other guitars from these years.
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Featured in this episode…
– David and the Devil
– Bella White Music
– Rhett Shull