I’m in the market to upgrade my Yamaha APX600 that I’ve been using to learn on, and I’m at a stage where my eyes are wandering to something a bit nicer (ssshh don’t tell the Yamaha!).
I saw the Martin D10E is within my budget and seems to match most of my requirements - sub-£1k, dreadnaught or similar, with pickups, solid wood, and of course that desirable Martin name (I know, I’m weak ok) and I think it’s around 44 or 45mm nut. I find my APX is fine but I think that bit extra with would be good.
I’m no expert in specs but have a rough idea about it. I’m maybe at the lower end of intermediate as a player.
Anyway, I’ve had my eyes on the D10E for a while.
So I went to my local music store and asked about it and the store expert suggested the lower end Martins, ain’t all that and directed me towards Faith, which I’ve never really given much attention to before. I’ve since done a bit of research and they seem rather nice guitars with a good reputation. Like the materials it’s made from are of higher quality such as bone pins rather than plastic on the Martin, and with ebony goodness, basically they sound as if they use good materials etc.
Given my leaning towards a 45mm nut it seems the main Faith looks like a Faith Legacy (I’ve seen a Mars version within my budget and that’s a very similar price to the Martin D10E).
If i had to go for 43mm then i could also include the Faith blood moon neptune.
Another one I had in mind was the Gibson G45, I believe, but it didn’t have pickups and not sure the nut, so i’ve kind of rule that out.
But mainly I’m interested in D10E vs Faith Legacy.
I understand going and playing them is the way to find out, but it’s a bit hard to get my hand on those guitars
So let’s assume it’s between the Faith Legacy Mars, and the Martin D10E, does anyone have experience of these two and can push my wallet one way or the other? I’m open to alternatives, but focusing on these two would be great.
My feeling says the Faith probably is the better value for money. But given this guitar would probably be the one I’ll be holding onto for the long term, I wonder if I got the Faith would my eye still be wandering to that Martin name on the headstock, as that’s what I’ve mainly thought I should get as my long term guitar. But I have heard good things about the Faith and if it’s a better guitar than the D10E, I could be happy with that.
EDIT: I should probably mention I like folk style guitar, and I like both strumming and fingerpicking so an-rounder is nice.
Thanks for your time
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