I've been thinking about one of those, too. You can get one (from the right Martin dealer) for around 40% off MSRP, or right at $1K.
Martin's other series below the 15 series are now also offering some other interesting options, like this all solid sapele 000-10E, which can be had for around $600. With a built-in pickup (the "E" part), no less!
Last Edit: Jan 6, 2020 12:46:29 GMT -5 by Lefty Rev
I really really regret not buying a 000-15M that hung around for a while at my favorite brick and mortar back in Michigan. Every time I came in I was drawn to it and played it. It felt right and sounded right, and I'll admit it was pure vanity that kept me from buying it. I ended up buying a D17M which has proven to be a fantastic guitar, big and proud. I passed on the 000-15M because I was (am) a little turned off by non-gloss tops. I have played a number of other 15M's that didn't quite have the appeal that one particular guitar did. Love holding the 000-15's, fit just right.
Don't forget about 12 fret guitars, but remember that some will sound more like a toy than a real guitar. I was looking for something I could use for finger-picking since I have big hands and my fingers are crowded on my Ibanez AW-60 and I tried lots of different brands & models with little success. Some looked great, but sounded like the old Stella I started on and while I would like to have it now, it was almost unplayable for anything but slide (which is why I wish I still had it).I walked into a local guitar shop, went to the end of the rack, looked up and said "Aw, crap!". They had two 000 models- I don't remember the other, but the one I grabbed is a Shenandoah from '93, which is apparently after Martin stopped using a Japanese company to make their imports and everything I have found about it says that it wasn't made for the US market. It's built in fairly typical Shenandoah fashion: laminated back & sides (East Indian Rosewood) and a solid Spruce top. It also has herringbone binding, zig-zag center stripe, inlaid rosette, pyramid bridge and slotted head (not my favorite, but I'll live). Much fuller sound than almost any other small body guitar I have heard or played- it's pretty loud but its sound is very well-balanced. Very comfortable to play, too- I have two bad shoulders and sometimes I can't play at all, but sometimes I just take a couple of Alleve and tough it out.
I'm very happy with it. It can be seen in another forum by google searching 'Shenandoah MH00028V' and looking for the link to another thread.
You might want to check out the new Yamaha FG5 guitars. I got the FGX5 (with electronics) and it is just great. I like it better than a D41 I subsequently sold. The "5" guitars are hand made in Japan and are somewhat limited. Torrified top, scalloped, ebony, bone.
My first Martin purchased in 1961 was a 1939 Martin 00-17.. paid $4 (four) dollars. Currently have a 2015 Martin 00-18V with highly figured mahogany backs and sides. I have owned other 00s..
I purchased the third 000-15 Martin produced. Also highly figured mahogany backs, sides and top, and very dark straight grained rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Sold it because it suffered from NNS (narrow nut syndrome) 1 11/6ths. Otherwise a very fine guitar.