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« Reply #80 on: December 17, 2007, 01:06:59 PM »

000-15. Slot or not, both are hot, I kid you not.

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« Reply #81 on: December 30, 2007, 04:26:45 AM »

This is a little misleading.  Most of these Martins should be available NEW for under US$1,000.  The 000-15S, which isn't listed in the previous post, would probably run you a bit over a grand, street price, new.  I don't believe Martin makes (or has made in the recent past, for that matter) an OM-15. The OM-16GT is not currently made by Martin, but is different from the 000-16GT only in that the nut was 1/16" wider.  If you're looking at used Martins, you should probably also look at the 000-16SRGT (rosewood 12 fret slothead) and the 000-16SGT (mahogany 12 fret slothead), both out of production, available as custom orders, but also occasionally found on the used markets for reasonable prices. 

Generally, the best of the group are the 12 fret versions.  The 000-15S is easy to find, new or used.  The two 16 series are around but get snapped up very quickly, often within a day of going on the market.

I played an OMC-15e recently and it appears to be a current model. I don't know how the cutaway and preamp would add to or detract from the bluesy vibe of this particular guitar, but they certainly add to the price.

BTW - I wonder how bluesy the Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500M is? They sure are hard to find at my local Epi dealers.  drool


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« Reply #82 on: December 30, 2007, 06:14:41 AM »

BTW - I wonder how bluesy the Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500M is? They sure are hard to find at my local Epi dealers.  drool

According to Epiphone, they are out of stock until February. Demand has been higher than anticipated and they are made in very large batches only, so you'll have to wait for a bit.

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