#1
I'm going to buy a martin 00-15 and I would like to know if the guitar is made of Mahohany or Sapele. How can one tell the difference?
#2
Sapele usually has this "ribboned" look to it, whereas mahogany does not.
#3
all the newly built 15 series (2007 and on i think) are sapele. it would be quite hard to find a mahogany one unless you buy used or if some store has had the same stock for a few years.
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#4

Sapele



Mahogany

Don't let the sapele turn you off the D-15 though. I don't know anyone who claims to be able to differentiate between them soundwise. If there is a difference, it's subtle as hell, and I for one can't hear it.
#5
^ Exactly

Sapele has a really striped look to it. My guitar has sapele back and sides. The difference in sound between sapele and mahogany, in my opinion, is negligible.
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