M-38 is a fully acoustic steel-stringer from the Standard series and it comes with a non-cutaway body construction. Body of this six-stringer is labeled with 0000 and M badges. Size-wise, this model is slightly smaller than dreadnought and is very close to what is called grand auditorium. It is 16" wide, 20" long and 4" deep. M-38 body is made of solid rosewood back and sides with solid spruce sound board on top. Bracing under the sound board is also made of spruce. Solid wood construction continues on with solid ebony bridge with belly contour and bone saddle. 20-fret fingerboard is also made of ebony and it features dot inlays and 1-11/16" bone nut. Solid hardwood is used for the low profile neck.
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I bought my Martin M38 in 1986 directly from the factory outlet. I am appreciating it now, after I had it tuned up and strung properly by a pro shop, here in Italy where I live now. In fact it did not keep the tuning properly and was quite hard playing. With higher gauge strings it is perfect now , and sounds a lot louder.
Martin M-38 4.56 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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