Price paid: A$ 400
Purchased from: Random Music Shop in Cairnes
Sound — 8
Suits my style of playing very well. I generally will mic it up to my Marshall AS100D for gigging purposes, and both perform well together. Provides a great sound, tonally and dynamically, and has been extensive used, and suited, for both rhythm and lead guitar playing.
Overall Impression — 9
It felt like I stole this from the shop owner at the price I paid for it. I'm not knowledgeable in the Australian company of Martinez, but this guitar has been great for me since buying it in 2007, and will likely be great for me for a while to come yet. I heavily rely on this guitar, as my main instrument of use within various bands, and so I'd recommend anyone in trying it. If it was lost or stolen, I'd 100% be on the phone to the Australian Company to get one shipped back over to me in the UK! Or if worst came to worst, it wouldn't be too bad to go back there to get it again! This Guitar has found it's place at the top of my collection, which makes me wonder if I've wasted my money elsewhere, due to the price of this one and the reliability it's given me!
Reliability & Durability — 9
I can guarantee this Guitar as very reliable and durably, due to the fact it's spent most of it's life backpacking around different countries with me. It's never let me down, and even though it's had it's fair share of knocks and drops, it's still has a great finish that's only scratched lightly. Whilst backpacking, I performed for food and drink, using this guitar as my only option, so I know I can definitely rely on this guitar without a backup, although now I'm home, I won't been seen dead without at least one backup a gig!
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The factory settings were better then I could have asked for. Whilst backpacking, I had no option of adjusting anything, and merely wanted a great sounding, great looking guitar for my travels. This provided it all for me.
Features — 9
Solid Top Dreadnought Acoustic Solid Cedar Top Zebrawood back & sides Natowood neck Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge Maple timber binding on neck and body Timber Inlay Soundhole Rosette Tortoise-shell printed pick-guard Diecast Gold Machine Heads with Pearloid buttons Came with Gigging Bag, Tuner, Picks and a strap. The owner of the shop felt sorry for me as I was backpacking and on a budget!