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Comparison: Short Scale vs Standard Scale – Martin D-18

Today, it’s a Martin dreadnought battle as we compare 2 MV Custom D-18’s… one with a short scale and the other with a standard scale. Similarities: 14-fret Dreadnought body Sitka Spruce top (sanded thinner, .105″) Solid Mahogany back & sides Mahogany neck (low profile) Golden Era Style Bracing Upgraded beveled pickguard Black ebony bridge and fingerboard […]


New From Martin – 18’s, 28’s, and 35’s with Cutaway and Electronics!

Martin has made a few of their flagship models available with a cutaway and Fishman electronics – new for 2016. Check it out… The 18’s (DC-18E, OMC-18E, GPC-18E) The “18E” acoustic-electric cutaway models have been finely crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top, genuine mahogany back and sides and solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge. […]


Martin Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Dreadnought with 2 Limited Models

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 5454) – January 4, 2016 – Martin Guitar ( will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of their iconic Dreadnought model (1916-2016), known worldwide as the most copied body size in the world. To launch the year-long celebration, Martin Guitar will unveil two distinctive limited edition models during the 2016 Winter NAMM […]


Paul Talks with Chris Martin about Martin Guitars (2 of 2)

Music Villa owner, Paul Decker sits down with legendary guitar-maker, Chris Martin IV to discuss Martin’s 175th Anniversary Dreadnought, and more! Created and built by the finest luthiers in the Martin Custom Shop in celebration of the company’s 175th anniversary. The back shows every generation of the Martin family, dating back to 1833. This guitar is […]


November’s Top 16 Guitars We Can’t Believe are Still in Stock

To kick off November, here’s our “Top 16 guitars we can’t believe are still in stock.” Which would you LOVE to add to your arsenal?? Taylor GC Custom Sassafras (short scale): $4,700 | View Product >> Gibson J-45 Vintage LTD: $3,999 | View Product >> Taylor GS Custom 9-string: $4,800 | View Product >> Martin 0000 14-fret Madagascar […]


Paul Talks with Chris Martin about Martin’s D-100 Deluxe (1 of 2)

Music Villa owner, Paul Decker sits down with legendary guitar-maker, Chris Martin IV to discuss Martin’s one-millionth guitar, the Martin D-100 Deluxe. Only 50 made of this exquisite masterpiece, and we have #45 of 50. This guitar is basically sold out and our’s is still here. It’s setup and ready to ship. Please call us […]


How Does Relative Humidity Affect Your Guitar?

The following information comes from Martin, but isn’t specific to just Martin Guitars. Every acoustic instrument needs some sort of humidity, especially as Fall turns to Winter! To download the full PDF, click here >> How does relative humidity affect guitars? Every organic, porous substance tries to equalize to the surrounding air, both in temperature and humidity. […]


Chris Martin Interview: Being CEO of Martin Guitars [full video]

Tony sits down with legendary guitar-maker and CEO of Martin Guitars, Chris Martin I.V. to talk about… His take on rare tonewoods Chris’ folk art collection (hint: naked Adam, Eve, and the devil?!) The story of the Louvin Brothers Devil Martin Guitar A day in the life of Chris Martin Who’s running the day to […]


Martin D-45 vs Martin D-41

Today, it’s a powerhouse Martin dreadnought battle… the Martin D-45 vs the Martin D-41. Which would you choose? Similarities: Solid sitka spruce top Standard 5/16″ scalloped X-bracing Rosewood back & sides Low profile mahogany necks White binding Bone nut & saddle 1 11/16 inch nut width Ebony bridge Gold closed-back tuners Same headstock overlay Abalone […]


Taylor GS Mini vs Martin Dreadnought Junior

We’re very excited about today’s comparison between the reigning champ of travel acoustics, the Taylor GS Mini, and the all new Martin Dreadnought Junior. Do you think the GS Mini can be dethroned? Similarities: Travel bag Low profile neck Strap buttons Closed-back Chrome tuners Solid sitka spruce tops Tusq saddle & nut Differences: Taylor GS […]


Martin HD-28 MV (Hot Rod) Custom – Our Best Selling Model

Our most popular & best-selling Music Villa (Hot Rod) Custom model is back and better than ever!! Today, we’re happy to welcome back the original Martin HD-28 MV Custom. You won’t believe the difference these simple upgrades make… It’s available in Natural or Sunburst. We currently have 3 natural and 1 sunburst available and ready […]


Martin D-45 vs D-42 Guitar Shootout!

