Martin 000-16GT L Reviews
My first experience with guitar playing as a lefty began in the 70's by restringing a right-handed Epiphone acoustic, and later a Gibson Melody Maker. For any lefty who has travelled this road, you know it works, but just does not have the best intonation, tuning, and on... Anyway, now being a parent to a teen-ager interested in guitar playing, I thought it was time to treat myself and began looking for a left-handed acoustic made as a lefty for myself.
My first left-handed acoustic was a Washburn Dreadnought. Quite good for the money and even better being made as a lefty for a lefty. Though I found myself wanting a smaller body, which led me to Martin.
Initially, I considered the Martin Road Series for affordability with a solid wood top (laminate sides/back). As I looked around further, I eventually landed with the 000-16GT L.
At the time, 2002, Music 123 was offering the guitar for $735 (list was $1279+/-). Since I like to do business locally whenever I can, Matanuska Music in Wasilla, Alaska agreed to match the price. The rest is now history.
Martin does not charge extra for left-handed versions, a plus in my book. If you're lucky, you might be able to find a lefty in stock somewhere. Otherwise, just be prepared to have to wait. I dare say your wait will be rewarded. The 16 Series in my opinion is one heck of a value for an all solid wood guitar that is becoming better with age. Remember, you get what you pay fo. I still have my Washburn, though seldom play it. And I've since added a Gibson SG Faded Lefty for electric play. Bottomline, I spend most of my guitar playing time with my Martin 000-16GT L...John B. rated this unit on 2004-05-12.
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