Martin JC 16-GTE Gloss Top Jumbo Reviews 5

I bought my Martin from the Sam Ash Music chain in Orange County, CA. The tag price was $1250 w/case. List price was about $1900. I managed to talk the salesman down to $1175.

It is esthetically beautiful. The wood grain on the back and sides is amazing. The Martin tuners hold a tune for weeks at a time. The rosette consists of beautiful multi-colored wood inlays and the back spine has similar inlays. The sound is bright, loud and crisp. It has a Fishman pickup which I use when I want to experiment with different sounds. It has a good "feel" to it. It's as if you know you're holding a quality instrument.

No dislikes. The price is steep for recreational players. But, I expect that for a quality instrument.

Solid spruce top. Mahogony back and sides. Ebony fingerboard. Fishman pickup. Martin tuners. Superb workmanship.

I am proud to own this instrument. It looks great, has terrific tone and projection, and the workmanship is outstanding. And, it came with a case!

Russ rated this unit 5 on 2002-03-29.

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