Today we give you another powerhouse comparison… the Martin D-45 vs the Martin D-42. In your opinion, which sounds better? Similarities: East Indian Rosewood back & sides Sitka spruce tops Gloss mahogany necks 1 11/16 inch bone nut Bone saddle Differences: D-45: Standard scalloped X-bracing Hexagon inlays Abalone purfling throughout Closed gold tuners White binding Price: $8,249 | Product […]


2015 Martin Limited Editions & New Models

Martin Guitar just released it’s list of limited edition & new models for 2015. We’ll be getting some of these, please feel free to call us about availability and arrival times. Martin also announced a new tone system: The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. […]


Martin 000-15M vs Martin 000-15SM

Today we compare 2 very similar Martin 000-15’s… the Martin 000-15M vs Martin 000-15SM. Which would you choose? Similarities: Small body Solid Mahogany back & sides Marado bridge & fingerboard Bone Saddle & Nut Ebony bridge pins Mahogany neck A Frame X-bracing Differences: Martin 000-15M: Standard Headstock Bone Nut (1 11/16 inch) Bridge string spacing: 2 1/8 […]


Martin D-100 Deluxe – Coming Soon!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Martin’s D-100 Deluxe is maybe one of the most sought-after guitars on the market right now. It fact, it’s basically sold out! BUT, fear not. We have one on the way. They only made 50, and we’re getting #45. More about the Martin D-100 Deluxe: To celebrate the unprecedented industry milestone of their […]


Taylor 522e VS Martin 000-15SM – 12-fret Mahogany Comparison

Today we compare a couple 12-fret Mahogany acoustics… the Taylor 522e vs the Martin 000-15sm. Which would you choose? Similarities: 12-fret Solid mahogany body 1 3/4 inch nut Slotted headstock Ivoroid button tuners Differences: Taylor 522e: Gloss Finish Ebony bridge & fingerboard Tusq saddle Ivoroid binding Tusq nut 24 7/8 inch scale length Martin 000-15sm: 25.4 […]


Gibson J-29 vs Martin HD-28 SS

Today we compare 2 of the most popular acoustic guitars… the Gibson J-29 vs the Martin HD-28 (short scale). Which would you choose? Similarities: Sitka spruce top Scalloped X-bracing Rosewood back & sides Mahogany neck 1 11/16 inch nut width 24 3/4 inch scale length Differences: Gibson J-29: Rosewood bridge Tusq saddle C-profile neck Rosewood fingerboard […]


Martin D-1GT vs D-17M – Can you hear the difference?

Today we compare 2 similar Martin models… the D-1GT vs D-17m. Can you hear a difference? Similarities: Body size (dreadnought) Sitka spruce top 1 11/16 nut width Differences: D-1GT: Hybrid Scalloped X-bracing Tusq saddle White corien nut Solid sapele back & sides Richlite bridge & fingerboard Closed-back tuners Standard Martin headstock Price: $1,049 D-17m: A-Frame […]


Martin 000-18 vs 000-28 – Tone Wood Comparison

Today, we compare 2 very similar 000 models from Martin… the 000-18 vs the 000-28. It’s a rosewood vs mahogany battle. Which would you choose? Similarities: Body size (000) Sitka spruce tops (sanded thinner) Golden Era style bracing Low profile mahogany neck Ebony fingerboard & bridge Bone saddle 1 11/16 inch bone nut Open gear tuners Classic […]


Martin LX1 vs Baby Taylor – A Travel Guitar Comparison

No, Tony didn’t become a giant… he’s just comparing 2 tiny guitars (or travel guitars). Today, it’s the Martin LX1 vs the Baby Taylor. Which one wins for you? Similarities: Both travel guitars Sitka spruce tops X-bracing 1 11/16 inch nuts Same tuners Gig bag Price: $299 Differences: Baby Taylor: Laminate sapele back & sides Mahogany […]