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« on: August 10, 2020, 06:30:29 PM »

So why oh why am I buying another guitar?!?!? Link to DSS-15M Streetmaster at Maury's Music

Well, I sold a Martin OM-21 a couple weeks ago, and I've learned that the Martin custom I'm waiting on may take 9-12 months because of COVID (not just 6 months). The same may be true for the Larrivee Tommy Emmanuel I'm waiting on (but I don't know Larrivee's timeline).

So there's a huge window there. AND - I played a similar DSS-17 a while back at Dave's Guitar Shop in LaCrosse, WI - and that guitar was very impressive. The "DSS" is short for "Dreadnought Sloped Shoulder" - so sort of a Gibson J shape, but with Martin's long 25.4" scale.

Other notable specs on this model are the Mahogany top, Sipo b/s, Katalox fretboard and bridge, "select hardwood" neck. Simple dovetail neck joint, I'm not sure about the bracing - will report on that after it arrives. Worn nickel finish open tuners. Comes with a nice heavily padded Martin gig bag (and I have sturdier cases to use for it if/when needed).

It will arrive Wednesday, so I'll report back with an initial review and try to also share some pics.

For those who wonder if I'm insane - just remember: as a lefty, it's hard to find guitars to just try out "off the rack"! So sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and order things to decide if they're something you want in your herd! Also, my kids are raised, I'm approaching retirement, and so my expenses are a little more loosened up than they've been in years past. Also, Maury's gives you even more off (a significant amount more) when you ask on the phone for his best price. So I didn't pay near what this is listed for at MAP price. If it's an absolute dog I can return it, and if I decide to sell it in a year or two, I'll be able to recoup a lot of my investment.
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2020, 11:20:21 PM »

I had one of these.  Nice guitars.  They’re a lap full, however.  That’s not a bad thing, just a little more guitar than I wanted deal with, physically.

Enjoy...great Martin tone in spades.

Rb
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2020, 01:19:02 AM »

For those who wonder if I'm insane
Yeah, I wonder sometimes, but your explanation has merit.
Mike
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2020, 02:35:05 AM »

I never wondered if you were insane.......I knew you were,the penguine's  said they were working on you tooo......
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2020, 05:43:45 PM »

No. You are definitely insane. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2020, 06:14:58 PM »

LOL to Rob and Tom!!!   
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2020, 06:17:14 PM »

I had one of these.  Nice guitars.  They’re a lap full, however.  That’s not a bad thing, just a little more guitar than I wanted deal with, physically.

Enjoy...great Martin tone in spades.

Rb

At 62 (and at almost 6'2" ironically), I still don't mind dreadnoughts or other larger bodied guitars (within reason). My Martin Jumbo, with it's tighter waist, is more comfortable than a dread. I suspect the StreetMaster will feel similar to a J-35/J-45... I've owned both of those and thought they were comfortable guitars.
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2020, 12:49:22 AM »

No. You are definitely insane. 

And btw Tom, it's good to see you posting around here again. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2020, 05:02:23 PM »

And btw Tom, it's good to see you posting around here again. 

Thanks. Going through much turmoil. Limited commenting. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2020, 06:29:16 PM »

Thanks. Going through much turmoil. Limited commenting. 

Mojo, thoughts and prayers for you and yours.
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2020, 08:07:50 PM »

Received the DSS-15M StreetMaster today.

While this is my first hand, newbie review, I'll say I am very pleased with this guitar. Overall, Martin's materials and workmanship on this thing are nothing less than stellar. Once again, the 15 Series does not disappoint.

I've had enough new (and new to me) instruments to know that first impressions can be "glowing" - but my experience has also been that within a few minutes I'll know if there's something about an instrument that falls short. I don't sense anything that falls short on this guitar.

The only things I will change will be to try different strings (Light, Medium-Light and LJ Retro) on it, and maybe lower the saddle a little, but I won't know until I get the Medium strings off. One other thing I might change is the tuners; they're a little stiff. I have a set of Martin labeled chrome-knob tuners that would probably function much better, but they would definitely change the aesthetic of the guitar.

The sound is big, round and full in the bass. It is a little more "dispersed" on the individual notes than my J-18; the notes on the J are very focused and direct...not sure how else to describe what I'm hearing tonally. I think the DSS will become more focused as it plays in/breaks in. (Checked the bracing: it has two scalloped braces across the lower bout like a Standard Series.)

In the pics, you can see that Martin even did the under arm "wear" correctly for a lefty guitar; the wear looks fine in person, when playing I don't really notice it, other than the satin finish feels very good.

The black Martin gig bag is fine - bonus is I have cases that will fit this guitar perfectly, and the gig bag fits my J-18, so win win.

Final verdict: I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger on this one - it sounds really good now; looking forward to hearing how it opens up over time.


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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2020, 06:43:56 PM »

Mikeymac, the tuners on mine were very tight when I received  it.  I loved the look of them, but they needed attention.  I took a small screwdriver and gently pried the tabs that hold the worm gear apart, ever so slightly.  That did the trick and they worked very smoothly.  It was like I speeded (sped?) up the natural wear process a bit.  They still held tuning perfectly.
If you are thinking replacing them, nothing to lose trying this trick.  It took literally 3 minutes to do them all.

Good luck
Roger
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2020, 03:55:25 PM »

Mikeymac, the tuners on mine were very tight when I received  it.  I loved the look of them, but they needed attention.  I took a small screwdriver and gently pried the tabs that hold the worm gear apart, ever so slightly.  That did the trick and they worked very smoothly.  It was like I speeded (sped?) up the natural wear process a bit.  They still held tuning perfectly.
If you are thinking replacing them, nothing to lose trying this trick.  It took literally 3 minutes to do them all.

Good luck
Roger

Thanks for the tip! I'll try that.
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1979 L-19 (converted to lefty)
1988 L-09 FM (converting to lefty asap)
1992 OM-05 Custom
2010 RS-4 in Candy Blue
2015 L-05 Custom; 2020 C-03R-TE (on order!)
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