Originally Posted by deckard1
Fair enough. I probably should not have included the word 'simply'. Martins are amazing guitars. But, there must be other companies that make comparable guitars (or close to it) that don't have a 150 year history. No?
In my opinion; No. I think Collings, Huss and Dalton, Santa Cruz, Bourgious and other boutique builders are in the same league but they are considerably more expensive.
Now is a $2400 Martin 4 times "better" than a $600 guitar? Maybe not. But that's in the eye of the beholder. It depends a lot on the skill of the player. To me, it is worth it, but I've been playing for 25 years. Most new players can't hear the difference and they almost certainly don't have the touch the get the most out of a Martin.
1. Buy used and don't spend $600. A $600 guitar is a $200 after you walk out of the store. Get a used Yamaha or Epiphone or Takamine (or other) for $200 -$300. Try to get one that is all solid wood - not plywood - or at least an all solid top. Play it for a year or two - see where it leads you. Check craigslist - research on manufacturers websites for specs. Get a good deal.
2. Even though Martins, Gibsons, Tayolrs, etc. are expensive, they will hold their value. You can (eventually) get a used D18 for ...around $1400. It will still
be worth $1400 in 10 years.